According to an interview with Brazil’s UOL Esporte, former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has joined the ranks of the Westboro Baptist Church and the murderers of Matthew Shepard in reviling the scourge that is homosexuality. From the interview:

“I have no prejudice against gays, but I wouldn’t train with someone who’s gay. I have no malice, I don’t take our physical contact as (something) sexual. But what if the gay person has that malice of having physical contact with me, of staying there grappling? I would have no problems having a gay student in my academy, but I would rather not train with him.”

This revelation comes as a surprise, as Nogueira looks pretty happy to be kissed by a man in this photo with Anderson Silva. Judging by the fact that he replaces the word “boner” with “malice” in the quote above, there is most likely some pent-up resentment in play here. Perhaps Nogueira is bitter that he has poor luck with the boys because he looks like the result of Frankenstein mating with an old leather boot. We can only hope that the already-downtrodden Shad Smith does not give up MMA and pursue a new career as a beautician or interior designer after hearing this news.

As for me, I don’t see what the big fucking deal is. In grappling gyms across the world, women put men in their guards all the time, and almost invariably, the parties involved are mature about it. And even though Shad Smith is the only fighter who has come out publicly, let’s not pretend that there aren’t tons of gay grapplers and fighters out there who no one ever notices because they are also able to be mature about things (unlike this guy), and who aren’t comfortable admitting their gayness precisely because of prejudice like this.

Minotauro, you shouldn’t ostracize a fighter just because he happens to like playing the skin flute. That doesn’t mean that he wants to thump a salsa beat on YOUR wrinkly old armadillo shell. Just pull him aside and tell him that if his “malice” starts to pop up, he needs to call a time out and think about something unattractive, like grassy meadows, oceans, or Sean Penn.