The UFC, so-called champion of free speech, has found a way to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Ramzan Kadyrov while simultaneously censoring pro-Palestine expressions within its platform.
US sanctions are weak if it allows US companies to circumvent them. Surely that's the sniff test of a robust sanction law 🤔
I like MMA. Political opinions don't belong there. Neither does poetry. You just smash each other and make money.
I don't know if I agree with the author's seeming conclusion that the UFC is biased against Palestinian activism.
For example, Belal Muhammad uses Palestine as his gimmick. He fights under the Palestinian flag, even though he is from Chicago. He wears the kaffiah to the weigh-ins, he shouts "Allahu Akbar", and "Free Palestine" in the Octagon. His social media is loaded with Hamas talking points and misinformation, which he never defends.
The UFC is not going to act against Belal for this, and I would rather they didn't.
What I would like to see is a sort of UFC of the mind where assertions, ideas, claims, etc. that come up in the Octagon are discussed in a debate or panel discussion. The UFC does with for fight breakdowns, and retrospectives, and so forth. Do that with a debate on Palestine, for example.
However, the UFC trying to circumvent the law to partner with warloads, terrorists, and jihadis is going to kill the UFC for me.