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UFC fighters condemn racism, support Black Lives Matter in new video

“What if it was me? Because one day it could be me,” - Israel Adesanya

The tragic and racist murder of unarmed African-American George Floyd by police officers has become the driving force for change, not just int he United States, but worldwide. This has sparked outrage over several years of systemic racism that plagues many Police Departments in the USA, and many people are fed up with it. Taking a stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, several UFC fighters such as Michael Bisping, Angela Hill and Israel Adesanya spoke out about racism, and fighting it with unity.

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Middleweight champ Adesanya made a good point in the video, saying that he easily could be the one racially profiled next time.

“What if it was me?” Adesanya stated. “Because one day it could be me.”

The video above ended with a powerful message.

“Today we vow to continue to stand up and speak out for what’s right together,” the UFC fighters conclude. “Yesterday, today, and every damn day. Black Lives Matter.”

There is certainly precedence for this. There are numerous occasions of African-American police officers, state attorneys and even FBI agents, in situations where it’s unlikely that they would have faced the same scrutiny had they been Caucasian.

Many UFC fighters have been affected or at the least been touched by the tragic events. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has taken a stand in his adopted city of Albuquerque, helping local businesses. Superstar Conor McGregor made a post on social media, condemning racism and promoting unity. Even UFC president Dana White spoke out about racism and police brutality, offering his opinions on how to make systemic, long-lasting changes.

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