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UFC Fighter Anderson Silva Isn't Gay, But Is Keeping the Possibility Open

SilvaAs a child Anderson Silva was bullied because other children believed him to be gay. In an interview with Trip magazine, the 39-year old UFC fighter describes growing up as a black man whose race and sexuality were sources of cultural friction. Growing up Silva’s aunt got him into ballet, an experience that the fighter both loved and hated.

“My friends would all go like, ‘ah, little girl, little lady.’ And add that to my high-pitched voice—I was bullied a lot, but I started to like ballet.” he said of his childhood.

“Evander Holyfield practiced ballet. It’s got nothing to do with that, you know. If you want do ballet, you do ballet. You want to fence, you fence. You want to be gay, be gay, it’s all right. You respect people’s spaces, they respect yours, it’s all right.”

Silva’s perspective on gays reflects a recent shift the the UFC’s general position on members of the LGBT community. Earlier this year before his final fight Kyle Kingsbury showed his support for the legalization of gay marriage during a weigh-in. The UFC also recently launched its Protect Yourself at All Times campaign aimed at increasing HIV awareness amongst UFC fans under the age of thirty. The UFC, Silva insisted, owes it to the LGBT community to show its support because so many fighters, though closeted, are themselves queer-identified.

"There’s a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts," he asserted. "There are a lot of them who haven’t yet come out--nowadays it’s so silly to not express your feelings. As long as you respect people's spaces, and respect their limits. You have to live your life in peace and no one has anything to do with that."

Silva himself doesn't mind addressing his own sexuality either, saying he's not gay but is also keeping the possiblity open that he might discover a new side of himself someday.

"I’m still young, it could be that in the future I’ll find out that I’m gay. I take good care of my things, I put everything in a bag, I use soap, I put on a cream after training. People think it’s capricious. To each his own. Doesn’t mean you’re more man or less man, more gay or less gay."


Here's the Full Video of Kyle Kingsbury, the UFC Fighter with the 'Legalize Gay' Pink Underwear: VIDEO

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Yesterday we posted a set of GIFs of UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury at a weigh-in over the weekend where he revealed a pair of pink "Legalize Gay" underwear in an amazing show of support for the LGBT community.

Now we have the full video.

FYI, Kingsbury unfortunately lost his fight, which was also his last. He retired immediately afterward.

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UFC Fighter Weighs In, Reveals Surprise 'Legalize Gay' Underwear: VIDEO

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Kyle "Kingsbu" Kingsbury had a surprise for everyone during his weigh-in before his retirement fight with Patrick Cummins in San Jose last Friday. As the clothes came off, Kingsbury bent over when he dropped trou and mooned the cameras and all in attendance with a pair of pale pink "Legalize Gay" briefs. That's a show of support one can get behind. *rimshot*

You can begin stalking Kingsbury on Twitter under the handle @Kingsbu.

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(via buzzfeed - gifs via 827.tumblr.com)

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UFC Fighter Jon Jones Claims He Didn't Make Homophobic Slurs on Instagram

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A Swedish Instagram user and MMA fan named Daniel Javid accused UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones this week of attacking him with homophobic slurs, Cage Potato reports.

The official explanation from Jones’s manager Malki Kawa is that his phone was stolen, and someone else was posting those comments without his knowledge. (Don’t worry, Jones already got a new phone.) Whether or not you believe that excuse probably reflects how you feel about Jon Jones in the first place. Do you believe that Jones is openly homophobic and lacks the self-control to keep his opinions to himself? Anecdotes like this certainly don’t help his case. Or, do you believe Kawa’s story, because it would be insane for a UFC superstar to go off like this in public?

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Liz Carmouche Wins Historic UFC Match Between Two Openly Gay Fighters - VIDEO

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Saturday's televised match between Carmouche and Jessica Andrade marked a few firsts. It marked the first televised women's bantam-weight match, as well as the first UFC match between two openly-gay fighters. 

Earlier this week, both fighters recognized the groundbreaking nature of the match. Andrade told reporters via a translator:

“I hope this is opening doors for other people to be open about who they are and how they feel. We want to show everybody that we’re not different from anybody else. Whatever you sexual orientation is, it doesn’t affect how you work or who you are or what you do.”

Along those same lines, Carmouche noted that the two women's orientation was not as big a deal as some might make it out to be:

“I do think it’s great. It shouldn’t be a focus on our sexual preference. It’s not who we are as fighters. It’s just an aspect of who we are as people. It’s nice to finally drift away from that.”

Carmouche's victory came via a TKO in the second round, according to Fox Sports. 

"Carmouche spent much of the first round locked in a guillotine choke, however, Andrade never was able to ratchet it down before time expired in the first...From there, it was all Carmouche. She pummeled Andrade with punches and nearly had a couple of submissions before the bout was stopped with a minute left in the second."

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UFC Fighters Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva 'Kiss' at Weigh-In: VIDEO

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Undefeated Chris Weidman knocked out UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a face-off on Saturday night but their weigh-in on Friday may be of a bit more interest to some of you.

Video of the moment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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