UFC fighters are easily some of the toughest athletes on the planet. They put their health and their lives on the line every time they step out to compete in the Octagon.
Their courage and fearlessness inside the Octagon sometimes goes beyond combat. Over the years, several fighters have not hesitated to make their political opinions known to the public.
Fighters like Colby Covington and Jorge Masivdal have openly expressed their support for former US President Donald Trump.
Speaking for someone is one thing. Some fighters, however, have officially denounced high-profile politicians, criticizing them for their practices.
On that note, let’s take a look at five instances where UFC fighters have spoken out against politicians:
# 5. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya calls on Jacinda Ardern to change laws on unprovoked assault
Israel Adesanya’s last appearance in the UFC Octagon was at UFC 263. “The Last Stylebender” faced Marvin Vettori in the main event for his third title defense. Adesanya controlled the majority of the fight and sailed to a unanimous decision victory.
In his post-fight interview, the New Zealander dedicated his victory to his late teammate and friend Fau Vake. Vake died earlier this year after succumbing to injuries from an assault.
At the post-fight UFC 263 press conference, Adesanya slammed New Zealand politicians, calling them “old heads” out of touch with the world today. The 32-year-old also called on the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to pass tougher laws regarding cases of unprovoked assault. Adesanya said:
“Jacinda [Ardern], I don’t know who else is in your fucking closet, but you know that was wrong. You know exactly what to do. I don’t know which puppeteer is pulling the strings, but you are the leader of the country. You handled the mosque shootings like a fucking champion, can you do the same with that shit too? “