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The Oscars: MMA fighters and fans respond to Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock

It was the slap heard all around the entertainment and combat sports world delivered by Will Smith to Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards.

Will Smith apparently took offence to a joke made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and proceeded to calmly walk up to him and slap him across the face. Smith then sat down and yelled from his seat: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth.”

Rock tried to explain after acknowledging to the crowd that “Will Smith just slapped the sh*t out of me,” that it was a GI Jane joke.

Rock previously joked about Pinkett Smith at the 2016 Oscars with Smith responding then with the same comment.

“That was the greatest night in the history of television,” Rock said moments later while presenting the best documentary award.

Smith later won his first Oscar, best actor, for playing Serena Venus Williams’ father in King Richard. He then said in sort of apology his acceptance speech. “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people.”

But the combat sports community, perhaps led by UFC president Dana White jumped online to share their thoughts on the shocking moment.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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