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Shocker! Women don’t like Stephen A. Smith in MMA, either

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith’s sexist comments about women fighting in mixed martial arts (MMA) garnered quite the reaction from fighters and fans alike.

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Stephen A. Smith is the master of the bad take. His entire career is built on saying stupid and controversial things and then sitting back with a smug smile as sports fans froth at the mouth disagreeing with him. For years, mixed martial arts (MMA) has been spared of this, but that’s all changed since the ESPN-UFC broadcast deal has unfortunately brought him into our orbit.

Let’s be clear: Stephen A. Smith doesn’t know about MMA. He doesn’t care about MMA. He only shows up alongside Conor McGregor fights to chase clout and talk trash about guys he didn’t know existed one month earlier. Smith had the audacity to question Donald Cerrone’s heart after “Cowboy” got wrecked against McGregor — something that’s just a part of the sport, no matter how tough or prepared you are. Everyone rallied and even McGregor himself came out to spank Smith on that one.

Now Smith is back, and he’s dissing women’s MMA as a whole.

“When I think about pugilistic sports, I don’t like seeing women involved in that at all,” Smith said during a “Black on the Air” podcast. “I just don’t like it. I wouldn’t promote legislating laws to prohibit them from doing so, but I don’t want to see women punching each other in the face. I don’t want to see women fighting in the Octagon and stuff like that, but that’s just me.”

It didn’t take long for the women of MMA to respond to his sexist take:

Female media members and fans also were not impressed with Smith’s comments:

And a number of male fighters also stood up against Stephen A. Smith’s opinion:

At this point we really shouldn’t even get sucked into this game Smith is playing. It’s like that saying: never wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it. But, sometimes that pig just says things that are so dumb they need to be pushed back on.

Feb. 23, 2021, will mark eight years since UFC’s first women’s fight, yet the ladies are still fighting for respect amongst fans and casuals alike. When the highest paid “analyst” at ESPN spews garbage like this, he needs to be told what’s up.

Get a clue, Stephen A. Smith.

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