“For Viewers Making Less Than $40,000”: When American Sitcom ‘Family Guy’ Took a Dig at UFC Fans

Published 04/30/2022, 7:18 AM EDT

Many UFC fighters have been the butt of several jokes. This includes some of the top fighters from the promotion. However, the promotion’s fans themselves have been a part of the jokes. One such witty jest was found on ‘Family Guy’.

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In an older episode of the sitcom, they took a jab at UFC fans. Characters Peter Griffin and Lois Griffin were watching the news. The reporter said, “Our top story: An austere, monetary policy has the European Union on the brink of collapse, threatening the entire global economy. And for viewers making less than $40,000 a year, your top story is a big UFC fight this Saturday.”

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Thus, the show quickly took a shot at die-hard fans of the promotion. However, this is not the only time a show has taken digs at the UFC fans or one of its members.

HOUSTON, TX – MAY 15: Joe Rogan at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021, at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In a recent episode of ‘The Simpsons’ titled ‘You Won’t Believe What This Episode is About- Act Three Will Shock You!’, UFC’s Joe Rogan was seen. While they did not directly say the character was Rogan, viewers found certain aspects that pointed out the resemblance.

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The episode was not liked by many. The way the famous Spotify podcaster was portrayed did not sit well with many and hence, criticism ensued.

While the old episode of ‘Family Guy’ took a jab at the fans, the UFC fan’s behavior has been under scrutiny for a while.

Do UFC fans have a control problem?

An article published in 2019 by ‘Sportscasting‘, discussed this issue. While the fighters need to be aggressive in the octagon, it looks like fans can get aggressive too. As per the article, some fans can themselves get into fights and brawls.

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Sometimes a fight does not meet the viewer’s expectations. One such example is the Yair and Jeremy Stephens fight. When Rodriguez unintentionally poked Stephens in the eye, the latter was unable to continue the fight. It happened just seconds into the fight. Plus, the fight was the main event.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Yair Rodriguez of Mexico and Jeremy Stephens touch gloves prior to their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event on September 21, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Hence, fans were agitated, and as per the article, fans proceeded to chant obscenities at Stephens. Some even threw bottles at the octagon. Further, the Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov brawl after their fight also saw a few fans get involved in it.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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