Lauren Murphy, Angela Hill, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Other MMA Fighters Gang up on Stephen A. Smith for Recent Comments

Published 02/05/2021, 6:53 AM EST


Popular and outspoken analyst, Stephen A. Smith, found himself mired in a fresh controversy. He spoke on the “Black on the Air” podcast alongside its host, Larry Wilmore. This time around, he was in trouble because of his comments on women fighting in the UFC. 

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Wilmore brought up some new developments from women’s immense strides in sports and leadership-based roles. Smith was asked if this will become a common thing in the future where he replied, “First of all, I love it. I think that there’s an awful lot of women that are incredibly qualified to do the jobs that they’re doing.” 

TORONTO, CANADA – DECEMBER 08: (L-R) Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan battles Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland in their UFC strawweight championship fight during the UFC 231 event at Scotiabank Arena on December 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, here he veered off into a completely new direction. He said, “I don’t ever want to see a woman boxing a man. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see a woman in the UFC fighting a man, even though there are some women out there that’ll kick a dude’s butt. We get all that.”

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The fallout from Stephen A. Smith’s statements

It all went from bad to worse when he said that he doesn’t like women involved in pugilistic sports. His comments received some responses, and several fighters in the UFC let their feelings be known. Fighters like Angela Hill, Laura Sanko, Lauren Murphy, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk responded on Twitter.

Angela Hill quoted ‘Magnum’ from UFC 248 in her response to Smith.

 Joanna tweeted, “I appreciate your transparency, Stephen A. Smith. Although I wish everyone at ESPN—and throughout the world—saw women’s sports in a positive light, I assure you that we women don’t need your support.” 

Laura Sanko said she wanted to say a lot more, but she felt the emojis she used summed up everything just fine.

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Lauren Murphy wished Smith a happy National Women in Sports Day. 

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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