MMA fighter Sean Strickland doubles down after this vile, anti-queer rant

We know mixed martial arts fighters take a lot of punches and kicks to the head, but that’s no excuse for a vile rant from one of the leading figures in the sport.

Sean Strickland, 32, is the current UFC Middleweight Champion. He’s currently in Canada. On Saturday, his fight against challenger Dricus du Plessis is the main event of UFC 297. It will take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Strickland took part in a press conference. One of the reporters, Alex Lee, asked Strickland about previous comments he made a couple of years ago about not wanting a gay son.

Strickland first asked Lee if he’d voted for Justin Trudeau. Lee said he wasn’t going to reveal who he voted for.

Strickland took that as confirmation that Lee probably did vote for Trudeau and called him “the enemy”. He then asked if Lee was gay.

Lee replied that he was an ally to the community.

“If you had a son and he was like, yeah man, you don’t want a grandkid?” asked Lee.

Lee said he “wouldn’t have a problem with it”.

“Oh, man, well, dude you’re a weak f**king man, dude. You’re part of the f**king problem, you elected Justin Trudeau,” Strickland told Lee.

“Go f**k yourself.”

“Mental illness”

After blasting gay people, Strickland also bashed trans people. Lee asked the fighter about his previous criticism of Bud Light. The beer brand faced backlash after turning to trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney for some online promotion last year.

“Ten years ago, to be trans was a mental f**king illness, and now all of a sudden people like you [pointing to Lee] have weaseled your way into the world… you are an infection,” said Strickland.

“You are the definition of weakness. Everything that is wrong with the world is because of you. And the best thing is, the world’s not buying it. The world is not buying your f**king b*llshit you’re peddling.”

Watch below.

Afterward, Lee told Outsports, “I come from a city that has a very strong LGBTQ community. I’ve never been comfortable with a lot of fighters’ stances on LGBTQ issues, and he’s been worse than most. I felt it was my responsibility to communities in the city of Toronto to ask these questions.”

Strickland proud of his outburst

The UFC has not issued any statement in response to Strickland’s comments.

Strickland himself doubled down on his comments. Posting on X, he reshared the clip and said in a caption, “Idk who this guy is and I don’t care but you’re not a man… But you’d take that as a compliment…..”

Strickland’s video has been liked over 60k times and praised by many, including anti-woke campaigner and swimmer Riley Gaines. 

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