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Rashad Evans Addresses Race in MMA


I'm largely done with the talking about issue again given the firestorm it caused, but since Evans was asked about his assessments of the prevalence and impact of race and racism in MMA I felt obligated to post about it.

Chad Dukes of 106.7 WJFK attended UFC 88 in Atlanta and in this interview with Evans asked if he believed racism or racial preference played a role in who MMA fans (it must be assumed - quite rightly - Dukes felt most fans were white) root for or support.

I must say I find Evans' answer very respectable. Without identifying specific occurrences but without denying its omnipresence, Evans simply remarked racial bias exists at virtually every angle of American society. However, the only real solution for success is to ignore it, work through it and persevere. It's the attitude of acknowledgment without acknowledgment.

If you weren't a fan before, that statement alone should do the trick. Listen to the whole interview here.

Chad Dukes (pictured at right above) is one half of the "Big O & Dukes" show on 106.7 WJFK in Washington, D.C. Their show airs weekdays from 10am to 3pm.

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