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Dana White responds to JDS: Go and make ‘crazy money’ in ‘these other promotions’

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“A lot of these guys, you know, once they’ve built and established their name here, move on to these other promotions and make crazy money”.

UFC 131: Pre-Fight Press Conference
Dana White interacts with Junior dos Santos at the UFC 131 pre-fight press conference at Robson Square in Vancouver, Canada on June 9, 2011.
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UFC president Dana White has advised former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to go and make ‘crazy money’ in ‘these other promotions’ if he isn’t happy with how the UFC treated him during his release.

Dos Santos accused the UFC of unprofessionalism following his release from the fight promotion in March, but White maintains that the UFC handled everything correctly.

“So Junior dos Santos said some stuff the other day that, you know, that he was upset and that I was all about money and the way that he left,” White told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter in a recent interview (h/t BJPenn.com) “Listen, how old is he? I mean he is in his forty’s now. He was on a four or five fight losing streak and there comes a time and a day where I have to make a decision when a guy keeps losing and he’s at a certain age,” Dana White explained. “This just isn’t the place to be anymore. There are tons of other places where you can go fight and where you can make a lot of money. A lot of these guys, you know, once they’ve built and established their name here, move on to these other promotions and make crazy money. And, umm, good for them. That’s just how it works.”

Dos Santos was released from Ultimate Fighting Championship following a rough stretch in the promotion in which he accumulated four straight stoppage losses to Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Ciryl Gane, all of whom are ranked in the top ten.

Since leaving the UFC in March, 37-year-old dos Santos has made the switch to professional wrestling where he now performs under the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) banner.