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If you happened to be perusing MMA Twitter in the waning moments of the awards last night, you more than likely noticed a sudden influx of hot takes and rage directed at the most unlikely of subjects: legendary actress Meryl Streep.

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award, Streep used her time to go on the offensive against Donald Trump, the need for accountability in the media, and for some reason, professional sports and mixed martial arts.

As you might expect, MMA Twitter did not take kindly to this unnecessary (albeit light) jab, and while Bellator president Scott Coker took the opportunity to invite Streep to attend one of Bellator's events, UFC president Dana White has opted to go...another route.

Speaking with TMZ this morning, White lashed back at the allegations that MMA was not truly an "art", jokingly questioning whether "an uppity, 80-year old lady" would even be in the UFC's demographic before really sinking his claws in.

"If you look at who follows the UFC and is into mixed martial arts, it's everybody," said White.

Of course it's an art. These fighters train their whole lives to become the best in the world. Saying something stupid like that is like saying that she's not a talented actress, which she is.

When asked if Streep's comments could possibly be linked to White's appearance at the Republican National Convention in support of president-elect Trump, White was unsure, but felt comfortable that new UFC owner Ari Emanuel was "definitely Hollywood" enough to give the UFC some credibility among the industry elite.

In any case, we know one old lady who could give Streep a firm talking to.


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