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Report: UFC to be featured on ESPN’s E:60 show in May

By Zach Arnold | April 14, 2009

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This according to Dave Meltzer, who says that ESPN camera crews will be in Montreal this weekend at UFC 97 to tape an interview with Dana White. The show will focus on his Youtube rant against Loretta Hunt and they will ask the question that a few of us did after the incident took place: What would happen if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell displayed the same public behavior?

The UFC edition of E:60 will air on May 12th.

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16 Responses to “Report: UFC to be featured on ESPN’s E:60 show in May”

  1. Andreas says:

    Great. Instead of asking him about the UFC’s ongoing effort to separate fighters from their management and pressuring them into signing unfair contracts they do a pointless piece on how real Dana keeps it. Loretta Hunt said his rant would only distract people from the subject of her article and it did.

  2. Fluyid says:

    Whether she’s offended or not, you can bet the ESPN guys will be able to edit footage of Loretta talking about all of this and make it look like she’s very upset about it all.

    Should be fun to watch.

  3. David M says:

    Good point Andreas. The truth is, the % of people who care at all about the unfairness of UFC contracts is slim to none. Most of the people who will be tuning in to E:60 will be watching just to get a behind the scenes look at the UFC and to hear an interview with their outspoken and charismatic front man.

  4. jj says:

    hey andreas,

    are nfl, nba, nhl, mlb, etc, agents and managers allowed in the locker rooms before and after games?

  5. Andreas says:

    jj: I don’t know since I don’t follow those sports. I suspect you do know though, so thanks for taking up space.

  6. Ivan Trembow says:

    It could end up being a puff piece, based on E:60’s shamefully puffy piece on Vince McMahon.

  7. Ivan Trembow says:

    hey jj,

    are nfl, nba, nhl, mlb, etc. players pressured into agreeing to specific match-ups and signing contracts in the locker rooms before and after games?

  8. Fluyid says:

    De La Hoya just retired.

  9. Steve4192 says:

    “It could end up being a puff piece, based on E:60’s shamefully puffy piece on Vince McMahon.”

    … and Kimbo
    … and Gina Carano
    … and everyone else ever featured on that show

    ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for trying to pass of that garbage show as a the sports equivalent of 60 minutes. All they do is toss softballs and let the subject of the interview crush home runs.

    The only time they have remotely close to investigative journalism is when an interviewer went off script and blindsided Brock Lesnar with a steroids question.

  10. Steve4192 says:

    For those of you still talking about ‘credentialgate’, Elias Cepeda over at InsideFighting.com has scored an interview with Zuffa’s VP of Operations to talk about the matter.

    http://www.insidefighting.com/latest-news/managers-at-zuffa-events-vp-of-operations-goes-on-record

  11. 45 Huddle says:

    What is E:60? Is it like Outside the Lines or HBO Real Sports?

  12. Ivan Trembow says:

    Outside the Lines and Real Sports are legitimate newsmagazines. E:60 is not, and tends to take it easy on its subjects.

    Also, it seems that the “no more video blogs” line that Zuffa fed to Dave Meltzer and Carmichael Dave lasted less than two weeks. Furthermore, the tape over Dana White’s mouth at the end seems to indicate that he’s going even further down the same Vince McMahon path of not just “me vs. the media,” but “us vs. the media,” with “us” being “UFC fans.” He’d like to talk to you, the UFC fans, and give you all of the video blog content that you love so much, but the damn media wants to put a muzzle on him!

  13. klown says:

    The vid-blogs had some novelty value but I got sick to death of watching White’s foul-mouthed mug and especially of seeing fighters groveling before the Boss. Who remembers the post-fight locker room ambush of Rampage? I won’t be wasting any more time watching.

  14. klown says:

    Steve, good find, thanks for posting. I’ve only skimmed it but it seems like a legit interview. I’ll be taking the time to read it.

  15. Zack says:

    InsideFighting.com is notable for having the worst rankings of any website. Speaking of E60 softballs, why do you think Zuffa chose that site for that interview?

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