Happy Sunday brothers! Another Sunday, another Sunday Programming. I was not particularly impressed with the card that was UFC Vegas 43.
It was not a bad event. Rani Yahya is back. Miesha Tate not so much. After Tate lost a unanimous decision to the rising women's bantamweight contender Ketlen Vieira, I visited MMAMania as I do for some post- fight analysis. Instead I was overwhelmed by the headline of MMAMania writer Dan Hiergessell.
"Twitter Reacts to Racist Comment of Durden at UFC Vegas 43" was Dan's headline after all the action was complete.
My question. Who still uses Twitter?
Now. I think it's a good idea for us to use this as a teachable moment. We could all use a reminder of what the definition of "racism" is at this time.
Racism (according to Webster dictionary): The belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
I immediately took a poll among friends and asked them to watch Cody Durden's post-fight interview, and asked them of for their opinion of his remarks. Were they "racist"? None of them thought so. What did Cody Durden say again?
"I knew he (Aoriqileng) was going to be tough, but I had to send him back to China."
He said he knew he was going to be tough... wait a second, that sounds like a compliment. And that he had to send him back to China? That's where the gentleman lives. Yes, he's Chinese. Durden did not call Aoriqileng a name, or say anything about China or the Chinese. But that writer couldn't wait to post his false headline. And it worked. That post received the most attention of the UFC Vegas 43 posts (as of9:00 PM EST).
You know, I think a great thing for us to do is show what an actually racist comment looks like, from none other than current President of the United States Joe Biden.
"If you have a problem telling if you're for me or Trump you ain't black."
Biden said that twice actually, once on live New York Radio, and once to a media member.
See? Durden was wholly complimentary and inoffensive. I could say much more.
What we should be focusing on is... well, anything fight related! I'd like to shout out $$$bconcrete$$$, who writes terrific comments consistently. Durden did a great job. Aoriqileng will be back. And all who have you know... literacy. We're doing great.
In conclusion, as Thanksgiving draws near and Christmas lights can be seen on my block, I am thankful for you, the community members who understand and have so much good stuff to share. And we have some great fights to look forward to soon, chief among them the lightweight championship fight, champion Charles Olivera and challenger Dustin Porier.
I wonder who you guys think is going to emerge from that battle victorious. I think that's a tough call. I'm going to have to see how much they weigh, but my initial hunch is that Oliveira is going to find a way to get the job done. For Porier to win, he is going to have to come in very sharp. In my opinion. Take care. Have a great week!