Unlike most sports organizations, the Ultimate Fighting Championship allows its athletes to talk freely about anything they want, literally.
Former UFC lightweight Jacob Volkmann said that he’d like to fight President Barak Obama in his next fight after defeating Antonio McKee at UFC 125. He received a visit from the U.S. Secret Service the following week.
UFC fighters are given the liberty to say whatever they want about any given topic, but there’s one thing UFC president Dana White asks his fighter not to do in interviews.
“I don’t like stopping anyone from saying their piece. You know, freedom of speech. They can say what they want,” White added.
The UFC does have a code of conduct policy that prevents its athletes from making insensitive or bigoted remarks, however.
Former bantamweight champion Miguel Torres was released by the organization in 2011 after tweeting, “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them.”
But when it comes to social issues, politics, religion, alien abduction, the existence of bigfoot, or any other topic under the sun, UFC fighters are, for the most part, given the leeway to tell it like they see it.