OPENLY GAY MMA FIGHTERS

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    Jun 08, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
    Any suggestions? Are there OPENLY gay fighters in this sporticon_question.gificon_question.gif
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    Jun 08, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    Yes, there are some. One guy competed in South America in some prison MMA thing, then outted himself a year or so ago. Not on UFC I don't think, but a champion MMA fighter. Also, check out this guy in my wrestling documentary. This clip has really got a lot of people talking:

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    Jun 08, 2010 9:07 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidYes, there are some. One guy competed in South America in some prison MMA thing, then outted himself a year or so ago. Not on UFC I don't think, but a champion MMA fighter. Also, check out this guy in my wrestling documentary. This clip has really got a lot of people talking:



    Thanks for sharing, great documentary on such a taboo subject.
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    Jun 08, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    Yes there are- just not professionally. icon_wink.gif
    That 'rad' guy that used to be on here would constantly talk about how there were two only gay guys on his team and no one cared.... there are also some 'behind close doors' out there too.....
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    Jun 09, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    uhh half of them are closet cases, i've been with 2.
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    Jun 09, 2010 12:49 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidYes, there are some. One guy competed in South America in some prison MMA thing, then outted himself a year or so ago. Not on UFC I don't think, but a champion MMA fighter. Also, check out this guy in my wrestling documentary. This clip has really got a lot of people talking:




    he's cute and adorable icon_razz.gif and totally already watching your doc it's really good I think I'll watch it again some time soon icon_biggrin.gif
  • Melos

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    Jun 09, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    I may be wrong, but I'd bet that Nick from this season of the Ultimate Fighter is gay.

    http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2010/05/07/mma-fighter-gay-or-playing-gay-on-tv/

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  • darkeyedresol...

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    Jun 09, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    I love Nick Ring! Disappointing his knee issue flared up...
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    Jun 09, 2010 2:26 AM GMT

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    I don't think he's gay- just gay friendly.
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    Jun 09, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    This is all new to me - thanks for the clip and an important and intriguing documentary. I have discussed this with some of my straight wrestler friends, and they agree that there is a homoerotic element to wrestling, but that it was not sexual for them. My pals are all liberals, though, so they are the exception . . .
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    Jun 09, 2010 2:40 AM GMT

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    I hope he is icon_razz.gif he's cute
  • Rush_

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    Jun 09, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    Melos saidI may be wrong, but I'd bet that Nick from this season of the Ultimate Fighter is gay.

    http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2010/05/07/mma-fighter-gay-or-playing-gay-on-tv/

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    And say hello to my future husband...

    On a more serious note now:
    As a gay martial artist, this hits very close to home. My more light-hearted class that isn't as combative (capoeira) is a lot more accepting of my sexuality. Then again, it seems that in the US, gay men in capoeira is more or less accepted, but that's beside the point.

    My gongfu class has an entirely different attitude. There's an amount of open homophobia, not in the angry sense, but in the belittling way. An example is a discussion that people had regarding lesbians that they're all bi, but they had bad experiences with men so they switched to women. Or that time it was stated that gay men are just so witty and funny to have around because they make everyone laugh. Then there were concerns over whether or not the studio itself seemed too 'gay' because there's also a dance class for women in there, so there were costume props lying around.
    To a degree, it is a major don't ask, don't tell sort of thing because at first when you start at a school, you don't really bring much of your personal life into it. You know the other people by name and rank and you train with them. Then you start making friends, and that's when it gets hard...they talk about their lives, but because of the attitudes that prevail, gay guys tend to keep their mouths shut. That's been my experience with the whole thing...its sad, too.

    Martial arts are supposed to be about making one's self better, centering and calming, meditation and self-defense. It is about exploring the depths of the art and to a high degree, finding yourself (I know I've learned a lot about myself since I began training), and in sparring it is supposed to be about your skill and the other person's skill, not which way they swing.

    Okay, this is probably turning into an incoherent rant, or will do so shortly, so I'm going to cut it there for now...it'd be very awesome to see more openly gay martial artists all around, not just in MMA. I think it'd change a lot of minds.

    BTW, another openly gay MMA fighter: Shad Smith
    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2008/3/24/165229/759
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    Jun 09, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    I'm just curious. Do hard-ons happen during grappling? The reason I ask is because I get a raging one every time I grapple with someone. icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 09, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
    viveutvivas saidI'm just curious. Do hard-ons happen during grappling? The reason I ask is because I get a raging one every time I grapple with someone. icon_redface.gif


    Yes, they do. It's one of the number one reasons why kids, who want to go out for wrestling in school, opt not to. They are afraid of wearing the singlet and what it may reveal. This is discussed at length in the documentary with coaches and a psychologist.

    BTW, let's wrestle! You can get a boner with me. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 09, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    warsawstud saidAny suggestions? Are there OPENLY gay fighters in this sporticon_question.gificon_question.gif
    I met one in Sports Authority.
  • BardBear

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    Jun 10, 2010 11:58 AM GMT
    Interestingly, my dojo for kickboxing was massively homophobic. My coach made inappropriate remarks until, about two years ago, I said, "can we use a different words? I hate it when you take my name in vain."

    He apologized profusely. Then, after one training session, totally downloaded about how his brother just came out and he was feeling guilty.

    Ever since then, he's been massively cool and even took two other fighters to task about disparaging remarks. Very, very cool.

    Peace.