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Dana White rips ‘Cokehead Oscar De La Weirdo’ for promoting Liddell vs. Ortiz 3

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Dana White let his feelings be known about Chuck Liddell’s recent saddening return to MMA.

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Chuck Liddell stepped back into a cage for the first time in eight years on Saturday night, but his bout with Tito Ortiz under the Golden Boy MMA banner did not go as planned for him. He looked every bit of his 48 years of age in the bout, struggling to keep his feet under him or even land a punch until he was knocked clean out late in the first round.

UFC president Dana White has always been a guy that would advise fighters to retire and not come back if they had nothing left in the Octagon. That was apparent during Liddell’s final run with the UFC close to a decade ago, and proved to be the case in Inglewood on Saturday night. Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya criticized White’s stance on asking guys to retire, and as a guest on UFC Unfiltered today, White fired back as only he can (transcribed by MMA Fighting):

“I love Chuck Liddell and I don’t ever want to bad mouth Chuck Liddell. People even think I’m remotely bad mouthing Chuck Liddell, but the reality is — first of all, I heard last week the cokehead ‘Oscar De La Weirdo’ is talking shit that I don’t have any place to tell guys when to retire. First of all, it’s called ‘friendship’ you f—king cokehead. I’ve been friends with Chuck Liddell for 20 years and the reality is that Chuck Liddell retired when he should have retired. Eight, nine years ago, however long it was. And Chuck Liddell’s almost 50 years old and has no business fighting anymore. The fact that the state of California even let that fight happen is disgusting. Disgusting.

“Chuck Liddell has an incredible legacy. He’s a huge superstar in this sport, so of course as a friend, anybody who claims to be a friend of Chuck Liddell and was anywhere near this fight is full of shit. They’re not a friend of Chuck Liddell. To let him go in and fight this fight is terrible.”

He continued to go after De La Hoya over his statements about fighters making more under Golden Boy, pointing at the rather low pay scale that was released by the California State Athetic Commission following the card:

“The problem is Chuck Liddell was a fighter,” White said. “Chuck Liddell loves to fight, that’s his passion, it’s what he loves in life. But there comes a day and age, fighting is a young man’s game. You can’t do it. And Oscar f—king De La Hoya says, ‘Oh, come over to Golden Boy where we respect the fighters and it makes me sick what these fighters were paid’ and all this shit. Out of 14 fights on the card, five bouts were amateur fights. Which means he didn’t pay them jack shit, right? And 12 of the professional fighters on the card made less than [$3,000 show and $3,000 to win]. What the f*ck are you talking about you cokehead junkie?

“Some of the guys on the card made $1,000 and $1,000. And he respects the fighters so much, he couldn’t remember their f—king names at the press conference.”

White’s not wrong about the money thing, or Oscar’s performance at the press conference. It remains to be seen if Golden Boy will stay in the MMA game, but they’re going to have to change a few things to be competitive and gain a piece of the marketplace.