The UFC Facing Backlash For Airing Black History Month Special Featuring Michael Chandler

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People on the Internet are currently angry at the UFC for running a Black History Month special starring lightweight contender Michael Chandler.

Throughout the month, the UFC promised to air several features to promote black athletes to celebrate “their significance in promoting and growing” the sport.


Throughout February, UFC will highlight the personal stories of African American and Black UFC athletes, past and present, while celebrating their significance in promoting and growing UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts.

UFC will also commemorate Black History Month across its digital and social platforms with exclusive content such as an interactive timeline, features, and vignettes published weekly to UFC will also include special content during its broadcasts via watermark inclusion, athlete features, and vignettes throughout the month.

During Saturday’s UFC Vegas 19. the promotion decided to run a feature starring Chandler, a white man who adopted a black child to celebrate Black History Month.

The UFC received a ton of backlash on social media considering there are a ton of black fighters within the organization who could have been featured instead of Chandler.