Was this incident a hate crime? Well, sounds like a safe bet with some neanderthals who yell homophobic garbage at someone while bashing in their head 50+ times.
But to blame the UFC for this is just nonsense. This could have been a hip hop or metal concert, a Canucks game, or another event. To say that a hate crime is caused by drunken guys inspired by watching a fight is a stretch to say the least.
Just yesterday I was standing on Robson eating at my favourite shawarma place at about 4:30 in the afternoon, when three guys who were also eating there got up, ran towards a BMW convertible stopped at a light (female driver, male passenger), and beat the shit out of the guy, with a dramatic scene that followed. These Ed Hardy wearing, tattoo gangster wannabes are everywhere in Vancouver these days.
I understand that the couple who were assaulted feel this way, and quite frankly, they have every right. But taking a step back from the situation would give a clearer perspective in terms of culpability.