"Matt Brown has apologized for the comments made on his podcast, and we have addressed the matter with him. His comments don't reflect the views of the UFC. There's no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. The UFC is built on principles of respect, and any statements to the contrary are not acceptable."
"I have spoken with the UFC about the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and what is required and expected of me as a professional athlete under the terms of my promotion agreement," Brown said. "The UFC has a policy of inclusion and respect for all people and I understand the importance of being more aware of my actions and words."
Given the UFC's investment in women's MMA, it's not surprising Brown's statements weren't appreciated. To have a notable employee/contractor not promote, but rather discourage fans from enjoying your product, while also offending people, is likely not ideal for the UFC. Brown has also taken down the podcast where he made his comments.
"I want to make it absolutely clear ... I do not care if somebody wants to be a fan or not," McMann said Thursday. "Don't pay $60 then. Nobody's taking their top off. I don't even know him. Why would I give a crap what he thinks about my fight? You know what, Matt Brown fight in a Speedo."
While we're left to hold our breath for topless cage fighting, we have, unfortunately, gone down the Speedo path before. No need to revisit that unpleasantness.
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Bruce Buffer has a kickstarter for some sort of MMA game where 'training' earns you prizes. I've been training since 2005, where do I collect?
Likely the first and last time U2 will grace the MR. Get well, Anderson.
MMA reacts to Brown.
Barb Honchak (@BarbHonchak) January 9, 2014
For those asking, Women's Bantamweights finished 6 of 16 fights in 2013 by TKO in the #UFC. That 38% rate was higher than 5 men's divisions.— Fightnomics Reed (@Fightnomics) January 9, 2014
Matt Brown said women should fight topless? *FACEPALM*— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) January 9, 2014
Liiiisten, @ComplexMag at least name the dude. Don't put - "A UFC Fighter" that applies to us all.— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) January 9, 2014
Whatever it takes.
Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) January 10, 2014
Police did good job lol pic.twitter.com/4ECsZVomZY— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 10, 2014
Looks like No. 44.
Royce Gracie (@realroyce) January 10, 2014
Cody Donovan (@donnybrookcody) January 9, 2014
Olha o resultado do treino ai..... srsrs pic.twitter.com/YzPgNYEOVx— Rodrigo Damm (@RodrigoDaMMA) January 9, 2014
Sorry to hear.
Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) January 10, 2014
Ready for Lone Survivor.
Thank you to all the Navy Seals for their commitment to this nation especially friends from San Diego, California pic.twitter.com/plp7PNpmkw— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) January 10, 2014
Ken Shamrock doing some bodyguard work for 50 Cent.
Announced yesterday (Jan. 9 2014)
added Lavar Johnson vs. Ryan Martinez at Bellator 111
added Peter Graham vs. Siala Siliga at Bellator 111
added Mark Holata vs. Alexander Volkov at Bellator 111
added Rich Hale vs. Blagoi Ivanov at Bellator 111
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via MikeMorganMMA.
2013 was an incredible year for mixed martial arts and with interest in the sport gathering pace, coupled with some astonishing advancements in technology, this has all the makings of taking the sport onto that all important next level. I'm not professing to be Nostradamus, (or should that be NostradaMMAs), but I feel this year will have some interesting developments for the MMA enthusiast. Here are my predictions for what will be a game changing 2014.
The Rise of the MMA App:
Whilst apps and their use have been around for what seems like an age, never before has their creation and affordability been so easily within the grasp of MMA media outlets. Just a cursory glance at #WHOATV's website analytics reveals the devices used to access news, views and interviews are predominantly mobiles. I imagine this is also the case for media outlets with a similar focus. Given the fickleness of the MMA consumer, it's not exactly rocket science to suggest that in order to retain interest from the viewing public and add value to the news gathering experience, outlets will undoubtably look to craft a user experience that best reflects where their content is being observed. The killer addition to the app will be the clever use of it's 'push technology' that will enable those with the feature enabled on their app to react even faster than they do at present to breaking and emerging stories in MMA.
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