White on gay fighter: I love what [Carmouche] did

Thursday, December 20, 2012

“I love what she did. I know I have the big ‘homophobe’ persona and people think I’m some homophobe. I’m the furthest thing from it. i think its ridiculous its 2013 and the government tells two people they can’t marry each other. Who is the government to tell two people who say they love each other they can’t be married? It’s ridiculous.”

On Carmouche, who served as a Marine Corps sergeant before going into mixed martial arts and making her personal life public knowledge, White said “I applaud that she came out and that she’s the first one. Good for her. I hope more do. It doesn’t bother me one bit. Shouldn’t bother anyone else either.”

As for Rousey, who has made a reputation in part by trash-talking her opponents, she’s taken a different approach to Carmouche.

“I like Liz,” she said. “She’s a Marine, I’m not going to be able to intimidate this girl. The prefight intimidation stuff won’t work, I won’t have that advantage I usually have over my competition. Because it’s a first-time event, because the first time for women to fight on card, and she’s the first openly gay fighter, it doesn’t need to be any squabbling or argument. It’s an extraordinarily positive thing, we don’t need an argument to push it. It’s a positive event and I don’t mind there being no arguments. It sells itself. It’s history.”

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