UFC fighter shows support for LGBT community during weigh-in
The mixed martial artist says he is proud to fight for LGBT equality.
UFC fighter Nicolas Dalby expressed his love and support for the LGBT community during a weigh-in over the weekend.
The MMA proudly showed off a rainbow themed ‘We Are All Fighters’ t-shirt during pre-fight preparations in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship over the weekend.
The Danish athlete posted a picture of himself holding the shirt on Instagram, before highlight the importance of supporting the LGBT community.
“Weigh-ins for #UFCHamburg done! 170 and ready to smash Sobotta!,” he wrote”
“But it was more important for me to show my support for the #LGBTQ community. #WeAreAllOne.”
Fans of the fighter praised his post, with one gay enthusiast saying the move “meant a lot”.
“Thank you @dalbymma As a gay guy who is a fan of MMA”, the fan wrote on Twitter.
“It is great to see a top fighter showing support for the gay community, it means a lot. Good luck tonight.”
The UFC launched the ‘We Are All Fighters’ line of merchandise in July, with proceeds going to the LGBTQ Centre in Las Vegas.
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“Just as it takes courage to step into the Octagon, it takes courage to stand for what you believe in—and we’re proud to stand with members of the LGBTQ community in their fight for equality,” UFC senior executive vice president Lawrence Epstein said.
“As friends and allies, our hope is to raise awareness and help support community groups like the LGBTQ Centre that directly impact LGBTQ individuals.”
Amanda Nunes – who became the league’s first ever openly gay champion earlier this year – also showed off her rainbow shirt on social media.
The pair are not the first to show their love for the LGBT community so publicly.
In 2104, UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury dropped his pants to show his support for LGBT rights during his own weigh-in.