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Cody McKenzie: Dana White is a piece of work, I’d fight him for free

Retired fighter Cody McKenzie offers to fight UFC President Dana White for free.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a few weeks after retiring from professional competition, Cody McKenzie is back making MMA headlines, this time with his willingness to fight UFC President Dana White for free.

"I would love to fight Dana White," McKenzie told "I'd love to beat him up. He talks bad about fighters all the time, disrespects fighters. Yeah, he's a piece of work."

The former UFC fighter's frustration stems from White's apparent disrespect towards fighters and the promoter's willingness to flaunt his wealth with little regard for anyone's opinion. The 27-year-old ex-fighter cited examples of White tipping casino dealers and waitresses remarkable sums instead of worrying about his fighters who can't stay afloat.

"It's just a joke," McKenzie said. "I've heard stories about Dana tipping waitresses big money and it's like, 'Damn that's more money than I get paid a year.' That sucks.

"There's a bunch of guys getting their heads pounded in to make them that money struggling. They don't understand the other end of it. They don't understand the struggle. Dana runs around running his mouth all the time about fighters."

McKenzie, who retired from professional competition following his KO loss to Beslan Isaev at M-1 Challenge 54/ACB 12 last month, was simply not willing to risk anymore of his brain cells for pennies in return.

"I ain't trying to get knocked out no more," McKenzie said. "I want to get out while my health is good. I'd like to find something else to do while I'm still able-bodied and not a potato.

"I ain't trying to be punchy. I already feel it coming on."

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