UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has responded to criticism following his support of Blackout Tuesday.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police has sparked outrage across the globe. In the wake of the tragedy, MMA stars have spoken out against police brutality and racism. The incident sparked an online protest known as Blackout Tuesday. Miocic showed his solidarity to the cause by posting a blank, blacked-out image on Instagram with the caption “#blackouttuesday”.
Despite having the best of intentions, the 37-year old received a wave of backlash in his Instagram comments. Many fans responded with “all lives matter” and accused the champion of “virtue signalling”.
A fan called out his support of the Blackout Tuesday movement. The individual wrote in the Instagram comments, “I think you’ve forgotten most of your fanbase is white. It shows in the comments.”
Stipe Miocic immediately shut down the hater.
“All good,” Miocic said. “I’m not worried about my fan base. I’m worried about the world my daughter has to grow up in.”
Stipe Miocic last fought in August, 2019, when he reclaimed the UFC heavyweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Daniel Cormier. The pair first fought in July, 2018, when Cormier knocked out Miocic in the first round to claim the UFC heavyweight championship for himself.
At present, the world is waiting for a tie-breaking trilogy fight between Miocic and Cormier, which also expected to serve as Cormier’s retirement fight. While Cormier has stated he wants the fight to happen soon, Miocic has been busy with his duties as a firefighter. He’s also expressed reluctance to undertake a fight camp until his gym re-opens.
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