Helwani Raises the “L” Word As Story-Line

Helwani Raises the “L” Word As Story-Line


Liz Carmouche takes to the Octagon Saturday night for her 2nd UFC fight and the first women’s bout on FOX. Meeting her in the ring that night is fellow bantamweight and UFC newcomer Jessica Andrade.

In her interview with Ariel Helwani, there was the usual talk of what she’s expecting in the way of the fight, what she thought of her last bout and loss (to Ronda Rousey) and what she’s hoping to take away from this fight should she win, which of course, would be re-match with division champion Rousey.

However, half-way-through the interview Helwani raised the issue of the fighter’s sexuality (both she and Andrade are lesbians) and asked Carmouche whether or not she was “liked” the attention that the subject was getting and noting that it had become part of the “story-line” of the fight; at least in the media’s eyes.    

In responding, Carmouche remarked that she has mixed feelings on the subject and is glad that it gives the “LBT community…positive attention”, but at the same time she does not “want it to detract from it…(or) to take away from the fight and what the fight is itself.”

To her final point I’d have to agree. I think the issue of a fighter’s sexuality (male or female) is irrelevant to the task at hand and as a fan I could care less, about it.

On this point and as much as anything, I find it bizarre that the media even cares or that Ariel (himself) would raise the subject and that he did it twice; as he asked Andrade the same questions.

Again, I don’t think fans care about these matters and that they are only interested in who’s beating who and not who’s sleeping with whom and that the media shouldn’t bother fighters with these types of questions.

I take my hat off to both ladies for handling the Q & A as well as they have / did and now that the subject has been dealt with, perhaps it can be put aside and the media can get back to discussing MMA.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    Lez Carmouche is tough to lick.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Stiks Stiks

      Not if you ask her girlfriend? *ba-dum-TSH*

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        Of course I was playing on words….Lez?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Stiks Stiks

    Hm, after reading this I have to ask, how would a homosexual male fighter be received by the fans, as well as other fighters? Is there currently any openly gay male fighter in a major promotion? I think society, at least in the US, has a certain attitude towards these kinds of things. In my opinion, its irrelevant. No matter the ***; however, is that the general attitude? Thoughts?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Stiks Stiks

      Wow, it censored the 3 letter word for gender.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Stiks, I had the same thought about gay fighters in the UFC or MMA in general, but opted not to bother getting into it.

      The odds would be that there are gay fighters in the UFC / MMA, but have not come out.

      The interesting thing is, I guess, the gay female fighters are readily accepted (as they should be), yet gay male fighters, of which there must be some, elect not to come out and probably, because they feel they would not be accepted or certainly feel they would be ridiculed by fans who care about such things.

      All of that said, there is one openly gay male fighter out there (no pun intended), by the name of Shad Smith. He's 12 & 19, on a 5 fight losing streak and is 1 & 9 in his last 10 fights. He's not very good, to say the least.

      Other than him, I know of no others.

      Again though, is…isn't…it's irrelevant, to me.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        Seth (KImbo killer) and Dakota(TUFfy), both light in the loafers

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

    Fighting and Lesbians.. two of my favorite things in the world.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      Why is that? Lesbians wont have anything to do with a man. Now if you're talking hot bi- s3xual women, thats totally different.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        Entity, you raise a subtle, but good point.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Satellite, shouldn't one be "great" and the other "hot"? Unless defined, you could end up with a really bad night of something you're really not into, man. :-)

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

    There are a lot of worse things in this world then loving somebody. Even if you don't understand it.

    This will always be an issue as long as people keep talking about. The sooner we shrug shoulders and move on. The sooner this nonsense ends.

    Who cares… their having a fist fight. Its like asking if their a dog or cat person. Does it matter?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      NC…I couldn't agree more.

      Coffee is on me, man.