January 9, 2017


MMA Exec Invites Meryl Streep to a Fight After Golden Globes Speech

Meryl Streep's Golden Globes acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Award was one of the best highlights of the night (see the full winners list here), but a certain line didn't sit well with MMA fighters and fans. “Hollywood is a bunch of people from other places, crawling with outsiders and foreigners," the actress said in reference to Donald Trump's language about exiling immigrants.

She continued, "So if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” That caught the attention of Bellator MMA president Scott Coker, who extended an invitation to Streep to actually watch a fight for herself.

“Meryl, I’m a lifelong fan of your work but also a lifelong martial artist who happens to promote mixed martial arts around the world," Coker began before comparing his version of art to Streep's:

"The global sport of mixed martial arts celebrates male and female athletes from all around the world who work years tirelessly honing their craft and—yes—art. They come from every country and every walk of life. We at Bellator support them and honor their skill. Please be my guest at the LA Forum on January 21st and you will see that Mixed Martial Arts is truly artistic—which will feature fighters from all over the world competing at a world class level.”

Streep has yet to accept the invitation, but it would be fun to see her process an MMA match while sitting in the front row.