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Gay MMA Fighter Outed

(Shad Smith, out!)

No, it’s not GSP. And it’s not James Thompson or Don Frye. The guy’s name is Shad Smith and he was outed yesterday by The New York Times. The 35-year-old KOTC vet — who is the first openly gay male fighter in MMA — recently spoke to The Times and chatted about growing up fighting in a neighborhood where he and his brothers were the minorities. Sounds like the guy had quite a chip on his shoulder, too:

“I was just mad-dogging everyone” — staring them down — “until somebody said something, and then I’d put my hands up and start fighting.” He said he had 46 counts of assault and battery as a juvenile. “And that’s 46 counts posted on me. Can you imagine how many there actually were?”

And then came the outing:

I asked Smith why he spent so much of his youth looking for trouble. I expected some sort of clichéd, though possibly true, explanation — a difficult childhood or a Napoleon complex. What I didn’t expect him to say was, “You know, bro, the sexual-preference thing.”

Smith is gay, and I know of no other professional fighter who is openly so. “I was always scared that my mom and dad would find out and wouldn’t like me, and my brothers wouldn’t like me,” he said. “I was petrified, because I didn’t want anyone to find out. And I would try to be the toughest person around. That way, no one would suspect, no one would ever say it, no one would think it.”

So there you have it. Since this is such a ridiculously-homophobic industry, I imagine it’ll be hard for Smith to get fighters to agree to matches with him now — especially if they share Brock Lesnar‘s 18th Century views. Smith last fought in January, losing to Dave Rivas. He is 9-9-2 overall and is 0-3-1 in his last four.

On that note, here’s a video that is fitting for the topic of this post — and kinda’ sweet.

(Props BloodyElbow)

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winielafreak- December 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm
I know a gay mma coach. Karl Tanswell. He runs sbg mainline in manchester uk. He even shut his gym for a bit after he tried it on with a male student and everyone found out about it :).
Everyone seems to deny it now, but i remember when it happened. I now a few other stories too, but they are sick :)
bengun82- July 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm
how would you look something like that up?
bessent- April 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm
All the gay hating dudes are in ol' Brock's boat? Nice!! Glad I'm not on that ship. Brock's a fuck'n joke are so are homophobs. Besides everyone knows homophobs are just gay on the inside with spite on the outside, like Shad when he was young.
jim davis- December 19, 2008 at 11:26 pm
you are right. I hate fags
superboxer- June 23, 2008 at 7:11 am
hey Jugger ever stop to think maybe your ugly, thats why girls at the dojo dont want to roll around with you?
Rumbler- May 11, 2008 at 5:58 am
Come on! Like you never had a hard on when some stud was in your guard.
YngDodger- May 11, 2008 at 4:36 am
You're a bunch of flippin doucebags if that's what you're worried about. I'm gay and fight BJJ and Judo and I'd kick your nelly bitch ass MMACOACH anyday. How could any gay person be turned on over such stupid ignorance. You're dumb as a rock man.
mmacoach- March 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm
Hey Than, that is called "Felony Fights", might as well be bum fights most of the time. It is an embarassment to mma fighters everywhere. They get ex cons, usually with no training, to fight each other for money... No rules at all. Shad just happens to be an ex con, so he was invited. They do 2 on 2 fights, 2 girls fight 1 guy fights, crazy shit... Might make you want to watch but it is truly barbaric and just plain wrong. There need to be rules in MMA. One thing I will say, the participants are losers so seeing them get their ass whipped is mildly (and I stress mildly) entertaining. Most of the time it is aimless flailing hay-makers that ends up in the street fight head-lock. 9 times out of 10, one person gets cracked and doesn't want to continue... bitch style.
Tylenol Jones- March 24, 2008 at 7:36 pm
Hmmmm... a gay mma fighter. I'd be afraid he'd get a hard on if he took my back and then the hardness would make me give up my neck and he'd choke me out.

But then again it would be nice to KO a Homo.
Jugger- March 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm
So, if you don't want to roll with a homosexual you're homophobic? Why don't the girls at the dojo wanna roll with me? Is it because they're all lesbians? No, it's because you don't want to roll with some one who might be attracted to you sexually. I can understand perfectly if some chick at the dojo would be uncomfortable full mounting me, or with me laying in her guard; if she would rather spar with other women. There is nothing, at all, "phobic" about that. This guys should understand that if he's openly gay, some guys aren't going to want him grappling with them, just as the girls at the gym don't want to roll with me.

Some idiots are so quick to step on the soapbox and throw terms like "homophobic" around. Stop trying to be so politically correct and think for a second.
cw- March 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm
Kinda misleading to say that the Times outed him when he's like 'I'm gay'. Didn't he just out himself?
Than- March 24, 2008 at 4:23 pm
Hey CP I saw a video of a street fight that Shad Smith had a few months ago, I remember it cuz he had a unique name. It was for some streetfighting website with no rules where Shad fought some dude who likes to fight, not an MMA fighter.
Boner- March 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm
Homophobic? Wait does that mean that the guy that writes for cagepotato is gay?!?! Aw man, now I can't go to this site anymore... Well it looks like it's time for me to go back to my obsession with that foxy lady boy-george (odd name though.)
MMA!!!- March 24, 2008 at 12:33 pm
LOL that's amazing! Hilarious video... On the gay thing.. I wouldn't be so much disgusted of fighting a homo than afraid of losing to a homo.
mmacoach- March 24, 2008 at 8:15 am
that was funny as fuck
mmacoach- March 24, 2008 at 8:05 am
I'm not putting dude on "front street" or anything, but he's not the kind of guy you want to popularize on this site. He is gay yes, but he is also a wack job. He is known locally quite well. He isn't just gay man, he likes them young and impressionable. He has been to prison a few times, not just for assault if you know what I mean. To be absolutely clear, he doesn't mess with little kids or anything to my knowledge, but he has been in trouble for allegedly forcing himself on people. This is local knowledge in his stomping grounds. Look it up, don't just take my word for it.
JDIZZO- March 24, 2008 at 7:12 am
that was fucking hilarious
Aryan- March 24, 2008 at 6:37 am
holy shit this is wrong
Adam- March 24, 2008 at 4:51 am
Warcraft- March 24, 2008 at 4:41 am
Yeah that was funny.
2 of the baddest MMA fighters singing to each other hahaha.
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 24, 2008 at 4:19 am

Ed- March 24, 2008 at 3:47 am
This is the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in my life.
Knightrider- March 24, 2008 at 3:23 am
Aww that's cute.