UFC Doesn’t Shy Away from Its Fighters Talking About Sensitive Topics On-Air (Video)


Dana White TUF 16 Press ConferenceThe recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, was horrific beyond words, and constantly on the minds of most of us.

It has been a source of bringing many people together, while polarizing others that have already shifted to differing views on how to try and avert such atrocities from taking place again in the future.

While many sports organizations have tried to stay out of any discussion of the tragedy, afraid that their athletes might inadvertently say the wrong thing and spark controversy, the UFC did not ask its fighters or other employees to avoid talk about the tragedy, even on-air during its recent live events.

UFC president Dana White stood by the decision, backing his people, even if they have strong opinions.

One fighter that stood out for his post-fight comments, including an emotionally charged plea to express your love for those that matter to you, was Pat Barry. Commentator Joe Rogan also opened the TUF 16 Finale broadcast with comments about the tragedy.

White backed both in his post-event comments, saying, “If my guys feel a certain way, I don’t mind them talking about it. Joe Rogan started the show tonight talking about the tragedy.

“I don’t have the words for it.”

UFC president Dana White discussing talk of the tragedy…

Pat Barry’s emotional post-fight plea to fans (starts at 1:47 mark)…

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