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Thursday, Oct 18, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Dana White’s Grudges Still at the Center of the MMA Universe

UFC President Dana White

By Joshua Molina

Everything revolves around Dana White.

Nick Diaz should get a title shot against the winner of the George St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit fight.

The idea that he needs to work his way back to the top is a ridiculous position to take, even for Dana White.

Except for a controversial decision loss to Condit, Diaz has been virtually unstoppable the last several years. He is one of the best, most exciting fighters in the world. Diaz’s suspension itself was controversial. Diaz uses medicinal marijuana for his hyperactive attention deficit disorder, which is legal in California.

The real problem for Diaz is that Dana White holds grudges. It’s bad enough that Diaz was a “Stikeforce guy” who moved over to the UFC after several big wins. That’s Strike One
Then Diaz no-shows two press conferences building up to his fight with George St. Pierre. That’s Strike Two. (Seriously, what kind of promoter kills a million-dollar  main event because he’s mad at a fighter?)

Diaz is his own worst enemy, but it is White’s grudge against Diaz, not the fighter’s abilities, that keeps him out of immediate title contention.

Is there any doubt that we will see Fedor Emelianenko in the cage again? His Facebook page recently asked the question of whether he should return.

Fedor is a fighter, and fighters usually fight until promoters decide not to book them in fights anymore. Let’s hope his management company doesn’t sign him with the UFC. The UFC doesn’t deserve Fedor after White’s years of trashing the legend.

But maybe Bellator or the World Series of Fighting would be a good home for the iconic heavyweight. Fedor went a decade undefeated, and was widely regarded at the time as the best fighter in the world.

But White has trashed the fighter simply because the UFC and M1 Global were never able to reach a deal on a Fedor contract.

Even the drama over the recent Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones fight stems from one of White’s grudges. White has agreed to no longer trash Jones in public, but White gift of a title shot to Sonnen stems from his dislike of Jones for refusing to fight Sonnen on eight days’ notice.

Now Jones must fight him and endure six months of Sonnen verbal blasts.

Everything revolves around Dana White. And that’s not a good thing.

posted by JoshuaM @ 11:20 pm
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