Gay-okay: Chuck Liddell and Joseph Benavidez open to homosexual UFC fighters, but Jon Jones would 'rather not comment'

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

“It takes no compromise to give people their takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” - Harvey Milk

Jason Collins became the first openly-gay basketball player to play in the NBA when he signed a 10-day contract with the Nets last February.

Collins, though, had already been in the league for over a decade before making his revelation.

During last week's NFL draft, Michael Sam made more history for the gay and lesbian community after he became the first gay athlete to be drafted; getting picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round.

As more and more gay athletes open up about their sexuality, the day may soon come when there is a gay male mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.

What then?

How would a bunch of men who punch, kick and sometimes hurt people (and bad) for a living react to competing against a gay fighter? FOX Sports took the opportunity to ask some prominent stars in the sport to give their thoughts on the possibility.

"Why not?" said Joseph Benavidez. "It would be cool to see a gay guy just beat the s*** out of somebody. I think that would be that much cooler. Busting a stereotype."

As far as Phil Davis is concerned, sexual preference has no bearing on their skills inside the cage.

"It's the same as any sport," said Davis. "I don't see why not. I would not think any less of anyone that did so. It has nothing to do with their capabilities inside the cage." It's a sentiment former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell echos.

"If he's tough, who cares?" Liddell said. "If he's a fighter, he's a fighter. As long as he wins fights, it doesn't matter."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, admittedly said he's not sure how he would feel.

"I don’t really know what I think about homosexuality and MMA," Jones said. "I've never really put much thought into it. It's a very sensitive topic. I'd rather not even comment on it."

While there is yet an openly gale male fighter in MMA, Liz Carmouche became the first lesbian fighter to compete inside the Octagon when she challenged 135-pound champion, Ronda Rousy, at UFC 157 back in February of 2013.

But, not all members of the MMA community are comfortable with homosexuality in the sport. Among them, is former PRIDE FC and UFC heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria.

"Big Nog" drew the ire of many with his comments in 2011 where he suggested that he is okay with having gay athletes in his academy, but would refuse to train with them. Then again, can you be upset at a person for being open and honest with his or her views?

UFC President Dana White, for one, has always been open to having a gay male fighter compete inside the UFC's Octagon. He's even encouraged him to come out if he's already in the ranks.

But would you, the fan and consumer of the sport, be ready?

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