Angela Magana lived through Hurricane Maria even as she approached what would be her final UFC appearance. She stayed in Puerto Rico even after the storm devastated the island.
President Donald Trump’s denial of the hurricane’s death toll struck a particularly personal note for the former UFC women’s strawweight, prompting her to lash out at the commander-in-chief’s conspiracy theory that Democrats inflated the body count for political gain.
Magana (11-10), who returned to active competition this past month in the Japanese promotion Rizin, reposted a video she filmed this past month of the devastation wrought on her neighborhood.
The 35-year-old fighter shows a neighbor’s house that was pulverized by the storm and notes officials’ promises of help never came to fruition. She focuses in on raw sewage flowing to the ocean from the houses.
“This is the real story,” Magana said Wednesday on Twitter, taking specific aim at Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello, who denounced Trump’s claim in a series of interviews today.
This morning, Magana offered stern criticism for the president’s response to the crisis and its aftermath.
“Here we are, a year later, and people are still dying because of the storm and the broken systematic governmental incompetence so perfectly exemplified by Trump himself,” she wrote.
Researchers from George Washington University released a study this past month that linked 2,975 deaths to Hurricane Maria. A study from Harvard upped that number to 4,645 “excess deaths,” or deaths that were preventable had the island not been subject to a humanitarian disaster following the storm. The Puerto Rican government initially claimed 64 people had died as the result of the storm, but later revised the number to reflect George Washington University’s findings.
(The video above is an archived interview with Magana from late November 2017, prior to her fight at UFC 218 in Detroit.)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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