Former Cage Fury MMA welterweight champion Charles Radtke made his highly-anticipated Octagon debut as part of the UFC 293 preliminary card in Sydney, Australia, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Mike “Blood Diamond” Mathetha to capture his fifth straight win.
Unfortunately, Radtke squandered his momentum with an idiotic post-fight speech that left Daniel Cormier speechless, or it could have been producers screaming through “DC’s” earpiece to pull the plug. Either way, Radtke turned a celebratory moment into a viral social media video.
For all the wrong reasons.
“F*ck all you f*gg*ts up in the f*cking crowd,” Radtke, 33, shouted at the booing fans, before flipping them the double bird. “Come down here and get some you p*ssy a** b*tch. F*ck you!”
Radtke may have unwittingly broken Sydney’s homosexual vilification law.
A note on Charles Radtke's post-fight speech.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 10, 2023
In New South Wales (Sydney is the capitol), homosexual vilification is against the law. pic.twitter.com/g7thLjorki
Radtke (8-3) issued an apology after the fact, blaming elevated emotions and post-fight adrenaline for his outburst. After all, it was his UFC debut in front of a raucous Australian crowd, though it may also be a matter of damage control to avoid a UFC Code of Conduct violation, which often carries a stiff financial penalty.
“I’d like to sincerely apologize to UFC fans across the world and to the fans here in Sydney for the remarks I made post fight today,” Radtke wrote on Twitter. “Those comments are not a reflection of who I am and they don’t belong on a platform as great as what the UFC has provided me. My emotions were running high. It’s hard to explain the way your mind works when you’re locked in a cage to fight another man with your entire livelihood and dreams on the line. I plan to learn from my mistakes from both during and after the fight and I’m hoping that I can get an opportunity to correct them in the future.”
It remains to be seen how UFC handles this situation (if at all) after the dust settles “Down Under.”
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