Following a resounding knockout defeat of veteran fighter Lyoto Machida Saturday, UFC middleweight Yoel Romero extended his win streak to six and attracted significant media attention. In a post-game interview, Romero took advantage of his wide audience by opining on an issue he feels must be addressed.
After emigrating from Cuba in 2007, Romero indicated he has noticed America’s shift away from its Christian roots.
“Wow, my friends,” he said in the aftermath of his most recent victory. “I want to say something. I’ll try English. Hey, UFC! Hey, Miami! Hey, Florida! Listen, people. Listen, listen, listen.”
Instead of congratulating his own performance, he admonished the U.S. for forgetting Jesus Christ. The crowd continued to cheer as Romero began sharing his opinion of the nation’s current cultural climate.
Some of his statement is unintelligible due to his broken English; however, reported transcripts reveal the gist of his position.
“What happened to you, USA? What happened to you? What’s going on? You forget the best of the best in the world? The name is Jesus Christ? What happened to you? Wake up, USA! Go back. Go for Jesus. No for gay Jesus, people!”
His final sentence was the source of most debate, with some contending he said “no forget Jesus.”
The message, however, was clear to both supporters and critics.
While his concern obviously resonated with many Americans…
…others demanded everything from an apology to his termination from the UFC. In a subsequent press conference, Romero set some of his critics at ease with a clarification of his initial remarks.
“I didn’t refer to anybody,” he said. “What I was trying to say was, ‘United States, thank you for giving me the American dream.’ There’s no better country than this one because it is blessed by God. It’s in the dollars that this country was made by Christian people. That means it’s blessed by God.”
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