I know a guy a lot like Dana White. Smart guy. Opinionated. Good to have on your side, bad to be on the other. And if you ever disagree with him on anything (politics, sports, interior design), prepare to be told very loudly and with much profanity why you are not only wrong, but probably an idiot.
So, it's no surprise to see Dana White not only fly off the handle in response to Jake Rossen's relatively (for him) well-reasoned op-ed shooting down MMA Overlord's ten year global takeover pipe dream, but air out his grievances in public. Why don't we take a look at the transcript (courtesy of Watch Kalib Run)?
...[inaudible] arguing with me about how big MMA will be over the next ten years. Like I give a f***what Jake Rossen thinks. What has this guy ever done to move the sport of MMA forward-- okay? First of all, first of all we've done- - we've made this thing grow despite all the dicks that write on Sherdog, okay? Number one. And, and-- but his f***ing input about business and he also says the UAE [United Arab Emirates] is f***ing-- uh, has big financial trouble. They are worth a trillion f***ing dollars! This guys is a f***ing ass bag, okay?
I'm not going to spend too much time on the UAE thing, but from some quick Google research, it appears that Dubai's the only member of that esteemed group in trouble (and it seems markedly similar to the situation in Vegas) while the rest of the UAE appears OK ('cause, you know, oil).
Anyhow, enough geopolitical nonsense. Dana White doesn't care about Jake Rossen, his family, or his dog. And he will violently describe why for the next two minutes.
So, instead of, wait, instead of, instead of promoting the fight this weekend-- instead of promoting the fight this weekend, this guy is f***ing arguing with me about how big MMA is going to be in the next ten years and why it wont be as big as I say it is. Are you mother f***ers into Mixed Martial Arts!?
But really, who has time to promote fights when there's so much work to be done calling out "journalists" (read: op-ed writers) who disagree with you?
That's what he does? Then what the f*** do you employ this guy for? He argues about how big the sport will be, that's what he does? What a f***ing douchebag!
Well, he'll also tell you Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem should stop fighting, but that's neither here nor there.
You know there's a fight this Saturday, right? There's not, there's not one stitch of f***ing anything covering the fight. Uh-- who will be the next big fighters in the next ten years, uh-- they got some big dude with a big fucking afro, uh-- wrestling, you know?
Dude with an afro? You mean the four time NCAA All-American, who won the NCAA championship at 174 lbs. in 2006 and 2007? Oh, and this guy has taken up an MMA career? Yeah, who would be interested in a guy like that?
ARE YOU INTO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, MOTHER FUCKER?
So basically, what he just tells me is Jake Rossen, what he likes to do is, he likes to write bullshit stories smashing MMA and MMA writers so you the fans will go on there and talk about him for a long time. Typical f***ing bullshit reporter.
Pot meet kettle.
Jake Rossen, Go f*** yourself!
I find nothing to fault in this statement.