Liz Carmouche will make history tonight when she competes at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche in two different ways. First, she’ll become the first female fighter to grace the Octagon along with her opponent, Ronda Rousey.
Second, Carmouche will become the first openly gay or lesbian athlete to compete for the UFC. The former military veteran came out several years ago and has become a leader in the gay and lesbian community.
UFC president Dana White, during a Q&A session prior to the weigh-ins on Friday, discussed his stance on a male fighter coming out in the future. White stated that he would welcome them with open arms, and believes the rest of the locker room would, as well.
“Most of the guys that are in this sport are really good people,” White said. “Some of our guys (White included) have said some things that make it look like we’re homophobes, but we’re not and we’ve apologized.”
White also stated that if a fighter refused to face a gay opponent, “I’d fix it.”