Dana White gives Sherdog media credentials while Loretta Hunt & Josh Gross continue to live in his head rent-free
By Zach Arnold | December 26, 2012
Ariel Helwani talks with Dana White about this weekend’s PPV from Las Vegas (MMAFighting.com)
I wasn’t sure what to expect in this 25 minute interview. There’s really not a lot of talk about the upcoming PPV this weekend. It just doesn’t have the buzz like the St. Pierre/Condit fight had last month.
Dana claimed that he didn’t know the severity of Cain’s ACL injury before the first fight with JDS, but indicated that fighters can fight with a blown-out ACL.
When Testosterone Todd Duffee was mentioned, Dana White went into “we treat fighters better than any other promotion ever has” mode. He addressed boxing promoters like Golden Boy “copying” the UFC.
“We pay guys money that we don’t owe them. We’re doing something right over here. … They’re all starting to copy us now.”
Dana stated that big fights will remain on PPV and that the PPV revenue avenue will live on. Regarding all the injuries in the top fights that hurt PPV buys this year…
“Was it a horrendous year? No. It was still a good year for us, but it could have been a lot better. … I think we delivered great events all year except for Calgary. … The fight(s) might not stay together but you know we’re going to put together great fights and put on a great show.”
Regarding the future of the UFC/Fox 7-year TV contract: “We couldn’t work together better. … They’re young, smart, aggressive guys.”
When asked about the death of Strikeforce, Dana seemed very relieved about the mess ending. He refused to elaborate on why the relationship with Showtime fell apart, other than to say that “it wasn’t meant to be.”
“I have a lot of respect for all the [fighters] over there who have put up with all the
bullshit that’s gone on over the last year.
“A lot of guys were hurt by this deal.”
When asked about Showtime sticking around in MMA in the future… “Who knows? Who gives a
shit? Who cares?”
The greatest part of the interview, however, comes at the 14:30 time mark when Ariel Helwani asks Dana White about the MMA media and what he thinks about the quality of the reporting. Dana announced that he’s giving Sherdog their media credentials. No more Loretta Hunt or Josh Gross? No problem, according to Dana.
Words cannot describe Dana’s tone of voice and emotion when he started ranting about how ‘dirty’ Loretta Hunt & Josh Gross are as writers. It’s clear that those two live in the guy’s head rent-free. He’s still obsessed with Loretta about the fact that he got in trouble over using nasty language in that Youtube rant of his. You can read the transcript text of it right here.
“I think she’s a horrible reporter.”
The charm offensive didn’t stop there.
“I just think that they’re bad people. … Those two I’ll never forgive or forget.”