UFC President Dana White was unhappy with the way mixed martial arts was represented during a recent episode of The Simpsons. In “The Great Wife Hope” edition of the popular cartoon show, Marge Simpson decides to pursue MMA after the entire male population of Springfield becomes addicted to UPKCC action (Ultimate Punch, Kick and Choke Championship), and face UPKCC president Chet Englebrick in a loser leaves town-type matchup to rid the town of the sport.
“I was disappointed,” White told USA Today. “I think it was typical of people that don’t know anything about the sport. I know it’s for fun, but the second half of it really wasn’t even funny.”
White didn’t find humor in the show’s portrayal of an MMA audience. In one scene, audience members get in a fight in the parking lot after watching a bout in the “septagon”.
“Which is the furthest thing from the truth at a mixed martial arts event,” White noted. “That’s the Red Sox-Yankees game. That’s not a UFC event.”
However, White does admit that there were some humorous parts of the show, like when the jiu-jitsu instructor went to town on Homer’s spine. But overall, White was disappointed with the show.
“We like fighting,” White stated. “But to make it sound like the UFC crowd is this bloodthirsty crowd that shows up and just want to see people get their (butts) kicked — that’s not true. That’s the stigma that the mainstream has of us.
“The Simpsons program will show you how mainstream we’re not,” White concluded.