By now we’ve all seen the infamous quote provided by CagePotato, that implied Dana White was betting a large amount of money on thrust-into-the-spotlight-golden-boy Jon Jones. At this moment, it seems so strange that CagePotato has come under fire by Dana and crew. Dana White’s reaction to a silly quote under a picture is like swatting a fly with a wrecking ball. This has been completely blown out of proportion, and now people are coming forth saying that Rashad Evans is upset about the false allegation, and some are going as far as attacking Evans now for his reaction to all of this. To all of this I have to stand up from my chair and give Dana and the UFC a standing ovation. They managed to find something to blame and have all eyes directed away from the real issue at hand. The real issue being addressed is that the UFC is in the wrong for announcing it’s sponsorship of Jon Jones right before the championship fight this Saturday. Intentionally or not, they have shown their favoritism towards Jones, and I’m sure they do not like the backlash. Enter, CagePotato.
As a fan of that site, I often find myself giggling like a school girl when I read their captions that they post below photos. No one in their right mind ever considers the “quotes” to be actual, accurate, truthful quotes. We read it, we laugh, we go on to the next article. Sure Dana was probably a little peeved about what was written, but to start threatening lawsuits is a bit much. CagePotato has been on Dana’s bad side ever since the leaked photos of Arianny Celeste, and this was the perfect situation to create a perfect whipping boy. Everyone now is so up in arms about how any one could actually believe that silly quote, that they have started to over look the sponsorship. The sponsorship in itself is betting on Jones to win. They have chosen who they want to be seen as the ‘face” of the UFC. They have decided that when it came to choosing what fighter they want to represent the company to the public, all of their eggs are in the basket of Jon Jones. This is not Jones’ fault, who is he to turn down a monumental sponsorship like this one presented to him. The UFC are in the wrong and MMA fans see this, but they will not come forward and state any regrets, or make any statements about how they could have handled this situation better. No, instead they went after CagePotato hoping that it would advert enough eyes in order to let the sponsorship of Jones not look so terrible after all. Hopefully everything will clear out civically between Dana and CagePotato, but still that was a great job in making me forget for a moment that Jones will be head to toe in sponsorships by the same company in which the champion and the contender will be fighting for on Saturday night.