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Social media users condemn ‘disrespectful’ booing of Queen Elizabeth II tribute at UFC

Social media users condemn ‘disrespectful’ booing of Queen Elizabeth II tribute at UFC

Chants of "USA" were also heard from sections of the crowd.

Twitter users have voiced their anger after video footage emerged of crowds booing during a tribute to the late Queen at a UFC event in Las Vegas.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, passed away peacefully at the age of 96 at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday afternoon.

As a mark of respect, many sporting organisations, including the Premier League and EFL, opted to postpone all the weekend’s fixtures as well as any games scheduled to be played on Monday.

Fixtures due to be fulfilled next weekend, on the 17th and 18th of September, may also be in doubt after it was confirmed that the Queen’s funeral will take place on Monday the 19th September.

Numerous tributes to the late Queen have been made at many sporting and other entrainment events taking place across the world.

One tribute, however, at UFC 279 held at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas on Saturday was met with booing and chants of “USA” from sections of the crowd gathered in the 18,000-capacity venue.

Adam Hill, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal, tweeted: “UFC PPV starts off with a moment of silence in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth, which is met with boos and then a USA chant.”

Since the footage emerged, many social media users have taken to Twitter to express their frustration at the crowd’s hostile reaction.

One user simply wrote: “Classless.”

Another added: “Have some respect.”

While a third posted: “Every 1 respect and show remorse to those who lost their lives in 9/11 but then we get booed 4 losin’ our queen. They should be ashamed of themselves, so disrespectful.”

In the octagon, Nate Diaz was victorious in the last fight of his UFC contract after tapping out Tony Ferguson in the fourth round.

Diaz was due to take on Khamzat Chinaev but the Swedish fighter missed his weight by a long way on Friday due to a Doctor's order.

In the post-fight press conference, Diaz hinted he would be moving to another sport and took a swipe at Conor McGregor's attempts to move to Boxing.

He said: "I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these fighters how to take over and own up another sport how you’re supposed to do it because Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it.

"None of these other fighters know how to do it. So I’m going to go out there and I’m going take over another profession and become the best at that. 

"Show everybody I’m the best at that and then I’m going to be right the f*** back here to get a motherf****** UFC title. The best title in the world."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UFC, Premier League, Nate Diaz