Many of the women on the UFC’s roster are incredibly beautiful, leading fight fans to send them messages through various social media outlets.
According to UFC women’s strawweight title contender Claudia Gadelha, who faces Joanna Jedrzejczyk Friday evening in the main event of ‘UFC Fight Night: 91’, many of those messages are inappropriate and/or obnoxious!
In addition, former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia has had an even more personal experience with a fan.
She spoke to Combate:
“Once, close to my house, a man on a motorcycle showed me his genitals and drove away. I’ve been through complicated situations. Online, though, they are braver. I hope it doesn’t go beyond that. I know how to defend myself and I would have to use it. Maybe break an arm or choke someone out. I hear some indecent proposals. Guys who want to hold me against my will at parties. Some men think we’re giving them freedom to do those things when we are just being nice. Ignoring is one way to deal with it, you can’t fight them all. It’s a matter of awareness. I embrace the ‘it’s not your fault campaign.’ Walking around in short clothes or in a bikini doesn’t give anyone the liberty to act like that.”
While Claudia Gadelha hasn’t had that graphic of an incident, she regularly receives messages from fans through social media:
“Personally, I never had a guy approaching me and doing something,” Gadelha said. “But on social media it happens all the time. We get messages not only from fans, but also from pervs all the time. It’s annoying, I get messages like this ‘I fantasize about you hitting me.’ It’s very weird. Some men send pictures of their junk. Some guys really bother me. I try to ignore them. When I see it’s not important, I try not to read it, but it happens all the time. After I became a fighter, nothing ever happened to me. I hope it doesn’t because I know I would be really upset and I could punch them in the face.”