In a podcast he created with a couple friends, UFC welterweight Matt Brown made a comment about female fighters that ruffled a few feathers.
“I always said, ‘I don’t know why they put women in the UFC.’ Now I know why,” Brown said, noting that women UFC viewers seemed to flock to the television when women fought, as if the Kardashians had filled the screen.
“I just think this, if I’m [going] to pay $60 for a [UFC] Pay-Per-View to watch women fight, they should at least be topless.”
The podcast, which was hosted on SoundCloud, was later removed.
The UFC on Thursday issued the following statement to MMAWeekly.com in regard to Brown’s comments:
“Matt Brown has apologized for the comments made on his podcast, and we have addressed the matter with him. His comments don’t reflect the views of the UFC. There’s no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. The UFC is built on principles of respect, and any statements to the contrary are not acceptable.”