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Why Are So Many MMA Fighters Truthers, Conspiracists, And Just Plain Weird?

Published on July 7, 2016 by   ·   No Comments



One of very own disinfonaut contributors fits this description – can you guess who? Deadspin tells us why MMA fighters are often into conspiracy theories:

In late May, Tito Ortiz made a public appearance at a Donald Trump rally, holding up a bumper sticker that read, “Hillary Clinton killed my friends.” It wasn’t the first time he’d publicly backed the demagogue developer; earlier this year he went on a radio show and explained his support of Trump by delivering a jumbled approximation of a sentence about extremists and Mexicans. (Ortiz himself is of Mexican descent.) Before that, he was a contestant on Trump’s show Celebrity Apprentice; the future GOP nominee fired him.

The news was treated as a funny sideshow by fight fans, given Ortiz’sgeneral inability to speak and overall weirdness. After all, this is a man who claimed he had a “cracked skull” following a close fight, walked out to Eminem’s anti-Bush anthem “Mosh,” and almost fought in a televised boxing match against UFC president Dana White. This was just another bizarre thing that Tito did.

Still, it speaks to a larger phenomenon in the world of mixed martial arts, which is that the participants, at all levels, have some really weird politics.

Take Ronda Rousey, who in 2013 took a break from dominating the women’s bantamweight division to find out the truth about the Sandy Hook massacre. Or Jeff Monson, the former UFC heavyweight contender and social worker who moved to Russia and now finds himself in RT articles decrying American imperialism. Or Tim Kennedy, the UFC middleweight/Army Ranger who appears on Alex Jones and has the beliefs of a John Birch Society conspiracist who was cryogenically frozen and revived in the late 2000s…

[continues at Deadspin]

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