According to UFC president Dana White, bigotry is an appropriate type of trash discuss amongst fighters. At least that was his response to a scenario that unfolded throughout Monday’s Contender Series weigh-ins.
After Israel’s Oron Kahlon and Afghanistan’s Javid Basharat stepped on the dimensions for Tuesday evening’s combat – Kahlon missed by three kilos – the 2 males got here collectively for a ceremonial faceoff wherein Basharat declined his opponent’s handshake. With UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby between them, Kahlon was heard calling Basharat a “terrorist.”
Asked Tuesday if Kahlon’s bigoted comment may need gone too far, even by MMA trash discuss requirements, White was clear that he didn’t have an issue with it.
“No, not in this business I don’t (worry that it’s too far),” White instructed reporters on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “If you look, you’ll be able to add that to the pile of some fairly nasty issues which have been mentioned on this sport. And not simply this sport – boxing, I’m positive muay Thai, kickboxing, you identify it. Mean issues are mentioned.
“In this insanely politically correct world that we’re living in, this is one place that is not.”
Dana White says Oron Kahlon received his comeuppance for calling Javid Basharat a “terrorist.”
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Basharat went on to dominate Kahlon for almost all three rounds at Dana White’s Contender Series 45 earlier than submitting him with a guillotine choke with 48 seconds remaining. The efficiency was adequate to earn undefeated Basharat (11-0) a UFC contract.
As far as White is worried, what occurred to Kahlon within the cage is comeuppance sufficient for the UFC to not take any motion.
“Are we gonna do anything? It got done tonight,” White mentioned. “You know what I imply? It’s the gorgeous factor about this sport. I say it on a regular basis: This is just not a pleasant sport. This is a really tough sport. We say lots of imply issues to one another, you understand, and justice will get served on the finish of the day.
“Listen, when you have a situation like that, the best way to solve the problem is you fight, and you fight legally. You get paid legally, and that’s what happened tonight.”