The mixed martial arts (MMA) community was caught off guard last night (Sun., Jan. 8, 2017) when actress Meryl Streep took to the stage at the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards and stated that the sport is "not an art." While nobody should be moved by Streep's uneducated view on MMA, it's interesting to see how some people look at the sport. According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White, Streep's outlook on MMA was to be expected.
"It's not going to be everybody's thing and the last thing in the world I expect is an uppity, 80-year-old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts," said White in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above).
"If you really look at who follows the UFC and is into MMA, it's everybody," added White. "Like I said, I don't expect an 80-year-old woman to be a big fan of MMA. If you don't like it, change the channel.
"Of course it's an art. The fighters, the men and the women, are so talented. They train their whole lives to become the best in the world and the people who get into the UFC are the elite of the elite. To say something stupid like that is like saying she's not a talented actress, which she is."
Streep most likely didn't expect her comments to open up such discussion around the MMA community, but the "uppity" actress is in for a world of verbal abuse over the next few days.