Candace Owens is a polarizing figure in pop culture.
Owens’ takes on race and culture are jarring and abrasive to the Black body politic, and she is a fervent supporter of Donald Trump. Now she is taking her brand of commentary to the mixed martial arts field.
Recently, Owens responded to the thoughts of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who gave his take on the street beef between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal.
Candy O’s Take
Khabib felt that Covington stepped over the line when he talked about Masvidal’s children and family during their UFC 272 clash in Las Vegas.
However, Owens made a Twitter post that steered directly into toxic masculinity and more while responding to a Twitter user who posted, “khabib is so soft,” with a crying face emoji.
Then Owens unleashed her take.
Right? This is so embarrassing. Calling for a boycott. 😂😂 He better go buy a pussy hat and join the NBA.
MMA is a man’s sport.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 25, 2022
“Right? This is so embarrassing. Calling for a boycott. He better go buy a p***y hat and join the NBA. MMA is a man’s sport.”
When The Beef Cooks
UFC stars Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, and Colby “Chaos” Covington genuinely do not like each other. Their beef, which started in the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida, unfortunately, spilled into the streets of South Florida last week.
The two got into a scuffle outside of Papi Steak restaurant in Miami Beach on March 21. Reports had detailed how Covington was leaving the restaurant when Masvidal blindsided him “ran up to him from his left and without notice punched him with a closed fist two times in the face.”
Covington reportedly suffered a fractured tooth in the alleged attack, and Masvidal was charged with felony battery. He was arrested but released on bail. Subsequently, his Gamebred Promotions license in Nevada was not granted while he is dealing with the open charges.
To Call Or Not Call The Police…
“He’s over here swinging, trying to come at me, and I ran,” Covington is heard saying on a video released by TMZ. “How would he know I’m here?”
After the attack, Covington appears surrounded by police, with Masvidal nowhere to be seen. Many fighters felt that Covington received what he deserved for using real-life to sell tickets and pay-per-views.
Others were perplexed that he would call police when they are both professionals in the hurt business.
Khabib, who experienced the same from Conor McGregor during the lead-up to their fateful UFC 229 fight back in 2018, issued a boycott to all welterweights on accepting fights against Covington.
“I think all welterweights should refuse to fight Colby, just don’t accept fights with him, let him sit without a fight, without a fight, it will probably significantly affect him and all fighters who even think of insulting families, who is provoking the fighters to look for someone in restaurants to deal with him,” Khabib said on Twitter.
However, Owens, who supports the radical conservative view on LeBron James and the activist leanings of the NBA player core, took an unwarranted shot at the basketball league.
In addition, a sport that has had some of its most significant pay-per-view showings from women-led pay-per-view fights, Owens’ “man’s sport” take is hugely tone-deaf from an evolved standpoint.
The Evolution Of Combat
Coupled with the fact that women like Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes, and Claressa Shields have blazed a trail that has inspired many young girls to become combat sports athletes, the derogatory term she uses is offensive on many levels.
Candace Owens has mastered the art of divisiveness, and her take on sports is a glaring example of misplaced anger and a limited scope about a former fighter with a moral perspective.