Frank Shamrock blames Dana White for New York’s position on MMA

MMA veteran, Frank Shamrock has blamed UFC President, Dana White for the sport of mixed martial arts still being unregulated in the state of New York, saying like it or not the man from Boston is the face of the sport, the president of the companny and needs to start acting like it.

Shamrock, speaking via, said:

“The face of our sport is Dana White and out here in conservative New York, the way people think, bald-headed, tattoo’d, swearing people are just not a good representative of our brand and unfortunately people think that Dana White speaks for MMA, and they’re confused. They don’t know he speaks for the UFC. I don’t think it’s all on him, but we’re entering a new era of social media and Dana is a very outspoken figure in every way, mostly with the f-bomb and all that. I’m a martial artist. To me, the art is the most important thing. I don’t get the same thing from Dana, that’s all. I don’t believe that Dana White is a martial artist. I don’t see a martial way that he is following.”

“I probably wouldn’t have had the rough life I had, I probably wouldn’t have went to jail, I probably wouldn’t have done all those things. Because I didn’t have a way, a life, I grew up very poor, abused. I didn’t know there was a better way. [MMA] is the better way. That’s why I’m so passionate about it. That’s why we got to do something for the arts.”

“In no uncertain terms, what [New York politicians] have said is, ‘The appearance of the sport is something we’re not ready for,’ and the appearance of the sport is Dana White and the UFC because no one else has been here in the media and explain it and has credibility, who’s done it. I know what the art is and I’m here to represent it. I think that’s all we need. We need a different face.”

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