Dana White dealing with clowns; Strikeforce/Fedor: “Cash for Rankings”

UFC President, Dana White has once again given his “explicit” thoughts on the current ranking systems portrayed by many MMA sites and the idea of putting UFC and Strikeforce even in the same sentence.

White, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“Let me tell you what; I’ve been in this business for a long time. Nobody, and I mean fucking nobody, knows more about this business than I do. Everything that’s happened throughout the years, all the shit that I’ve gone through, my biggest beef with a lot of these MMA websites is that these guys are for-profit websites. They’re not fucking news sites. They’re for-profit websites.”

“Scott Ferrall isn’t making rankings. It’s different if you get guys to come out and cover some events. Believe me, in building this business, we had to do some things. But as far as being on the up-and-up? You will never hear a story about me trying to do something with a referee or a judge or trying to pay somebody to rank our fighters. We don’t even rank our own fighters. Do you see any ranking system on our website?”

“It’s a total conflict of interest, and in my opinion, it’s pretty easy to figure out who’s next in line for title shots and things like that and, at the end of the day, we’re in the business of making fights that people want to see. For instance, right now, I am getting terrorized – and I’m shocked that people keep doing it – to put on Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre. It starts to get to the point where I’m like, ‘I guess if everybody wants to see this fight, maybe we make this fight. We do it as a superfight.’ I don’t know. These guys still have a few fights to go before that could happen. But we don’t make our own rankings. It wouldn’t be right.”

“I’m going to tell you what the big problem is. People ask me ‘What do you think about Strikeforce doing this?’ How the fuck can you talk to me about Strikeforce? How can you put Strikeforce in the same fucking sentence as the UFC – seriously – with a straight face? How can you do it? The MMA guys, you guys feel like you have to be fair. No you don’t. It would be like boxing covering some fucking event that’s happening in Ohio (rather than a big fight in Las Vegas).”

“[Strikeforce has] sold 4,000 tickets to the (June 26) Fedor fight. That fight is in a couple of weeks. Nobody gives a fuck, and nobody is going to give a fuck about Fedor until he gets in here and fights the best fighters in the world. And believe me when I tell you I tried to make it happen. You don’t even know the crazy fucking places that I’ve flown and the shit that I’ve done to try and get this fight done. It got to the point where it became an obsession. I wasn’t sleeping.”

“I’ve signed Brock Lesnar, who came from the WWE, James Toney from boxing – he’s a nut chasing me all over the place – Tito Ortiz, whom I hated, and he hated me. I signed him twice when we hated each other. I’ve kept Chuck Liddell, kept Matt Hughes, kept Rich Franklin, when they were all champions. Anderson Silva, I’ve dealt with all the crazy shit with him. But I can’t sign Fedor? How is this possible that I can’t sign this guy? It’s not possible. These guys don’t want to fight the best in the world.”

“Guys who deserve to be called the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world are the guys who are fighting the best in the world three times a year. So when you talk about the rankings and all this shit, you’re going to put Strikeforce in the same fucking sentence as the UFC? We’re global. We’re all over the world. These guys can’t sell tickets in their own hometown. They’re dying. They just had a heavyweight championship fight with a guy who got knocked the fuck out in his previous fight. You know what I’m saying? It’s insane. When people wonder why I say these people are being paid for rankings, and this is all a crock of shit, do you really have to ask me that question? Seriously, look at it for what it is.”

“Everybody thinks it’s me being anti-competition. There is no competition. We’re the NFL. You don’t see people looking at the NFL and going, ‘Yeah, but he’s not the best player in the world because there’s a guy playing for the Canadian Football League or the Arena League over here.’ We’re the NFL. There is no other guy. Strikeforce, we need Strikeforce to exist. I don’t want Strikeforce to go away. I need these guys. I need them and all the other guys. I wish the other idiots didn’t blow their brains out like they did.”

“Everybody wants to come in and try to compete with us. We’ve been around for almost 20 years. I’ve been doing this for 10 years, and we’re the ones building the fucking industry. We have built this industry over the last nine years. Everybody else is following. You think Strikeforce knows the next move? Is Strikeforce doing anything to get New York and Ontario done? fuck, no. We are, and we’re going to get it done. They’re just riding along.”

“All these other guys blew their brains out and spent millions and millions of dollars that if done the right way, they could have made money and built the business. But no, we’re going to go out and compete with the UFC. You know how fucking dumb that is? It’s like us sitting at my house on a Sunday going, ‘Look at this NASCAR. Oh, my God. Look at all the people there. Look at how much money they’re making. You know what? We should steal a couple of their drivers, and we’ll start our own league.’ Does that sound fucking dumb to you? That’s how fucking dumb it is to think you’re going to come out and compete with us now.”

Where are these guys going?” White asked. “What are they doing? They’re not going anywhere. They’re not doing anything. You know what we’re doing? (UFC co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta) was just on the road for fucking 12 days. He was in China. Then he was in India. We’re doing deals. We’re going to do these shows. We’re going to open up all these different countries, and people are fucking seriously asking me about Strikeforce?”

“There was a time when it was neck-and-neck. That time is over. There were times when we were in dogfights, but everybody needs to just concede and realize we’re the fucking NFL. Period. End of story.”

About William Smith

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