UFC Issues Statement on Anti-Asian Racism During UFC 202

Hyun Guy Lim (left) faces off against Mike Perry (right) at their pre-fight weigh-in earlier this month.
Hyun Gyu Lim (left) faces off against Mike Perry (right) at their pre-fight weigh-in earlier this month.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship company has released an official statement reprimanding middleweight Alex Nicholson for a series of derogatory and racially charged anti-Asian statements made during UFC 202 which aired two weeks ago on August 20, 2016.

The night was headlined by a much-anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. But in one of the earlier undercards, South Korean fighter Hyun Gyu Lim squared off against UFC newcomer Michigan-born Mike Perry. In that fight, which resulted in a surprise first-round knockout of Lim by Perry, Perry’s corner included teammate Alex Nicholson who also fights in the UFC.

Combat sports are notorious for pre-fight drama between opponents’ camps, and Lim vs. Perry was no exception. Indeed, at the pre-fight weigh-in, Perry faked a handshake with Lim, which although relatively common is typically seen as rude and unsportsmanlike behaviour. But, in this case, Perry’s camp also took the usua pre-game goading to a distinctly racist level.

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