First of to all the Cepeda haters, the guy writes for Yahoo, while you inhabit an online message board. So spare everyone the tiresome hate.
Second of all, bravo to Cepeda for going where 99% of MMA writers fear to thread. Cepeda decries the lack of acknowledgement for the toughness of Kamaru Usman as opposed to the mountain of praise heaped on Colby Covington:
"It's also tough, especially in that context, to be that black man and hear the crowd chant your opponent's name as you fight him -- the same fighter who has called you "boy," and who said that the only way your family has served the United States has been by serving prison sentences. It's also tough hearing the crowd chant "USA! USA!" for your opponent even though you're an American as he is, you just have darker skin."
Whoa! Major props to Cepeda for going there and maybe that's why his article was not posted on the UG? But think about it. What difference really is what Covington did to Usman than how say Jackie Robinson was treated when he first entered baseball? Robinson was derogatorily called 'boy' then just like Usman was, and told to go back to where he belonged just like Covington also did. Back in the day, Covington would probably be one of the players telling the manager he would not play alongside a black man.
"Another troubling narrative that seems to becoming conventional wisdom is that Usman's victory was simply a matter of his superior physical power overtaking Covington's game toughness. The narrative of the powerful and athletic black athlete overwhelming the hardworking and plucky white athlete is nothing new, and advancing it here is lazy at best."
Bravo Elias! The true power of a writer is forcing those who need it to be confronted with the truth.
In my opinion, this is the best article Cepeda has ever written.