Welp we knew this was coming. If a new MMA promoter enters the fight game its really only a matter of time before Dana White rants about them. The thing is after last weekend, Oscar De La Hoya and Tito Ortiz just make for the easiest targets.
Competition in MMA is good. More money for the fighters who lay in on the line is good. Better and more options for fighters to compete are also good. In all honesty , Dana White isn’t a fan of any of these because he runs the UFC. At the end of the White does what is best for his bottom line.
Then there is Golden Boy MMA. In theory GBMMA provides competition (LOL) for the UFC, gives fighters a chance to make some money (TBD TBH) and give fighters another promo to fight for. In practice, Golden Boy MMA’s first card was a huge cluster fuck. We’ll see what happens with their next event but yeah Oscar has got some major work to do.
Appearing on the UFC owned and operated Unfiltered Podcast, White went off on Oscar and Tito working together.
“Listen, I love Chuck Liddell and I don’t ever want to badmouth Chuck Liddell,” White said. “People do think I’m badmouthing Chuck Liddell , but the reality is, first of all, lets says this first, I heard last week that the cokehead, ‘Oscar Del La Weirdo’ is talking s***, that I don’t have any place to tell guys when to retire. First of all, it’s called friendship you f***ing cokehead. I’ve been friends with Chuck Liddell for 20-years and the reality is that Chuck Liddell retired when he should’ve retired, 8 or 9 years ago whenever it was.
“Chuck Liddell is 50-years-old and has no business fighting anymore and that fact that the State of California even let that fight happen is disgusting, it’s disgusting. Chuck Liddell is a huge superstar and has a great legacy in this sport. So of course, as friend, anyone that claims to be a friend of Chuck Liddell and was anywhere near this fight is full of s***. They aren’t a friend of Chuck Liddell. To let him go in and fight this fight. It’s terrible.”
“I hope someone talks Del La Hoya into fighting again, and I hope the State of California makes the fight, and I hope he gets knocked out just like Chuck Liddell did,” White said. “In the first round. The cokehead nutball.”
“Tito and Oscar Del La Dummy were made for each other,” he continued. “Those two f***ing nutheads. Frist of all, Tito said ‘You guys want to get paid? Come over to Golden Boy MMA.’ Are you kidding me? Hey, you wait my brother, you wait to see how all this pans out. Everybody is going to be suing everybody in a couple of months. There was no money made over there. Del La Hoya is a moron. An absolute moron and I don’t know how Chuck allowed himself to get talked into this s***.”
Vintage D. White, where is that picture of him smiling like a goof holding a gravestone with failed MMA promotions on it?
H/T to MMA NYTT for the quotes