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Friday, Sep 14, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Another Day, Another Day of Dana White Dominating the Sport

UFC President Dana White

By Joshua Molina
UFC boss Dana White spun a funny zinger on The Jim Rome Show in response to Jon Jones’ recent comments that he “felt like a piece of meat” during the UFC 151 cancellation controversy.

White snapped “I wonder how that piece of meat was feeling when we bought him that Bentley.”

Two big egos barking at each other over who they think is the bigger jerk.

We know what Frank Shamrock thinks. Shamrock, the outspoken, brash, lesser-known, but more successful adopted younger brother of UFC icon Ken Shamrock, once again blasted white, accusing the UFC revolutionary of “bringing down MMA.”

On bjpenn.com radio, Shamrock blasted White, accusing him of putting himself before the fighters and the sport, and for verbally thumping Jones for his decision not to fight Chael Sonnen instead of the injured Dan Henderson at UFC 151.

“The guy who has made himself the star of MMA is the biggest douche bag and loudmouth on the planet and he’s bringing the entire industry down,” Shamrock said.

Shamrock was the UFC’s first light heavyweight champion, but he left the promotion before it got super-big in 2005. Shamrock won the Strikeforce middleweight title and made some good money fighting the likes of Cung Le and Nick Diaz, before retiring and now enjoying a second career as an analyst for Showtime MMA events.

As Shamrock knows, it’s hard to argue with White about the state of the sport because his comeback to every criticism is always something like, “we built this (expletive) sport. We know what we are doing.”

White is either the most confident man in the world or the biggest BS-er, as seen in this interview with the WSJ from May of this year.

By the way, young MMA multimedia journalists, don’t act like interviewer if you ever get to interview White.

The interviewer doesn’t even remotely challenge White or Fertitta in any way, and looks more like a 12-year-old girl interviewing Justin Bieber than a sports journalist. At one point, the interviewer calls White, “brother.”
White had the audacity to say that “globally, we’re bigger than the NFL.” It’s tough to argue logically with someone who says those kinds of things.

White in the interview also says that there’s never been a death in the Octagon, in the UFC’s near 20-year history.

It’s funny to see White reference the 20-year history of the NFL when it benefits him, but disregard it when it doesn’t benefit him.

For example, one of White’s big excuses for not wanting to induct Frank Shamrock into the UFC Hall of Fame is because Shamrock “never did anything for the current UFC,” since it became popular.

Zuffa purchased the UFC in 2001. Shamrock competed in the UFC from 1993 to 1998, including a big submission victory over Tito Ortiz. It’s OK for White to claim the history back to 1993 when it makes him look good, but he apparently thinks it’s OK to ignore it when it doesn’t.

posted by JoshuaM @ 3:00 pm
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