Two UFC Fighters Use Homophobic Slurs During 293 Post Fight Interviews, Dana White Comments
Two UFC fighters decided their post fight interviews were a good place to sling some homophobic insults.
Manel Kape came under criticism for his language after he beat Felipe dos Santos via decision in a Fight of The Night Contender, with the victorious flyweight having used his in-ring interview to aim a remark at Kai Kara-France, whom he was originally scheduled to face.
Earlier in the night, Charles Radtke also used a homophobic slur after beating Blood Diamond via decision on the prelims. His comments were aimed at the Australian crowd.
At the post fight press conference, Kape had this to say.
“I’m sorry for that, it was emotion. During the fight, during interviews, we say things we don’t want to say. We feel bad about that. I apologise.”Manel Cape
Radtke also apologized on social media, noting that he would use this mistake as an opportunity to be better.
“Those comments are not a reflection of who I am, and they don’t belong on a platform as great as what the UFC has provided me.
“My emotions were running high. It’s hard to explain the way your mind works when you’re locked in a cage to fight another man with your entire livelihood on the line.
“I plan to learn from my mistakes from both during and after the fight, and I’m hoping I can get an opportunity to correct them in the future. Chuck Buffalo loves everybody.”Charles Radtke
UFC President Dana White also commented on the slurs, with a back handed comment about how some will accept Kape’s apology and others wont.
“I think these guys get a little excited, and you make bad mistakes. You know me, we didn’t run over to [Kape] and say, ‘You better apologise;’ he did that on his own when he got backstage. He was embarrassed and got caught up in the moment.
“We make mistakes, I am not holier than thou either. We’ve all been in positions where we’ve made mistakes, and like I always say, it’s how you recover from it and how you carry yourself after.
“I’m sure some people will accept his apology and some people won’t.”Dana White
On the same PPV card last night, Sean Strickland managed to shock the world by defeating Israel Adesanya in the main event to capture the UFC Middleweight Championship.
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