UFC Welterweight Matt Brown in a Firestorm of Controversy Over Women Fighting Topless Remark

January 9, 2014

Matt Brown UFCThe Internet has opened up a world of opportunities, and one of them is to say what you want to say, unfettered and unfiltered. That doesn’t always work the way you might want it to.

Case in point is UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown, who, along with a couple of his friends, recently launched a podcast on the popular audio sharing platform SoundCloud.

In the inaugural podcast, Brown commented on some of his peers at the UFC, specifically those of the female gender.

“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 flocked to the television when women fought, as if the Kardashians had filled the screen.

But he didn’t stop there, he took it much further down the road.

“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.”

He continued, pointing out that most women, much like the 125-pound men’s division, don’t have the body type or the power to score many knockouts, which are fair comparisons.

“It’s not really my thing. I respect what they do, but they don’t have the body type or the power,” he said.

And if he had just said that without going down the road to the topless comment, we likely wouldn’t be talking about Matt Brown’s podcast right now.

But he did, and we are.

Brown has received a modicum of support, but also a wealth of criticism on social media outlets, via the same Internet backbone that allowed him the opportunity to amplify his opinion in the first place.

The blowback has been strong enough that Brown’s podcast disappeared from SoundCloud on Thursday, the day that the story blew up.

The Internet giveth, and the Internet taketh away.

Whether or not Brown will be subject to any repercussions due to the UFC’s Code of Conduct policy remains to be seen. A request for comment on the matter went unanswered by the UFC at the time of publication.

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