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Pros react to Stephen A. Smith’s latest controversial comments

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Stephen A. Smith has done it again.

The ESPN analyst created quite a stir with his thoughts about women competing in MMA, stating “I don’t want to see women fighting in the octagon again.” Many fighters didn’t take too kindly to Smith’s comments.

It’s not the first time Smith has come under fire from MMA fans for his opinions. He savaged Donald Cerrone following the octagon vet’s quick loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 246, saying Cerrone didn’t show up to fight and was “disgusted” with what Cerrone offered in the fight. That prompted a wave of condemnation from high-profile MMA figures including McGregor, who said the ESPN personality should apologize for his words. Smith stood by his words and later gloated when Cerrone admitted he was off his game.

Since that controversy, Smith has been noticeably absent from UFC broadcasts, though he’s continued to opine on the sport at large, which led to his latest controversial comments.