"I love what she did. I know people think I'm homophobic. It's the furthest thing from what I am. I think it is ridiculous that it is 2013 and the government tells two people that they cannot marry. Who is the government to tell two people who love each other that they cannot get married? It's ridiculous. I applaud her for reveling it and for her being the first (UFC fighter). Good for her. I hope more do. It doesn't bother me a bit. It should not bother anyone else too." - Dana White via a promotional lunch for UFC 157
UFC President Dana White is far from timid when it comes to expressing his views through social media. It's made him a compelling figure and fan favorite, but at times it's also caused issues for the organization and made him look careless and politically incorrect.
A few years back, White blasted a reporter for a unsubstantiated negative article they wrote about the organization. An infuriated White, cursed the reporter out through a video in which he used gay slurs.
Since then many have tabbed White as homophobic, a label he's tried to shrug in earnest.
With White's blessing and support, Liz Carmouche will make history at UFC 157 on two fronts; the former U.S. Marine will take on woman's bantamweight champion Rhonda Rousey in the first woman's fight in the organization's history, and Carmouche will become the first openly gay fighter to compete in the Octagon.