Dana White Spoke about urging former fighters to stop live sparring
White told The Action Junkeez Podcast that he had to tell Ali Abdelaziz, a prominent MMA manager to stop sparring with his clients and friends. He told the same thing to former UFC champion Forrest Griffin.
“I told all these guys this, I told Ali, the f–k are you doing sparring? Why? You don’t fight anymore? You know what I mean? There’s no secret about what f–king getting punched in the head does to you right? And listen if you make a decision in your life that that’s what you’re going to do to make a living, take care of your family, and hopefully make a sh-tload of money and do whatever, then as a grown man in this country you make that decision but to do it after you’re f–king done fighting and when you’re retired, for what to get in there and guy sh-t? You get like a guy like ‘Oh, come on spar with us’ you don’t want to say, I don’t spar anymore whatever, that’s what you should say. You know I had to tell Forrest to stop fu–king sparring, you know Skipper Kelp, he’s one of my best friends said, dude, no. I don’t give a f–k who it is. If women are punching you in the head it’s doing damage to you. There’s no upside.”
“Yes this is 100% true he did tell me to stop sparring and I’m glad I stopped,” he wrote. “I’m so happy now.”