Stephen A. Smith Not A Fan Of Women Competing In UFC

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith admits that he doesn’t like seeing women trade leather in the UFC.

For many, the UFC has provided the best opportunity for women in combat sports to thrive. High-level female boxers such as Claressa Shields have expressed gripes over the lack of promotion for women in the world of boxing. There was a time in the UFC where the promotion’s biggest star was a female. Her name is Ronda Rousey.

Still, Smith simply isn’t a fan of the females inflicting and absorbing damage in prize fights. Here’s what Smith had to say during an edition of the Black on the Air podcast (h/t

“When I think about pugilistic sports, I don’t like seeing women involved in that at all. I just don’t like it. I wouldn’t promote legislating laws to prohibit them from doing so, but I don’t want to see women punching each other in the face. I don’t want to see women fighting in the octagon and stuff like that, but that’s just me. What I would adamantly be against is them fighting men. I don’t think that’s cool. Plus, you don’t ever want to give men license to believe that it’s all right to be physical with a woman, to be quite honest with you. You don’t want to do that.”

Smith went on to say that he supports women being in executive roles when it comes to the sports world. As far as women competing in the UFC, it’s safe to say the females are here to stay. Amanda Nunes is a UFC “champ-champ” and an easy candidate for the Hall of Fame once her career wraps up. Other female fighters such as Valentina Shevchenko have also stood out from the pack. Weili Zhang made history by becoming the first UFC champion born in China.

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