When the main event participants for UFC 157 make their way to the octagon, each fighter will be making a first for the organization. Women’s champion Ronda Rousey became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC and will be part of the first female main event for the organization, but perhaps the challenger Liz Carmouche is marking a bigger first for the sport.
Carmouche will become the first openly gay fighter in the UFC to enter the cage.
There are very few professional athletes that have been brave enough and come out to the public with their sexual orientation, and the fact that a sport so dominated by men and viewed as such a violent event has an openly gay fighter should encourage others to come out and be who they really are.
UFC president Dana White spoke on the issue of having an openly gay fighter in the organization and he was very supportive. In fact, he hopes that Carmouche’s example will encourage other fighters to come out.
“I love it,” White said on the Jim Rome Show on Showtime. “I think what it’s going to take is it’s going to take some brave people. If you are gay, you’re going to have to be brave, and you’re going to have to come out say it.
“But people are very worried about it. Not just athletes, but actors and actresses in Hollywood, they’re nervous about what’s going to happen to them and their careers if they come out and say they are.
“I’m happy to have her. She’s our first openly gay fighter, and I hope more [come out].”
We have to agree with White. In today’s day and age, it is great to see such progress in the sports world. Now, if only the entire nation could come together and accept everyone for who they really are.
“It’s 2013,” White added. “I still think it’s ridiculous that the government can tell two people who love each other they can’t get married.”