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Gloves Off: Dana White Silences ‘Transphobia’ Question with Blunt Response

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UFC president Dana White defended his fighters’ freedom of speech when questioned about allowing them to express controversial views.

White rejected the idea of controlling or censoring their speech, emphasizing the principle of free speech.

The exchange was prompted by fighter Sean Strickland’s comments on LGBT issues, which led to a heated exchange with a reporter.

“You obviously give a long leash to your fighters about what they can say when they are up there with the UFC microphone, and you are getting into territory of homophobia, transphobia; like is there —,” the reporter began.

“I don’t give anybody a leash. A leash? Free speech,” White said. “To control what people say? To tell people what to believe? I don’t tell any other f—— human being what to say, what to think, and there’s no ‘leashes’ on any of them.”

“What is your question?” White asked.

“I was asking that question. I’ll move on though,” the reporter said.

“Yeah, probably a good idea,” White said. “That’s ridiculous to say I give somebody a ‘leash.’ Free speech, brother. People can say whatever they want and they can believe whatever they want.”

Strickland’s remarks and his confrontational attitude during the interview stirred controversy, as he made contentious statements about homosexuality and transgenderism.

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