ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith recently appeared on the “Black on the Air” podcast and revealed that he wasn’t a fan of women fighting in MMA. He said,
“Where I jump off the bandwagon is where they try to engage physically. For example, I don’t ever want to see a woman boxing a man. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see a woman in the UFC fighting a man—even though there are some women out there that will kick the dude’s butt. When I think about pugilistic sports, I don’t like to see women involved in that at all. I just don’t like it. I wouldn’t pass, I wouldn’t promote legislating laws to prohibit them from doing so, but I don’t want to see women punching each other in the face. I don’t want to see women fighting in the octagon and stuff like that. That’s just me. I certainly, what I adamantly would be against is them fighting men. I don’t think that’s cool. I’m not a proponent of that. Plus you don’t ever want to give men a license to believe that it’s all right to be physical with a woman, to be quite honest with you. You don’t want to do that.”
Shane Helms and Lance Storm both responded via Twitter, which you can see below:
Then don’t watch. I love it. https://t.co/pszNkeyPqu
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) February 3, 2021
Seems simple don’t it? There is a lot of stuff I don’t want to see, so I just don’t watch.
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) February 3, 2021