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Chad George Hopes Education Will Break Down the Walls of Prejudice in MMA

Posted on by Damon Martin


Former WEC fighter Chad George is about to step into his twentieth professional fight, but there are a lot of questions coming at him that have nothing to do about his upcoming performance.

Instead, there’s a particular interest around George’s opponent Shad Smith.

Sure, Smith has fought some of the top names in MMA throughout his career. He’s faced UFC veterans like Nam Phan and even holds a win over current UFC fighter Jared Papazian.

But it’s also known that Shad Smith was the first openly gay male fighter in MMA.

The questions about homosexuality in MMA have come up on several occasions, most recently when Dakota Cochrane looked to make his way into The Ultimate Fighter Live house after it was revealed he had done several gay pornographic films while in college.

Smith first revealed to the world his sexual preference in a 2008 interview with the New York Times, but has continued to be an active fighter ever since.

His opponent this Friday at BAMMA in Commerce, Calif., honestly couldn’t care less what Smith’s sexual preferences happen to be. He’s going to walk into the cage and try to knock his head off. That’s what Chad George is worried about.

“At the end of the day, when you take a deeper look, it really doesn’t matter,” George told MMAWeekly Radio. “He’s a good fighter, he’s well experienced, he’s been in the game a long time. But at the end of the day, we’re going to stand in the middle of that cage and we’re going to fight, regardless of what sex he’s into. He’s a tough son of a bitch, any way you count it. He’s a tough dude and he’s going to come out there and try to knock my head off.”

George believes the taboo nature that exists when talking about homosexuality in MMA is something that’s happened in other sports as well. It’s nothing new, but he hopes education can change all of that.

Much like how MMA for years was called a bloodsport by so many people.

“I think it just comes down to lack of education. That’s really what it is. I truly believe that. MMA in general, we’re getting better, but we’re still an undereducated sport where the average person still really doesn’t know the truth about who we are or what we are as people outside of their thoughts of us being barbarians beating the hell out of each other,” said George.

“So as soon as education grows more, I think it’s going to help out with all the other sides of it as well.”

If George is successful in beating Smith this Friday night, like many past opponents, he might get a call from him a few days later asking if he can train with the former WEC fighter to see where he went wrong.

It’s not uncommon at all for opponents to become training partners after a fight. So would George welcome Smith to his gym?

“I would treat that exactly the way I treat all the other guys that I’ve fought with that have brought it up. I’m very picky with the people that I train with, so it would be very difficult for me to just be willing to teach what I know to somebody that I’ve fought because they’re part of different camps and different gyms,” George said.

But would his inclusion or exclusion have anything to do with Smith’s sexual preference?

“No, not at all. There’s plenty of other guys out there that are gay fighters and gay individuals from many other sports that are good at what they do and it just happens to be a topic that’s very touchy,” said George.

UFC president Dana White has said in the past that he welcomes the idea of a gay fighter in the promotion, and he hopes it happens one day soon.

“I’ll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out. I could care less if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there’s probably more than one,” White said following UFC 137 last year.

George agrees with that statement and hopes that one day the fight world can look at a gay fighter the same way they would look at anybody else. With no prejudice.

“I think as soon as it does become a little more recognized we’re going to see a lot of these named fighters that are out there are going to start coming out with it as well,” said George. “There’s a lot of speculation on guys that are already out there, it’s just that nobody’s actually coming out.”


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  • http://MMAWeekly.com Damon Martin

    Feel absolutely free to agree or disagree with the subject but please refrain from using any slurs or hate speech. It won’t be tolerated. Thanks everybody!

  • emmettbarnacle

    Who cares the point of the sport is to fight and either way why should it matter to you welcome to 2012 if you disagree your an idiot. America the land of the free and home of the brave

  • http://www.facebook.com/KungFuDevil jamesnelson

    According to many who judge, that all MMA fighters are gay for rolling around, hugging each other, what should this matter? Who cares if someone is a gay fighter or just gay. Racist, prejuduce people who fit these profiles need to grow the f*ck up!.

  • fitefan

    “I think it just comes down to lack of education. That’s really what it is. I truly believe that. MMA in general, we’re getting better, but we’re still an undereducated sport where the average person still really doesn’t know the truth about who we are or what we are as people outside of their thoughts of us being barbarians beating the hell out of each other,” said George.

    Why can’t I make this out to be nothing more than gibberish? It doesn’t make any sense.

    I get the whole concept of accepting gay fighters as legitimate competition, that gay fighters can be some of the best and even champions, and I understand the UFC has a medical clearance for all fighters regardless of sexual preferences to protect against the dangers of fluid transfer.

    But how in the heck is ‘education’ going to remove the stigmata of prejudice against gays? The general repulsion against gays is not due to a lack of an education as to what gay is. It is primaraly religious based. And somewhat homophobic, tho the fear of being attacked and raped by gay men may be greatly over exaggerated, it is not entirely unheard of, even outside of prison.

    I don’t know what happened here. The title of the article was poorly chosen, or rather it was a great feat to try to make a sensible article out of a less than ideal interview. This is all over the board with the acceptance of gays, and the perception that MMA is a bloodsport for barbarians. WIth no real way to tie the two together smoothly.

    The whole thing reads like a square peg in a round hole. Edit out the parts about barbarians and bloodsport. Stick to the gay context and re title this thing to “Chad George hopes future success of highly skilled gay mma fighters will break down the wall of prejudice” or something similar. Just get the word education out of there.
    It’ll make Chad look a little bit better too. Right now it looks like he couldn’t stay on topic.

  • pooby

    Good. We need more gay guys fighting. Maybe, just maybe, this will lead to a level of open mindedness that will allow male vs. female fights.

    (I realize that some may read that as a sarcastic statement. I’m not being sarcastic, I think men vs. women fights would be great under the right circumstances, i.e. Cyborg vs. another dude.)

    • phrankthetank

      Cyborg is full of enough testosterone to qualify as male. Male vs female grappling makes sense though.

  • bs

    7th paragraph reads as, “his opponent this Friday at BAMMA in Commerce, Calif., could honestly care less…”

    Despite the fact that most people consistently misuse the expression, writers should not.

    He COULDN’T care less.

    So damn annoying. Carry on.

    • shereko

      Yup, you’re correct, except in this context it was a quote of what the fighter had said… so the fighter is the one that needed the grammar police and to that he probably couldn’t care less about his grammar… though maybe what he was saying was that he could care then about what his preference was hahaha.

  • Maine2Alaska

    Call me old fashoned but i see through all of this. Im sitting here reading comments like “good. its about time” “this is 2012″. This dosent suprise me at all. Its just sad that at one time it wasnt cool to be gay but now its great if you are. Alot of you guys should clear your heads and get right with god. ITS NOT COOL. Im pretty ashamed of DANA WHITE.. And his comments. HE BANS ANY SPONSORS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH GUNS ,but, STEP RIGHT UP STEP RIGHT UP IF YOUR GAY? Who really wants to fight a gay fighter? Everytime a gay fighter fights it will be a “statement” fight. Sure it will bring in some extra revenue.Good thinking Dana. But if i had to fight a gay guy, i wouldnt want to feel humiliated if he took my back or god forbid actualy beat me. All it would do is liberate the gay guy and make MORE media attention. And thats something i wouldnt want to be a part of. On the other hand, the only positive would be being able to beat some sense into one. And by the way, any comments trying to tell me im ignorant.. Im not. YOU are. FEAR GOD.

    • fitefan

      You’re ignorant.

      My fear of your god doesn’t remove your ignorance.

      Nowhere is it advocated that it is ‘cool’ to be gay. Only that a persons sexual preference has no relevence to his ability or right to compete in mma.

      Your humilation of fighting a more skilled gay mma fighter that takes your back and beats you is imposed upon yourself by you and you alone.
      His victory would by no means be liberating. How is one victory in a contact sport going to remove the social prejudice of gays?

      And now you must repent, and pray to Jesus for forgiveness of your sins. For implying that physical violence against a gay man is an acceptabe act. And to further imply that being gay is to be without sense.

      You are ignorant, ignorant of your own religious doctrine. It is you that should FEAR GOD. For He will be having a little chat with you at the gates of heaven about violence against men, about judging, about the imposition of your will when it was God’s Will we all choose to do as we wish according to our own will, be it sinful, or be it rightous. He does not force us to believe in Him, and you cannot go against His Will and impose His beliefs on others.

      I’ll say it once more, you are ignorant.

      • Maine2Alaska

        You are BLIND. “No where is it advocated that it is cool to be gay”? You are living on another planet as well i guess.Today if you arent “pro gay” you are a hater.. And apparently the only people who care to even comment in here are “Pro Gay”.Most likely your for Gays openly in the military as well. so whats new. I will agree with you once in here..I should fear god. and i do buddy.Thats why i follow his word as much as i can on this earth. YOU should start. Any openly gay fighter that wins against a str8 guy would totaly be liberating to the gay community, what are you talking about? Also,i posted that twice because i tried to get it to repost to my facebook, but it didnt. Im also 28 to answer the other questions. I just pointed out a few subjects indicating that Dana White is being pretty liberal.. He Bans any sponsors that have to do with guns. Then he makes a statement saying he wished more gays would come out fighting in his organization. What if they all came out, then he would regret it. FiteFan,, you dont have a single fight in this with me. Thats why i already called you out before you even started typing. Your ignorant! As for Toxic.. do you need a tissue? Im a human on this earth no lesser or greater than any other human. But i do have a certain standard of morals that i try to follow in the good book. Ive been watching mma since 12 yrs of age. This is the first time that ive seen gay fighters coming out. And i’m not suprised Dana is for it. It will bring more income. He’s dying for one to be Champion so he can have even more viewers from both sides.

        • fitefan

          No where in this article is Chad George or MMA weekly promoting being gay as cool.

          This is a country of religous freedom, it is not governed solely by the laws of a single religion. So the banning of gays fighting for their country is not something the church has authority to do. The church can however ban gays for fighting for the freedom of the church.

          Victory in combat for entertainment, is not going to be a battle won for the liberation of gays in our society. That’s stupid.
          Nodoby is going to say ” hey that gay guy just won the UFC WW championship, I guess gays are cool, might as well let em get married now”

          What’s wrong with Dana being a liberal? You are giving me the impression of gun toteing, gay bashing, religous fanatic. You do know Jesus was a liberal right? a socialist. He died for everyone sins, not just the jews, or a select group of the wealthy or patriotic. He didn’t sell the five loafs of bread and fish to the highest bidder, he didn’t save them for himself and the disciples only, he shared them with everyone equally, and performed a miracle so that it would be possible.

          And you can’t call me names, such as ‘ignorant’. It goes against your good book. Turn the other cheek. Forgive your brother 40 times 40. Judge not lest ye be judged. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.
          You cannot sin and get away with it, not even in God’s name, most definately not in God’s name.

          Keep to your morals, study your good book and stop attempting to impose what you believe on others, it’s a belief, not a fact. If it was fact, there would be no faith. Can’t have faith with proof.

          You are not surprised Dana is for gay fighters, you imply he hopes for a gay champion so he can make more money. You imply that Dana only cares for making money. Money, which is the root of all evil, Dans is clearly breaking the first commandment in your eyes.
          Then why in God’s name are you supporting him with your viewership?
          You’ve been sinning since you were twelve watching the UFC since it is a pagan sport seeking profits only, and not the glory of God.

          Learn your faith, quite using it to support your own prejudices. And take your holier than thou rant to a religious website. Oh, and pray for the forgiveness of your sins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000649214744 anthonytucci

    Call me old fashoned but i see through all of this. Im sitting here reading comments like “good. its about time” “this is 2012″. This dosent suprise me at all. Its just sad that at one time it wasnt cool to be gay but now its great if you are. Alot of you guys should clear your heads and get right with god. ITS NOT COOL. Im pretty ashamed of DANA WHITE.. And his comments. HE BANS ANY SPONSORS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH GUNS ,but, STEP RIGHT UP STEP RIGHT UP IF YOUR GAY? Who really wants to fight a gay fighter? Everytime a gay fighter fights it will be a “statement” fight. Sure it will bring in some extra revenue.Good thinking Dana. But if i had to fight a gay guy, i wouldnt want to feel humiliated if he took my back or god forbid actualy beat me. All it would do is liberate the gay guy and make MORE media attention. And thats something i wouldnt want to be a part of. On the other hand, the only positive would be being able to beat some sense into one. And by the way, any comments trying to tell me im ignorant.. Im not. YOU are. FEAR GOD.

    • ToxicDLA

      Hmmm… the same exact post, from 2 screennames, 3 mins apart… Somebody really wants to make their point, and with multiple accounts no less…

      I won’t call you old fashioned (I have no idea how old you are) and I won’t call you ignorant (I have no idea of your education level), but I will call you what you are, a homophobic bigot who probably considers anyone that isn’t a white christian american somehow less of a human being than you. Good luck with that, I don not fear your god.

  • Maine2Alaska

    I dont even believe in the word “gay”. Its too short. Its too simple. WE were all born into this world of sin. “gay” is part of it. And its creeping more and more. Scary. And also, ToxicDLA .. “I wont call you old fashioned (i have no idea how old you are) and I wont call you ignorant (I have no idea of your education level)” I can see why you dont fear god,, because you “have no idea” about god. But everyone will wether its on their terms or not.

    • fitefan

      It’s God with a capital ‘G’ you twit. I don’t always capitalize it as a statement. You however have no choice but to capitalize it and all pronouns that refer to Him.

      Your continuous failure to capitalize the name of God speaks volumes of your lack of education. And explains your inability to truly comprehend what is in your good book. Most likely you are responding to what someone told you, and not what you read, comprehended, and learned yourself without the outiside influence of others.

      You do realize the best place for the devil to twist the words of God, and mislead the most amount of people is right from the pulpit? You do realize that filling the world with hate and prejudice is the work of Satan right?

      It isn’t the existence of gays in the world that weighs so heavily on God’s heart, that makes him weap with sadness. It is the intolerance of his faithful, the hate and violence his faithful exact upon gays that hurt Him so much. It goes against everything Jesus taught. He said spread the Word. He didn’t say force it upon everyone, He certainly didn’t say to ‘beat some sense’ into anyone.

  • Maine2Alaska

    Other than the bible quotes (that you sadly used in a pathetic effort to try to get your confused point across) was hilarious. Capital G? You seriously must be a tool. I’ve debated many people with your agenda, calling Jesus a socialist. And a Liberal. Don’t get me started on how ungodly socialism is. You know who warned about hell more than any other person in the bible? JESUS. It’s a real place and many people will go there even some people that believe they are Christian enough. fitetool, ask Quinton Rampage Jackson what he thinks about Christians and Mma. One last thing, look up “Howard Storm” on YouTube. His story my smarten you up.

    • fitefan

      Yeah man, capital “G”. This seperates God from other pagan ‘gods’. The God of gods. God. It’s right there in your ‘good book’ every damn time, capitalized.

      “… ungodly socialism is.” You are ignorant and stupid, theres a difference, and you are both. What do you think church is? It is a small society ( congregation ) that pools its resources to provide a soup line for the hungry, clothing for the poor, medicine for the sick, a collection (tax) of money to pay Susie’s doctor bills because her little boy got cancer.
      Do you know who preached about the love God has for ALL people more than anyone else? Do you know Jesus didn’t use the fear of hell as a motivator, but the love of God. And Hell, is only believed to be a real place, until physical evidence can be provided, its existence will always be questionable.

      You can’t call me ‘fitetool’, it’s a derogatory remark meant to insult and belittle me. It’s a sin. Everytime. Prayer for forgiveness is futile if you don’t repent.

      No need to look up Rampage or this “Howard Storm”. Nothing you can provide me, will ever ‘smarten me up’. I think the word you were looking for is ‘enlighten’.

  • Maine2Alaska

    I call them like I see them. I think god forgives me for getting upset over these things because I love him so much. It is true, a sin is a sin in gods eyes. But to realize one sin you must realize another right? You say my god isn’t real.. That their is no god. But you do have a god.. You are your own god. And it’s the most pathetic, pewniest, god. You tell me since you like to use certain quotes from the bible but act as lost as a goat in a hail storm, why did god demolish Sodem and Gomorah? Why did he blow it to smithereens? What kind of people lived there? Hmmm. I’m done here. You gotta smarten up. Jesus was a carpenter. That’s a fact. But He was NOT a socialist. He never said spread the “fruits of your labor” around. Quit being foolish.

  • Maine2Alaska

    How about you answer my questions if your so smart? Did Jesus say spread the fruits of your labor around to people that dont want to work? Work is a holy thing actualy! Man you are a tool. I think I know what church is being that I went to a Christian academy school that my aunt and uncle built from top to bottom. Quit being a pin head. Your calling Jesus a liar and you sound a FOOL. I pitty the fool! And I’m pretty sure your a closet homo, so I don’t care what you think you know is best. I first started posting in here because I know what I know is 100% right. Meanwhile your trying to argue with me about misspelling words. I really pitty you, whoever you are.