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White defends Strickland’s anti-LGBTQ rant: “Everybody can have their own opinion”



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Dana White. Photo: Adam Hagy – USA TODAY Sports

UFC CEO Dana White might not agree with Sean Strickland’s controversial opinions about the LGBTQ community that he expressed during UFC 297 media day in Toronto, but he defends the fighter’s right to say anything he wants on the UFC platform.

“This is America. Everybody can have their own opinion. I’m not telling anybody what to do, what to say, what to think, how to feel,” White recently said on The TRUTH Podcast.

“We’re human beings in America, do your thing, knock yourself out, I’ve got the platform. People get pissed off, people get offended, people get this and that. We just had it happen with Sean Strickland.”

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Dana White: “Don’t get too upset”

At the UFC 297 press conference, Strickland told the reporters that ‘ten years ago to be trans was a mental fucking illness’, which caused a lot of attention.

The UFC CEO advised the listeners to not get too offended about the former champion’s comments.

“We’re up in Canada. Sean Strickland said a lot of things. I don’t agree with 95 percent of what this guy says, but it’s his right to say it. And if you don’t like it, tune in on Saturday night, he’s gonna get punched in the face. If you don’t like him, you get to see him get punched in the face, so there you go. Don’t get too upset and don’t take it too serious.”

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