There is a new generation of MMA fighters in the UFC that have blurred the lines of decency.
Conor McGregor insulted the Muslim faith of former opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov, calling his wife a “towel” for wearing a hijab. Then MAGA hat-wearing Colby Covington called Brazilians “filthy animals”.
My nigga @TWooodley be Instagram livin and drivin lol hope there is not a video of you getting pulled over on IG Live one day PATNA ! ?? ( Skreet slang for Partner ) ???? peep the tone in my imoji skin #RNS
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) May 24, 2018
Now, “Platinum” Mike Perry has continued to stir the pot with his frequent usage of the N-word. Having done so with former champion Tyron Woodley, now Perry took to Twitter and came for actor Michael Jai White.
I just feel like #KimboSlice would beat the fuck outta @MichaelJaiWhite and his tone in the video really bothered me. He should fight me backyard bare knuckle because I would like to learn this “prison movie technique” he was talking about #PPV #Or #For #Free ??♂️
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) January 4, 2020
White responded in a classic drop the mic salvo.
Maybe if MP learned my “Prison Movie Technique” he wouldn’t be ranked #20??I got no time for playground callouts Brother but holla when you come thru and maybe I’ll have time to give you a personal demo. Just DM me Bro. It really ain’t that hard! https://t.co/kxKdE5BTzO
— Michael Jai White (@MichaelJaiWhite) January 5, 2020
Then Perry, a habitual line stepper, crossed the line again.
Blood and bone more like bitch ass nigga @MichaelJaiWhite
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) January 7, 2020
Perry loves the danger involved in acting street and claims the word is indicative of his environment. However, when freely using racially charged words to communicate with persons of color over social media, there is a problem.
UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight division champion, Henry Cejudo recently called potential competitor, Aljamain Sterling a racial slur.
Cejudo referred to the Serra-Longo team product as “Aljamima”.
Triple C doesn’t even pay attention to Aljamima Sterling Silver @funkmastermma ??♀️secondly, Triple C wants to fight you Petr, but your English needs to get Betr, you ugly communist potato ? And last but not least, my tune-up fight, the cabbage patch head Jose Waldo. @danawhite pic.twitter.com/5bRzspHrwb
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) February 17, 2020
In an attempt to roast his competitor, who is seeking a title shot, Cejudo made a degrading comment instead. However, Cejudo is just the latest in a now all to common trend.
UFC Broadcaster Karyn Bryant reprimanded the champ-champ for the racial slur and was slammed by the Twitter trolls.
I've previously stated that I DON'T know Henry's intent when he used it. I never said HE was a racist, I said the phrasing of the name is. I was letting him know that it's a "nickname" that is incredibly demeaning. Now that he knows, I guess we'll see if he keeps using it.✌️
— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) February 19, 2020
A Culture In Need Of Refinement
Like other professional sports leagues, the UFC has a Code of Conduct. In it, racially charged language is a definite no-no.
“Derogatory or offensive conduct, including without limitation insulting language, symbols, or actions about a person’s ethnic background, heritage, color, race, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.”
Until the UFC chin checks its fighters for their indiscretions, we can only expect more shenanigans from the UFC’s new wave of “trash-talkers”.
Since @KarynBryant and I reach peace on #allLivesMatter you continue with your racial slurs (Cedoodoo?) you remind me of a generic version of flavor Flave ⏰ Go kiss your your Russian boyfriend ready and let me take out cabbage patch head @josealdojunior #bendtheknee https://t.co/KgwYxNdofZ
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) February 20, 2020