- MMA fighter Sean Brady says fans have sent him and his wife abusive messages via social media.
- One person reportedly said they would kill Brady and “bury him in the desert”.
- “I would love to slap them,” the UFC star said.
MMA star Sean Brady said on Monday’s The MMA Hour on MMA Fighting that a fan threatened to ‘kill’ him and ‘bury him in the desert’ if he won his match against Belal Muhammad at UFC 280.
Brady said the threats were made against his wife, Kristen Green, via direct messages on social media.
“Someone texted him and said if I won the fight against Belal they would kill me and bury me in the desert,” Brady told The MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani. “It was pretty bad.”
Brady fought Muhammad on October 22, suffering a knockout loss by strikes in the second round of a UFC marquee show at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Brady said during the interview that his wife was even receiving messages during the event.
“These fans, they’re scumbags,” Brady said
“These fans are scumbags,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, there are big fans and then there are these people with fake profiles who write to you afterwards.
“I read this message that said, ‘You’re a piece of shit,'” Brady said. “They just tell you the craziest things.”
Brady said he doesn’t let abuse on social media get to him, but he finds it abhorrent when people send similar messages to his wife.
“She’s a registered nurse – all she does is look after people, and people threaten her, call her that.
“Send me a message,” Brady said. “Don’t text my wife, especially if you’re a man. Be a man. Tell me, don’t tell my fucking wife, because my wife could probably beat you up.”
‘I would smack the shit out’ of trolls, Brady said
He went on to say that people who send abusive messages on social media would never say the same thing to his face.
“That’s the problem,” he said. “These people can hide behind those screens and say those things. I lost a fight, but my life isn’t over. I’m still living my dream every day. These people hate their lives, and that’s why they do what they do.
“I almost feel bad for them, but I’d like to slap them at the same time.”