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Stephen A. Smith has done it again.

The ESPN analyst created quite a stir with his thoughts about women competing in MMA, stating “I don’t want to see women fighting in the octagon again.” Many fighters didn’t take too kindly to Smith’s comments.

I appreciate your transparency @stephenasmith . Although I wish everyone at ESPN—and throughout the world—saw women’s sports in a positive light, I assure you that we women don’t need your support. #2020WorldMMAAwardsFightOfTheYear #NationalGirlsandWomenInSportsDay

— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) February 3, 2021

♀️ ‍♀️ ‍♀️ ...a lot I want to say here but I think the emoji sums it up just fine. https://t.co/WcuhMYzybv

— Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) February 3, 2021

@stephenasmith Cmon SON! https://t.co/mpeJJg8bvE pic.twitter.com/33qTM81XQm

— @CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) February 2, 2021

Hi @espn
If you intend to continue giving Stephen A. Smith a platform to preach inequality in sports, you are taking an incredible risk in alienating fans and athletes alike. It is incredibly disappointing that you would promote a person who is so derisive women in sport @espnW

— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) February 3, 2021

Kaitlin Young for the kill https://t.co/p2zKISH3BF

— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) February 3, 2021

Hey @stephenasmith how about you shut up and not tell women what to do for their career. https://t.co/2rzcHd9YnD

— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 3, 2021

Who even cares about what this guys wants to see? Close your eyes https://t.co/0oxNP16Fj9

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) February 3, 2021

“Shut up.” - Weili Zhang https://t.co/xhbCMTk4KH

— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) February 2, 2021

It’s not the first time Smith has come under fire from MMA fans for his opinions. He savaged Donald Cerrone following the octagon vet’s quick loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 246, saying Cerrone didn’t show up to fight and was “disgusted” with what Cerrone offered in the fight. That prompted a wave of condemnation from high-profile MMA figures including McGregor, who said the ESPN personality should apologize for his words. Smith stood by his words and later gloated when Cerrone admitted he was off his game.

Since that controversy, Smith has been noticeably absent from UFC broadcasts, though he’s continued to opine on the sport at large, which led to his latest controversial comments.

https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/2/3/22265045/pros-react-to-stephen-a-smiths-latest-controversial-comments