Legendary boxing promoter, Bob Arum, probably doesn’t understand MMA as much as a 77-year-old dude should understand it. That’s why back in 2009 in an interview with Ariel Helwani, Arum essentially called MMA a sport with ‘guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground‘ and all MMA fans are “a bunch of skinhead white guys.”. That statement is pretty ironic considering the fact that Arum called Dana White “nuts” and “a little too much of a loose cannon” after his ‘anti-homosexual’ outburst against Loretta Hunt in that same year.
Now in an interview with USA Today, Bob Arum still insists that the UFC’s fanbase is solely relegated to ‘white males’, however he did ease up on his ‘skinhead’ statement, which has to represent some progression towards his acceptance of MMA.
“I don’t want to demean UFC, because they’ve done a marvelous job of marketing. But it’s the same audience over and over. It’s white males, and they have never been able to expand their demographic.”
“So the future success of UFC is limited. The success of boxing is not, because boxing reaches those groups. The only demographic that boxing has lost is the white, young males, period.”
If any ‘skinhead white guys’ are reading this, let us know if Bob Arum’s statements are accurate, close to truth or just plan nutty and we’ll give you a pat on the back, and then promptly run away from you. [Source]