As all the world’s senses turn towards Gaza, as people protest against the sheer use of violence, as celebrities and athletes take a stand and call for peace, UFC fighter Noad Lahat dedicated his last fight to peace and put his career on hold to engage in war by the side of the Israeli army.
You can’t achieve peace without being ready for war,” said Lahat to Bleacherreport.com . If people are attacking you and they’re not going to stop until you’ re dead, then you have to go and fight. There’s no other way.
The MMA world reacts in shock: Lahat’s move is criticized by some as a publicity stunt, used to boost a career that wasn’t bright enough. But for many, this move (ergo this fighter) has no place in UFC anymore: UFC should be used as a peace platform, a place where fighters embrace positive attitude and promote diversity and respect. UFC is definitely not a platform to promote war crimes and to tarnish the image of a whole nation.
Palestinian – American Ramsey Nijem was surely not content with Lahat’s announcement after his fight as he shares his thoughts with ArabsMMA.com today.
I think Noad Lahat knows he doesn’t belong in the UFC. He is 1-1 with a bulls**t win in his home town. He used the whole army thing as a way to make himself relevant because his fighting wouldn’t. He can’t handle a fair fight. If he really wanted to make a difference he would have used his platform to promote peace instead of painting a picture of the evil Palestinians he has to stop.
With this latest news, the most important question remains hanging! Will fighters start mixing sports and politics or will UFC officials put an end to this and make another example out of Lahat ?
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