Dana White “McMahon” At It Again

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Dana Whites at it again, crying about MMA sites and forums.

Whites recent statements suggest that he thinks MMA sites are to blame for Randy Couture’s departure from the UFC.

If you ask me, Dana White needs to stop playing Vince McMahon and spend more time negotiating fighter contracts.

White blamed what’s becoming his personal whipping boy — MMA web sites and forums — for spreading phony rumors about fighter pay. Couture, who is in South Africa filming a movie and couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday, released a statement in which he said he was retiring because the UFC didn’t sign Fedor Emelianenko and no other fight mattered to him.

He also said he was upset with UFC management for what he believed was low pay. He made that point in a breakfast meeting last month with White and UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

“He felt he was not getting paid as much as Mirko Cro Cop, as much as this guy and as much as that guy,” White said. “We told him he was our second-highest paid fighter, but he didn’t believe us. Chuck’s the only guy who makes more, but he kept hearing all these rumors and he wouldn’t believe us.”

White then launched into a tirade against what he called “the rumor mongerers on the Internet,” whom he said are, “the lowest of the low.”

He said fighters read those sites and believe them to be true, causing friction at the negotiating table.

“This business is like a beauty salon,” he said. “These guys are all the toughest guys in the world, but they’re like (expletives) in a beauty salon. They pass along rumors and gossip, which has no basis in reality and they believe all the (rumors) they hear. The Internet is very powerful and one of the best promotional tools we have, but it’s a crazy place.

If Dana White is so worried bout the rumors of fighter pay, maybe he should just come out with the actual numbers. If he makes fighter pay more transparent, sites won’t have to quote the athletic commission numbers.


  1. crynot

    October 12, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Dana drives me nuts. I will say that he obviously has that lawyer business mindset and it works. I can't stand how he cusses constantly – makes him sound like an idiot.

    He needs to realize that he's not God and there are other players out there and he better pay his guys what they're worth. Couture is a huge blow for the UFC. Can you imagine how much the Fedor/Couture fight would have brought in??? OH MAN that would have been solid gold. Guess it can still happen.

  2. Morey

    October 12, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing in the last TUF episode, this guy cusses so much he sounds like an ass. I like what Dana has done for the sport, I really do, but somewhere along the line he decided he made MMA, he is MMA. And fighters, fans, dont like that cocky shit.

  3. Strunky

    October 12, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Yeah, you guys are right. Dana needs to realize that just doing what PR people tell you might win a fan base in your demographic target is not enough. Peaple can tell when there's no authenticity to the sensitive, self – sacrificing act.

  4. steve

    October 15, 2007 at 1:26 am

    the UFC will always be the biggest mma organization because of the advertising and such. Even pride couldnt compete and they had great fighters. As much as they screw fighters over with their salaries it will keep happening unless guys like couture holdout.

  5. Don

    October 15, 2007 at 2:26 am

    The only reason Pride had half the attention it did was because there was no drug policy or athletic commission to sanction the fights, meaning basically pop all the roids you want and we will still let you fight. Some fighters that came from Pride are really good and probably never used anything, but there seems to be quite a few getting caught now that transferred over from Pride….Of course UFC will always be the biggest in MMA they are basically the founders of the sport (not the current owners or Dana) but they are really taking UFC in a shitty direction here in 2007. Still no consistent scoring method for judges, guys losing fights because of it (Matt Hamill) now theres fighters leaving because of management and world class fighters not being signed because of Management…..it all comes down to money, but truth be told all these guys are investments and pay back more then what they are paid, I will be surprised if we ever get accurate UFC earnings from Dana or the owners….they are really doing a number on the sports and are making their hands even more full.

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