Numerous MMA media sites (including ourselves) questioned the recent announcement of the UFC being the sole sponsor of current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in his upcoming bout against Rashad Evans. One website took questioning a step further. The brash, satirical CagePotato.com MMA site continued to agitate the UFC as they posted a comical image of Jones and White with ‘untrue’ captions quoting Dana White ‘admitting to making a $500,000k bet on Jones.‘ An obvious attempt at humor, but if you’re to follow rigorous Press standards [or laws regarding slander] when you put quotes around something, it means you are citing actual said words.
Though 99.8% of fans know that White would never say such an illegal and immoral statement, Zuffa LLC. is not playing games. Check out the ‘demanded retraction’ below.
Zuffa, LLC, dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), today announced that it served a demand for retraction upon the parent entities and executives of the website CagePotato regarding certain false and defamatory statements attributed to UFC® President, Dana White, in an April 14th website posting.
As detailed in the formal demand for a retraction prepared by UFC® attorney, Donald J. Campbell of the Las Vegas law firm, Campbell & Williams:
“The claim that Mr. White would financially wager on the outcome of a UFC® event is outrageous in the extreme. Indeed, in the verified complaint we are presently preparing for Mr. White’s signature upon his return from Abu Dhabi, Mr. White expressly states under oath that at no time in the history of his association with the UFC® has he ever financially wagered on the outcome of a UFC® event.”
Mr. Campbell further explained that under Nevada law a demand for retraction is the first required step in the filing of a lawsuit seeking punitive damages against a party that has maliciously published defamatory statements about another.
The site has since updated the article, removing the joke. The question now left is, should satirical media be regulated? If so the Onion has a lot of lawsuits pending.