By Zach Arnold | September 24, 2012
“The biggest, you know, Achilles heel we have right now are injuries. (If) we don’t have these injuries, man, the fights that we’re making kill it and we have, you know, events are off the charts but when you… when an event falls off and you have to scramble and fix another one you get… the main and the co-main fall off… the fact that we’re still even having a show, the fact that the greatest fighter of all time (Anderson Silva in Rio) steps up and takes the main event spot, you know? It’s… it’s just… it’s the thing that makes me continue to love this sport.
“Even The Ultimate Fighter, uh, the The Ultimate Fighter and everybody’s negative about it. Dude, FX… FX has one of the biggest rosters of programming, you know? You know who keeps leaking all this stuff and all the negativity is Spuke TV, OK? These guys don’t have a
fucking program on that [channel] to save their life.
(I guess he hasn’t watched Bar Rescue. I think he and Jon Taffer would get along well swimmingly.)
“The worst channel in the history of the world, OK, nothing they do on that channel works… whereas FX has such a powerful network, they want us on Fridays… TUF was the #1 in its time period for men 18-to-34, passing all cable and broadcast channels. That’s a home run for FX! Is it a home run for us because we’re not doing, you know, the number that I wish we could do if we were on Tuesday or Wednesday? No. But it’s an absolute home run for FX.
On releasing fighters and if UFC uses the same ‘matching’ offer tactics as Bellator
“Yeah, listen, I don’t talk much about Bellator but what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, it’s grimy, and it’s just despicable. Of course, I have the right to match. But once I cut a guy and let him go and somebody else tries to sign him, I don’t come back and say, ‘Oh, you’re breaking the contract, I have matching…’ You know what I mean? When you made the decision to cut [Roger Hollett], you cut him. That’s one of the scummiest, dirtiest things you can do in the fight business.
“The problem is the dirty scumbag moves that these guys are pulling hurts the fighter, you know? It’s just, it’s one of the dirtiest, low-down, despicable things you can do in the fight business.
“I guess that’s the way those guys do business. We don’t do business like that, you know? I have no beef with those guys, they’re doing their own thing, I could care less. But that’s dirty. That’s dirty and it’s, uh… it’s borderline criminal.”
Thoughts about boxing & Bob Arum running on same 12/8 date as UFC in Seattle
“I love the sport of boxing and I watched, I bought the Chavez fight. Umm… so, yeah, I mean, I’m happy for them. Listen, whenever boxing does good things and they pull killer PPV, I’m always watching to see what they do on PPV and I’m not, ‘Those
fuckers! Ah, they did this much!’ I’m happy for them. I want to see combat sports do better. I want to see boxing pull bigger numbers. I’m not Bob Arum, that crusty dick. You know what I mean? I’m not out there smashing everything that we do and saying negative stuff about boxing. Boxing’s fucking great, it’s an incredible sport. I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if it wasn’t for the sport of boxing, you know? I’m not going to play Bob Arum’s little pussy game. Fuck him.”
“That’s what they do, they went head-to-head the same night on TV. They’re crazy. Remember when Don King, Bob Arum used to go PPV the same night? I know! I know, I get it. They took the same night we’re on. Bob’s a
dick. The guy is a dick. Seriously. He’s just a… he’s a fucking, you know, it’s like the guy can’t, uh… for some reason he hates the fact that this sport is doing well. Other guys are able to make money. Other athletes are able to perform and fucking do great things. For some reason, that bothers that old bastard. You know what I mean? Fuck him.”
Wonder how he’s feeling after the Strikeforce 9/29 Arco Arena show in Sacramento with Gilbert Melendez got canceled?