Opinion: Vince McMahon vs. Dana White and/or Chael Sonnen
By Jesse Heitz
Every once in awhile, the MMA universe is treated to a news story or event that is seemingly out of this world in terms of sheer and unadulterated ridiculousness. Often times, these events are breaths of fresh air, a valued departure from the routine trash talking, injuries, or fight hype that never seems to materialize.
The event I’m talking about is something that can’t be made up. It was a proposed wrestling match or MMA fight between the two largest promoters in their respective sports. Yes, it was a bout or match between UFC President Dana White and World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon.
While this freak show like event was originally to have taken place at 2010’s WrestleMania 27, the story has just come to the surface now. In a series of recent interviews with Canada’s RDS and Fuel TV, Dana White spoke on the topic, stating,
“Vince is too old, which he won’t think he is and he’ll go crazy. He wanted to do that one time. Vince wanted to fight me. Swear to God, he called me up and said, `Let’s do it. We can either do it in the UFC or let’s do it at WrestleMania.’ And I said, `You are crazy. I always said I respect Vince and I’ll say it again. I respect Vince very much, but Vince is too old to be fighting.”
Dana White later clarified his comments regarding the age dilemma with a later interview, in which he stated,
“I laughed and said, ‘you’re crazy, you’re out of your mind’. In the interview, I said Vince was too old. We’re both too old. I’m too old, too, just for the record.”
While I haven’t heard any comment from Vince McMahon, such a ratings-grabbing angle seems right up his alley. I suppose that’s neither here nor there. The event we’re talking about took place over three years ago, and it should be taken for what it was, a bizarre and off-the-cuff challenge that could have served to net both players considerable sums of money, while also jeopardizing MMA’s legitimacy. It was a non-starter from the beginning.
Regardless, of the more serious implications and analysis, it was certainly a backroom dealing worthy of a hearty laugh. With all of this known, there was one non-invited participant that felt it necessary to inject himself into the situation. Naturally, we’re talking about Chael Sonnen, who via Twitter, made the following statements,
“There’s easier ways to commit suicide, Vincie-boy. Aren’t you about 45 minutes from the George Washington Bridge?”
“Reason your guys work in a ring and not an octagon is because nobody on your roster can count to 8, you DOPE”
“Just because your teeth are fake that don’t mean they can’t get PUNCHED OUT, y’big mark!”
“Itd be entertaining to see Dana sweep him under the rug. He could use the one on top of Vince’s head.”
“You’d be so punch drunk against Dana even your straight edge Champion @cmpunk will feel tipsy.”
“Ill help you out and tag along because you can’t spell box office without S-O-N-N-E-N. how bout it? Vince w/ Punk vs Dana w/ Chael P?”
I generally find Sonnen’s antics to be rather entertaining, but let’s face it, this wasn’t his best material, particularly given that the situation was destined only to be an object of comedic relief. As such, all we can do is thank Sonnen for ruining one of MMA’s most unusual moments in recent memory by unsuccessfully trying to ride the punch line for far too long.