Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is urging gay fighters to be open about their sexuality.

“I'll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in the UFC, I wish he would come out,” White said Thursday in Las Vegas, USA Today reported. “I could care less if there's a gay fighter I the UFC. There probably is and there's probably more than one.”

White was responding to criticism that the UFC is an anti-gay, anti-women organization.

During a 2008 videotapped interview with Peace Magazine, White jokingly dismissed an off-camera suggestion that his favorite movie was Titanic. “Hey, you're the one with the fucking gay-colored phone. Don't be fucking with me,” he said.

The next year, White used harsh language in an angry video rant against reporter Loretta Hunt: “Whoever gave you that quote is a pussy and a fucking faggot.”

An online petition by the Culinary Workers Union of Las Vegas calls on Fox to drop the UFC because the “UFC is not suitable for prime time on network TV.”

“If you guys look at all the stuff that I've said over the last 10 years – some of it stupid, some of it whatever – that's the one that bothers me,” White said. “That's the one that bothers me – the fact that these losers from the Culinary Union can go out and say that I'm a homophobe and things like that – because it's the furthest thing from the truth.”