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GOP senator challenges union leader to MMA cage fight

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.). (Kristie Boyd/U.S. House Office of Photography/TNS)
June 27, 2023

Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) challenged Sean O’Brien, Teamsters union boss, to a cage fight Monday after O’Brien suggested Mullin “find” him “anyplace, anytime.”

Mullin’s cage fight challenge came following O’Brien’s recent criticism of Mullin on social media.

“Greedy CEO who pretends like he’s self made. In reality, just a clown & fraud,” O’Brien tweeted. “Always has been, always will be. Quit the tough guy act in these senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy.”

In response to O’Brien’s tweet, Mullin told Fox News Digital that he accepted the challenge to find O’Brien “anyplace, anytime.”

“An attention-seeking union Teamster boss is trying to be punchy after our Senate hearing,” Mullin said. “Okay, I accept your challenge.”

Mullin challenged O’Brien to a MMA fight on Sept. 30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Republican senator, who is reportedly a former MMA fighter, said the proceeds for the event can be donated to O’Brien’s preferred charity, adding that he will give O’Brien “3 days to accept” the challenge.

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“Too often, these big bully union bosses try to intimidate individuals and never get called out on it,” Mullin said. “I refuse to tolerate loudmouth bullies like O’Brien who got suspended over threats to his own union members, thinks unions ought to be ‘militant organizations’ and vilifies right-to-work states like Oklahoma – all while calling for fights on social media.”

According to Fox News, both Mullin and O’Brien have exchanged fire on social media regarding a sharp exchange during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in March. During the hearing, the two argued over the contrast between O’Brien’s salary as union president and the salary of his union members.

“What job have you created – one job – other than sucking the paycheck out of somebody else?” Mullin asked O’Brien during the hearing.