Initially intended as a piece to promote the world’s fastest growing sport, UFC president Dana White feels that last week’s edition of ESPN’s E:60 focused on the negative aspects of mixed martial arts and the UFC.
“The ‘E:60’ thing was a piece of (expletive),” an irritated White stated to The Boston Herald. “Same old (expletive) story, same old (expletive).”
What the brash Prez is trying to say is that anytime there’s an opportunity promote the sport and all its richness, for some reason it turns into a bash-fest.
“I got the (Armed Forces Humanitarian Award) two (expletive) months ago,” White said. “Did you see that in there? They go out and find three people – Tito Ortiz, Pat Miletich and some (expletive) guy that doesn’t like UFC in New York – and that’s what the (expletive) story is about? (Expletive) them. It’s the same story I’ve seen a million times.”
”Dana has never told me anything that ended up being the truth, besides the fact that his intention was to crush other people’s lives and businesses,” said Miletich, who was once the UFC’s welterweight champ and now makes his living as a trainer.
Which promoted White to respond the only way we knew he would.
Fire in the hole!
“Pat Miletich is a very bitter guy right now,” White stated. “Pat is not one of the smartest people you’re ever going to meet. He sees these guys around him, like Tim Sylvia, who made a couple million bucks in his career. Pat Miletich hasn’t made any money because he’s not a smart guy. It’s not my fault Pat Miletich is a (expletive) dummy.”
In addition to chatting with Miletich, ESPN corralled an all-time White favorite, former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz. The UFC’s former employee immediately slammed White for his reluctance to flip the bill for a back surgery that Ortiz claimed was directly associated with his 11 years of service with the company.
“We didn’t not pay for his (surgery),” White said in response to Ortiz’ story. “The insurance company denied his claim because that (expletive) monkey gets out there and starts saying after the fight is over, ‘I was injured before this fight. That’s why I looked like (expletive).’ He’s always had an excuse for why he’s losing. Because he said he hurt his back before the fight, the insurance company said, ‘We heard you say you were injured before the fight and we’re not going to cover your claim.’”
White is right on this ESPN thing. They had a golden opportunity to use exclusive access to the UFC and its head honcho to accelerate the growth of the world’s most violent sport, however they chose to focus on the select few that have been shafted by White and/or the UFC.