UFC reporter Megan Olivi revealed she was injured when she was overlooked by colleague Stephen A. Smith earlier this year.
After UFC 260 at the end of March, the ESPN mouthpiece sent out a tweet in tribute to the talents of the Punditry team of the MMA championship, but missed Olivi in particular.
“Um, hey there – you’re forgetting someone,” she cut in with a response that garnered nearly 4,000 likes.
Once again, Smith couldn’t acknowledge them.
Ummm hey there – you forget someone 😁
– Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) March 28, 2021
During a Q&A after the UFC 261 considerations on Friday, Olivi was approached by reporters on the subject and admitted, “That was really tough for me”.
“I don’t love social media in general, but then to play such a big role in terms of pre-fight and post-fight interviews, I’m the one doing it on the ground …”
“Then to do all the hits on the show and be part of that team and literally be the only women on the pay-per-view team – there is no other desk host, there is no one in the pre or post -Show. It’s literally just me.
“And I worked to be here. I wasn’t given this. It’s been a very long journey, as people who saw me 10 years ago can safely attest. I did everything right. Come here and not those To get the recognition that my male colleagues got, I was really so hurt, “she admitted, although it was” nice “to see colleagues and fans defending their honor.
But despite the fact that treatment is something “treated the women in this room,” the American doesn’t believe it is something Smith, who has often been addicted to women in the MMA community, did on purpose .
“I don’t think he did it on purpose. I don’t think there was any intention,” said Olivi before appearing to doubt Smith’s knowledge of the sport.
“I don’t think he was trying to be rude in any way. I just think he didn’t really care. I don’t know how much he actually saw. I know he might be an MMA insider should and he does his best, but he also has a lot on his plate. ”
I wouldn’t expect Stephen A Smith, the man who doesn’t like watching women fight, to make Megan Olivi one of the best UFC channels in the game. Despicable.
– Fernie Gonzalez (@ Fernieg2323) March 28, 2021
“I also wonder if he got help with the tweet when it was just ‘OK, this is the people on the show’,” Olivi mused.
“It would be nice if one day he said, ‘Oh shit’, I didn’t see that. But I don’t think that’s the character we’re dealing with,” she concluded.
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As mentioned earlier, this isn’t Smith’s first rodeo when it comes to ticking off women in Olivi’s job.
A few months ago, the host paid $ 8 million a year for thinking that he just didn’t want to “see women punch each other in the face” in martial arts.
“I think there are so many women who are incredibly qualified to get their jobs done,” continued Smith’s outburst on Larry Wilmore’s “Black on the Air” podcast.
“Wherever I jump off the train, they try to get physically involved.
“For example, I never want to see a woman box a man. I don’t want to see this. I don’t want a woman fighting a man in the UFC – even though there are some women out there that will kick the guy’s butt. “
However, as he continued ranting, it became clear that Smith’s problem was that women fought at close range, and not just against men.
“When I think of fighting sports, I don’t like seeing women involved at all,” said Smith.
“I just don’t like it. I wouldn’t promote laws to ban this, but I don’t want women to slap each other in the face. I don’t want women to fight in the city.” Octagon and stuff like that.
“It’s just me,” he said off.
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