This is not how it was supposed to go for UFC middleweight Yoel Romero. After viciously knocking out Lyoto Machida to prove he is one of the top contenders at 185-pounds, Romero grabbed the mic and attempted to deliver his post-fight speech in English.
Of course, English is not Romero’s native language so it was difficult for the middleweight to get his message across.
Romero, who is nicknamed “Soldier of God,” tried to deliver a message about people in the United States getting back on track and remembering Jesus.
However, because of the broken English, some people took Romero’s “don’t forget Jesus” message as “not for gay Jesus.”
With the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage across the United States, people believed Romero was delivering a political message and taking a stance against gay marriage.
It was a unfortunate misunderstanding — especially with the momentum Romero had just gained from the big win — but it is one of the dangers of trying to step outside of your comfort zone to deliver a message that could be lost in translation.
Now, Romero has to deal with the backlash rather than begin his campaign for a title shot. It’s just a mess all around.
Romero later tried to clarify his comments saying that he was referring to the American dream. However, people are still going to believe whatever they want.
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