Tony Kelley Responds to Racism Accusations, Blames Cancel Culture

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Tony Kelley UFCTony Kelley, UFC 269 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

One of the debased points of a mostly entertaining UFC Vegas 54 paper connected Saturday came from Andrea “KGB” Lee’s corner.

Lee had a beardown opening circular against Brazil’s Viviane Araujo, landing a thunderous caput footwear that knocked Araujo to the canvass. By the extremity of the round, however, Araujo had recovered, and successful the second, she took power of the fight. Relying connected her grappling game, she made beingness a nightmare for Lee connected the ground. Lee yet mislaid a decision.

Between rounds, Lee could beryllium overheard saying she felt arsenic if she was going to walk out. It was different comments, from manager and fellow Tony Kelley, that got radical talking however. Following the archetypal round, Lee complained astir a thumb to the eye.

That’s what they’re going to do, they’re soiled f*cking Brazilians,” Kelley told her. “They’re going to f*cking cheat similar that.”

Response to the comments was acold from positive.

Tony Kelley successful the corner: "That's what they're going to do, they're soiled f*cking Brazilians, they're going to f*cking cheat similar that."


— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) May 15, 2022

Second racist/trainer fellow successful a enactment for Andrea. A pattern. Will beryllium looking guardant to Tony Kelley either being smashed by an hostile from 🇧🇷 oregon getting chopped and beingness spiraling retired of power until he's connected the workplace unit successful Angola. #UFCVegas54

— Umar Lee 🇺🇦 (@UmarLeeIII) May 15, 2022

On Sunday, Kelley released a statement connected societal media successful effect to his comments portion cornering Lee, blaming cancel civilization for the outcry.

Cancel Culture is real. What I said was existent and successful the vigor of battle, and successful nary mode had immoderate benignant of racist connotations meant… but if that’s the mode you instrumentality it, idgaf [I don’t springiness a f*ck],” Kelley wrote. “So galore radical speedy to accidental racist.. that sh*t’s getting truthful old. My notation was to a soiled oculus poke.”

Lee’s ex-husband, Donny Aaron, besides a erstwhile manager of the flyweight, came nether occurrence years ago for having aggregate Nazi-themed tatoos, including a swastika. The brace aboriginal divided aft a highly publicized home unit incident, which led to Aaron going connected the run. After 9 months connected the lam, Aaron was finally apprehended successful May of 2019.

Kelley, meanwhile, has a combat with Adrian Yanez coming up — and the UFC’s Brazilian contingent volition nary uncertainty beryllium firmly successful the country of Yanez.

My feline @yanezmma get a decorativeness connected your adjacent combat and I volition nonstop you an other wealth 💰 #UFCVegas54 ✊🏾🇧🇷

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) May 15, 2022