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Sunday, Aug 26, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” CBS Says Dana White Lacks Class; Chael Sonnen’s Jon Jones ‘Chicken’ Special

UFC President Dana White

By Joshua Molina

Sometimes you can be your worst enemy. That was the case this week with UFC boss Dana White.

At a time when he should have been protecting the business that he claims to have created, he was actually destroying it.

In recent years the UFC has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in pay per view buys and live gates, but it’s never a good thing when network sports writers are saying that you have no class.

CBS Sports.com National Columnist Gregg Doyel wrote this after Thursday’s debacle involving UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and his trainer Greg Jackson:

“Jones and Jackson don’t deserve crucifixion. They deserve what everyone in the UFC deserves on a hard day like Thursday: They deserve a company president with class. But they got Dana White.”

As everyone knows now, Dan Henderson injured his knee and pulled out of his fight with Jones. Chael Sonnen agreed to fight Jones on eight days notice. Jones refused to fight Sonnen.  White canceled UFC 151 scheduled for Sept. 1 – and blamed the cancelation on Jones for refusing to fight Sonnen.

King Mo Muhammad Lawal and Rampage Jackson appear in a video seemingly putting their differences behind them.  Not too long ago, Jackson called King Mo “Queen Ho” because he wore nipple rings. King Mo felt that the Jackson ignored him when he met him at a King of the Cage event.

The most interesting part of the video, however, is Jackson saying he wants to leave UFC and MMA to go box or kickbox because too many fighters are not fighting, and instead rolling around “humping” each other, creating boring fights.

Jackson trashed Sonnen for his style of fighting, but King Mo defended him, saying that he knows how to promote fights and you are fighting him, he’s going to “put money in your pocket.”

King Mo, by the way, is in full pro wrestling mode.

He’s about to make his pro wrestling debut with TNA on Spike TV, before debuting with Bellator at the beginning of the year, where he hopes to compete as a full-time MMA and pro wrestler. At the end of the interview, he shakes Rampage’s hand and tells him that the two should reform the famous 1990s tag team of “Harlem Heat,” where King Mo would play Booker T and Jackson would be Stevie Ray. Booker T, by the way, was the far more successful, and better-conditioned of the two athletes.

Fortunately for Dana White, the UFC has Chael Sonnen to keep the interest in the company alive.

Sonnen continues his verbal beat down of Jon Jones, this time in the form of a clever pizza special at the pizza restaurant he owns Oregon.

People can buy the “The Jon Jones” pizza special, loaded with chicken and cheese. The pizza comes with a six-pack of beer with special delivery (Jones of course was arrested and convicted of drunken driving earlier this year).

The best line is at the bottom of the advertisement, “Hurry Up! Get this deal now before our chicken runs out and we have to cancel.”

Sonnen is doing everything he can to angle himself into a fight with Jones. Even if it never happens, he keeps his name relevant and he is still the best in the sport and promoting fights.

Contact reporter Joshua Molina at jmolina@fcfighter.com. Or follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JoshuaMolinaMMA

posted by JoshuaM @ 3:00 pm
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