Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White stands up for freedom of speech, shutting down accusations that he’s too lenient with what fighters say. After this weekend’s UFC showdown, White was confronted by a reporter who suggested he gives fighters a “long leash” with their on-stage remarks, even insinuating potential homophobia and transphobia. White fired back, making it clear that he doesn’t control what fighters say and won’t restrict their beliefs or opinions.
‘Free speech, brother:’ UFC President Dana White denies giving fighters ‘a long leash’ https://t.co/QU2DNL5PpQ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2024
In the face of criticism, White firmly stated that he doesn’t impose any limitations on athletes’ expressions. He doesn’t tell anyone what to say or think. He made it crystal clear that there are no leashes when it comes to free speech. He also challenged the journalist to ask his real question, and when the reporter veered away, White was quick to agree that moving on was a good call.
This bold defense of free speech came after UFC star Colby Covington denounced USA Boxing’s new transgender policy, which allows biological males who identify as females to compete against biological females. Covington made it clear that men have no place in women’s sports, regardless of hormone levels or preferred pronouns.
In addition, White and the UFC faced backlash for partnering with Bud Light, with critics pointing to the beer brand’s previous collaboration with a transgender social media influencer. However, White stood by the partnership, emphasizing the positive contributions of the brand’s parent company to veterans and farmers. White’s unwavering support of free speech and refusal to bow to pressure reinforces his dedication to conservative principles and traditional values.