Mixed martial arts fans often times get a bad rap, and it is usually because of the actions of a select group who take things to the extreme. UFC welterweight Sean Brady unfortunately had to experience an all too unpleasant encounter with an MMA fan at his recent outing at UFC 280.
Brady, of Philadelphia, Pennysylvania was in Abu Dhabi where he would put his undefeated pro record of 15-0 on the line against Belal Muhhamad.
Prior to the fight, though, a crazed fan sent his wife a direct message on Instagram threatening to kill him if he defeated Muhammad.
“Someone messaged her and said that if I won the fight against Belal that they would kill me and bury me in the desert – it was pretty bad,” Brady said in an interview on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting).
“She was right there front row sitting with [Joe Pyfer], and she busted through the security and got to me when I was walking out of the [octagon], but she was right there [in Abu Dhabi] with me, [and] she got messages.”
Brady would suffer defeat for the first time in his career, amateur or pro. The loss to Muhammad came by way of TKO in the second round. What Brady and his wife went through in the lead up to the fight left the couple upset, but he realizes that not every fan is to blame.
“Dude, these fans, they’re scumbags,” Brady said. “Don’t get me wrong, there are great fans, then there are these people with fake profiles that write to you afterward. I just read this message [earlier this week] that was like, ‘You’re a piece of s—t’ – they just say the wildest things to you.”
In the wake of defeat, Brady says that he will not let what happened bother him, but asks that in the future the haters message him, instead of his spouse.
“I don’t let it get to me. I try not to lean into that s—t anymore. But, my wife, she’s a registered nurse. All she does is take care of people, and people are threatening her, calling her this, calling her that,” he added. “Message me. Don’t message my wife, especially if you’re a man. Be a man. Say it to me, don’t say it to my f———g wife, because my wife could probably beat you up.”
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