UFC President Dana White Talks Gary Shaw, Mark Cuban, Calvin Ayre And More

Dana White sounds pretty pissed off with all of these different MMA organizations that keep trying to put him down.  The following is a breakdown of what he thinks about the mixed martial arts market and where the UFC stands amongst the others:

Here’s what Dana had to say about the whole thing:

"All I have to say about that is don’t ever (expletive) doubt us. All
these (expletive) idiots out there that like to talk (expletive) and
(expletive) don’t ever doubt us, man. Don’t ever, ever doubt us…It’s like every (expletive) five minutes I’m answering questions about
the new guy that’s going to take the UFC down."

Regarding Gary Shaw (President of EliteXC):

“We’ll see who’s around in five years, me or Gary Shaw.
There’s some ego for you. The reality is I know what the (expletive) I’m doing
and Gary…

Shaw doesn’t. If you go and search Gary Shaw and mixed martial arts
(on the Internet), this guy was saying five years ago that mixed martial arts
was a joke. (He said) it’s not a real sport, these guys are barroom brawlers.
Now that fat, bloated (expletive) is running around acting like he loves mixed
martial arts…Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, this
is what we do. It’s all we do. It’s all we (expletive) care about. You can’t
say that about these other organizations. These guys aren’t promoters. They see
an opportunity and they’re trying to get their little slice of the big piece of

Regarding Calvin Ayre (Owner of Bodog):

"The next guy was (Calvin Ayre and) Bodog. This guy is a billionaire and
he’s doing this and that. Oh my God, look at the contract he gave Matt
Lindland. Matt Lindland never got paid  his (expletive) money. The
money Matt Lindland was supposed to get paid from Bodog, he never
(expletive) paid him. He’s like, `(Expletive) you. I live in Costa
Rica. What are you going to do about it? The government can’t even
touch me."

Regarding Mark Cuban (Owner of HDNet Fights):

"The next guy is (HDNet Fights’) Mark Cuban. He’s a billionaire, this,
that and everything else. Then the CBS deal pops up and Mark Cuban
isn’t as scary anymore. Look at CBS now. Every (expletive) day it’s
somebody new."

Regarding IFL:

"A year and a half ago it
was the IFL. The IFL has a better model. They are going to take care of
these fighters. They’re really going to take care of them. They are
going to give them stock options. They are going to get medical
benefits. They are going to give them a retirement plan. Here we are,
the stock is at 8 cents now and they are going out of business."

Regarding Tito Ortiz and his UFC fighters

"Let me tell you what, whether it’s the fans, the fighters or whoever,
the fighters get taken care of in the UFC. I’ve made more (expletive)
millionaires in mixed martial arts than anybody. Even that moron, Tito
Ortiz. He’s an (expletive) liar. He was on Howard Stern and blatantly
flat out lied about what he made. The guy has made millions. Remember
the interview with him, `Booh hooh, I crashed my car into a tree. My
life is over.’ I brought him back and made him a coach on Season 3 of
The Ultimate Fighter. The guy has made millions of dollars, millions,
OK. This is where it’s at. This is where the fighters are going to make
the money."

Dana continues…

"You got all these guys trying to put together companies. M-1 and this
and that and all these different (expletive) things. They’ve never even
put on a fight, yet. They’ve never even put on a fight and they are
going to be the company to beat the UFC…You think of this. You come over to my house this weekend and we
kick back and watch TV. We put on (expletive) NASCAR. We’re like, `Holy
(expletive). Look at all the (expletive) people at this race. All those
fans and this and that. These guys got television deals and merchandise
deals and all this crazy (expletive). You know what? Let’s steal two of
their drivers, and let’s start our own (expletive) company. We’ll call
it (expletive), you know, GASCAR instead of (expletive) NASCAR.’ That’s
how (expletive) stupid it is. It’s the exact same thing, you know.
NASCAR is huge. Nobody is going to jump out and start competing with
NASCAR. But small races go on every weekend all over the country. All
these guys eventually want to make it to NASCAR and become professional
drivers…It’s the same (expletive) thing with the mixed martial arts market.
The UFC is here. We’re pulling all the numbers. We’re doing all this
(expletive). We’re the real deal. But every weekend, all over the
country, all over the world, fights happen. That’s the way the business
works. We need those smaller shows as a feeder system to get to the UFC."

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