Yoel Romero pulled off an upset victory of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida, but that wasn’t the most shocking thing he did all night.
After the fight, Romero took to the microphone and addressed the fans in his secondary language of English. He asked the crowd, “What happened to you, USA? What happened to you,” then proceeded to say what some interpreted as, “Go for Jesus, not forget Jesus”. Some misinterpreted the last sentence as, “Go for Jesus, not for gay Jesus.” Romero wanted to make it clear during the post fight press conference that there was a misunderstanding.
“I would like to apologize if there was a misunderstanding,” Romero said through his interpreter at the post fight press conference. “First of all, I am a man of God. And God is love. My expressions are always going to be about love. What I was trying to say in the Octagon was, live for the American Dream.”
“I will tell you guys something,” Romero said. “God made man to be free. Anybody can do whatever they want. I wouldn’t be the type of person to critique anybody. I have to look at myself first, and be a better person, to love people.”
“What I was trying to say was, to the United States, thank you, for giving me the American Dream. There is no better country, because it is blessed by God.”
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