Dana White Accuses MMA Sites Of Taking Bribes For Ranking Fighters


UFC President Dana White is once again throwing a hissy fit over Fedor Emelianenko,

“He’s not even the best heavyweight in the world. To put him on the pound-for-pound list. I think some of these guys don’t even know what pound-for-pound means. It’s just so disrespectful to all the other fighters it’s crazy.”

“Most of these goofy MMA sites, what you have to understand is, these guys are in it for the money. They get paid from all the smaller promotions. They get paid a lot of money from the smaller promotions. So they feel like they have to put some of their guys. That’s the way it works. It’s sick and drives me crazy.”

“It’s not a real pound-for-pound list. Either they don’t know pound-for-pound is or the obvious is they’re being paid.”
[Bill Simmons’ podcast]

Why does Dana stoop so low, when we all know he has a hard-on for Fedor and would sign him if he could. Stick to the facts Dana and keep putting on great shows.

SI’s Josh Gross,

Hey @DanaWhite, which MMA media are taking payoffs for rankings? I’d really love to know. Sincerely. They should be shunned. Proof, please.


  1. CobraClutch

    June 2, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Great picture to accompany this story, Cage. Hahaha. Tiki on Dana's nuts….literally.

    This is a wacky conspiracy theory. It's going to be really embarrassing for Dana when Fedor finally comes to the UFC. If he ate his words for talking smack about Kimbo, imagine the crow he's going to have to eat for talking smack against a bonafide hall of fame fighter. It's just silly.

  2. corey

    June 2, 2010 at 3:10 am

    i don't get how he's mad that fedor is on the P4P list and says these sites are paid by smaller organizations. is there some reason small mma promotions would pay sites to put fedor on the list, or any of the other top guys. doesn't make sense to me.

  3. jbug

    June 2, 2010 at 5:45 am

    i think the picture is kinda weird, and it seems like Dana is enjoying it. i agree with cobra on this one.

    just because Fedor hasnt fought in the ufc doesnt mean he is not the baddest dude on the planet. I think he would tear through the ufc heavyweights no matter how big they are.

    Fedor is the p4p king in my book.

  4. Rubs

    June 2, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Whatta guy. Dana White must be fuckin high to NOT consider Fedor in top 5 p4p. I mean even when i'm fuckin high I know that Fedor should be top 5; top 10 AT LEAST. I doubt Fedor should be number one right now considering the performances of GSP, Silva(yuck) and Jose Aldo right now. But there is no doubt that Dana White is one retarded prick.

  5. Oswald Gobblecock

    June 2, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Of course Dana wants to get Fedor in cause the fans all wat him in the UFC fighting the better guys. Problem is Fedor doesn't want to. As time goes by Fedor's #1 ranking will drop once a claer cut HW in the UFC is determined, like is Lesnar or Carwin wins but then beats JDS, Cain etc… Fedor beating Werdum won't cut the #1 spot. This has been said on shos like Inside MMA and MMA weekly.

  6. Timmie

    June 2, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Why would Dana give a flying fuck?

    He must promote his leauge, and shun the others. So everything he said makes perfect sense from his perch. He's a smart man and that's why the UFC is incredibly successful, giving props to fighters in other leauges would only hurt him.

  7. Ryan S

    June 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

    So who would he put in the top ten pound for pound?

  8. Muay Thai

    June 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

    The fact that Fedor is number one shows you that the ranking systems are complete bullshit. The guy fights about once a year if that and hasn't fought a top 5 guy since 2005 but still remains number one. The rankings don't mean shit. Fedor isn't number one in my book by a long shot. I know everyones gonna say yea but he has 30 some wins. Who care….he was awesome in pride and hasn't tested himself since 2005 against elite fighters. I mean his next fight after a half year or so is Werdum. Can't even schedule a fight with Overeem because his promotion wouldn't agree to it. Pathetic!!!

  9. PoppyNick

    June 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Timmie….slow down on Dana bro. Dude is a business man but not a very professional one. Is it really necessary for him to make comments about rankings on small MMA sites. Dana does nothing but hurt himself with his big mouth. Dude is a fucking cry baby and the UFC is not just succussful because of him alone. I agree Fedor is no longer number one in my book but he is still top 5 or 10 until someone beats him. I'm a fan of MMA not the UFC brand…I just want to watch good fights and don't care who the company is.

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