Brazil began the World Cup with a victory on Thursday, as it defeated Serbia, according to The Daily Mail. UFC superstar Paulo Costa, despite the win, doubted the team’s ability to be crowned champions because of their feminist sentiments.
Costa tweeted that the Brazilian soccer team was respectable in the early 2000s. However, he also said, “Now they all are feminists.” He continued to say that the soccer players “apologize for being straight [and] white.”
Costa continued to blame the team’s failure to win a world cup on its effeminacy. He wrote, “they cannot win world cup[,] sorry.” The superstar ended by demanding that Brazil “Bring [the] old times back.”
The UFC fighter has been established as a cultural figure of Brazil’s right wing. In 2018 he posted a picture of himself and then-candidate, Bolsonaro in the hospital during the latter’s recovery from an assassination attempt to Instagram.
Costa said, “It was God who raised this man to change our country and when God chooses someone no one can change it!” according to the MMA blog Bloodyelbow. He continued, “The captain is back and now stronger than ever!” Costa concluded with, “Let’s change Brazil.”
He is not alone in his sport. The UFC is full of long-time Bolsonaro supporters. Darren Till, after defeating Dan Hardy in 2017, said, “Lula in jail and Bolsonaro 2018.” He elaborated, “90% of Brazilians support him, and I do, too.”
In addition, the Brazilian MMA legend of Wanderlei Silva openly supports Bolsonaro. He said, “Bolsonaro is the one who defends more severe penalties against rape! Left lives in the world of lies! But do not fool us any more! For you, it’s over.”
Other Brazilian UFC legends, such as Anderson Silva and Fabio Maldonado, have openly expressed support for Bolsonaro.
A moderate defense of the soccer team may be in order, as The Daily Mail reported that at least one team member is a high-profile Bolsonaro supporter.