UFC middleweight Alex Nicholson has issued an apology for racially insensitive remarks he was heard to have made at UFC 202 on Saturday night.
Nicholson recently secured his first win in the UFC last month with a shocking come from behind knockout of favourite Devin Clark at UFC Fight Night 91, was caught on video saying: “He can’t even open his motherf**king eyes,” when his teammate Mike Perry was introduced for his own UFC debut against veteran Hyun Gyu Lim.
Immediately, the comments were flagged up, especially in a bout when Perry had already drawn heat for instigating at the official weigh-ins.
He went on to win the bout with a brutal knockout, so it’s unfortunate that Nicholson had to mar his teammate’s big debut win with some in-the-moment comments like this.
Nicholson attempted to build bridges with Lim on Twitter last night:
“I respect every man who steps in the cage and my comments were insensitive towards lim I was hype for my brother but It’s all love no hate.” – Alex Nicholson (@spartanlife32) August 23, 2016.
Despite this acknowledgement, the UFC may still take action against Nicholson for the bad publicity that the promotion could most definitely do without at a time of so many USADA suspensions for failed drug tests.
Nicholson has fought just twice in the UFC, having lost his debut to a brutal jaw/neck crank submission from rising prospect Misha Cirkunov after he proposed to his girlfriend at the weigh-ins.
After his middleweight victory, it would be a shame to see a promising UFC career tarnished by his ill-thought out comments.
‘The Spartan’ first fought professionally in February 2014 and went on to win six out of his first seven fights before receiving the call to fight in the UFC.
At 26 years old, Alex Nicholson believes there is much improvement in him and he will be hoping to escape a ban and showcase his talent over the coming months and years.