VIDEO | Dana White fires back at Meryl Streep’s ‘stupid’ and ‘uneducated’ crack at MMA

January 9, 2017 10:30 am by Russell Ess

At Sunday’s 74th Golden Globes, acrtress Meryl Streep was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award and gave a speech that got a big reaction from a diverse audience.

Streep fired off her acceptance speech with an anti-Trump message and took a crack at mixed martial arts and football claiming that the two sports are “not the arts,” which obviously got a big reaction from fans.

Meryl Streep criticizes MMA

UFC President Dana White spoke with TMZ following Streep’s speech and addressed what Streep had to say.

“It’s not gonna be everybody’s thing and the last thing I expect is an uppity 80-year-old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts,” White said.

When asked if he thought Streep took a direct shot at MMA with White speaking at the Republican National Convention in support of Trump, White was unsure.

“I don’t know, maybe she did. I’m not sure. I mean, Ari Emanuel is definitely Hollywood and he makes movies and TV shows and wasn’t a Trump supporter either but I don’t know,” said White. “If you really look at who follows the UFC and is in to mixed martial arts, it’s everybody. Like I said, I don’t expect and 80-year-old woman to be a big fan of mixed martial arts and listen, everybody is in to whatever. I’m not a big fan of golf. Doesn’t mean people should stop watching it. If you don’t like it, change the channel.”

When asked if MMA should be considered an art, White had his reasoning to back his sport up.

Rousey Nunes

“Oh, of course it’s an art. These fighters, the men and women are so talented. They train their whole lives to become the best in the world and people that get into the UFC are the elite of the elite. It’s saying something stupid like that is like saying she [Streep] isn’t a talented actress, which she is. She is a very talented actress.”

White went on to talk about the diversity of the UFC athletes with fighters and champions, both men and women coming from different countries all over the world as well as hosting the events in different parts of the world throughout the year.

What are your thoughts on Meryl Streep’s speech and what Dana White had to say in response? Let’s hear it in the comment section!


About BJPENN.com

Shouted out after victory to the UFC masses, BJPENN.COM is the home to multiple time champion BJ Penn. After a decade of on-line operation BJPENN.COM has evolved into the most reliable destination for all your fighter interviews, fighter blogs and MMA/UFC news stories.

Advertise with us

For all advertising inquiries click here.

About us

Please contact us for all website inquiries.