Anheuser-Busch to UFC: Enough With the Homophobia
Sponsor cites concern over 'certain remarks' made by athletes
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2012 12:36 PM CDT
Quinton Jackson throws a series of punches against Matt Hamill in a UFC fight.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – After a series of sexist and homophobic comments from Ultimate Fighting Championship competitors, sponsor Anheuser-Busch has had it. The company issued a warning to the UFC over "certain remarks made by some of its fighters," says a spokesman. "If the incidents continue, we will act." Advocacy groups have slammed the UFC for a number of comments. In one instance, fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson encouraged a Japanese-speaking viewer to say "I'm a fag," AdAge reports.

UFC TV analyst Joe Rogan called blogger Maggie Hendricks the C-word after she complained about Jackson's sexist treatment of female interviewers; he told one she made him "horny." The UFC says it doesn't "condone this behavior" from just a few of its 425 athletes and pointed to mandatory sensitivity training for fighters. AdAge notes that the warning comes as the UFC inches more into the mainstream, thanks in part to a deal with Fox that includes live prime-time matches.

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Naked_Emperor
Apr 28, 2012 3:03 PM CDT
UFC TV analyst Joe Rogan called blogger Maggie Hendricks the C-word after she complained about Jackson's sexist treatment of female interviewers; he told one she made him "horny." this is the problem with my gender, we tend to get insulted instead of even. When a man calls you a C*nt....Look him straight in the eye and say...."obviously a body part that you know nothing about...call me if you ever gain any experience" If he tells you that you make him horny..."Can't say the same for you, I like testosterone..not p*ssy juice."
MajorMajor
Apr 28, 2012 1:22 PM CDT
Wait a minute, are you trying to tell me that those gentle kind creatures in the UFC are intollerant? How dare Anheuser-Busch make such allegations!
GenericLeftist
Apr 28, 2012 10:59 AM CDT
Everyone is entitled to say what they want, I mean the new black panthers talk about killing white people and their babies, no one seems to have a problem with that. Haven't seen an article on newser about that.