And you thought the problem was too many UFC events. UFC president Dana White responds to the critics in regards to the recent epidemic of injuries plaguing the organization. For White it is more about bad luck than anything else.
“We don’t lose the first two guys on the (UFC 153) card falling out, we got the main (Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar) and co-main event (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira) falling out — which is the worst (expletive) thing that can happen. That’s what has been happening to us. It’s just bad luck.”
White has heard the criticism of his organization being over-saturated and is not swayed, as the organization continues to expand with more events and in new markets. Instead, White points to the financial growth of many of the top fighters as more of the issue.
“I’ve been so (expletive) tired of answering this question over the last couple of days about fighter insurance, there’s too many events, the lists goes on and on. Biggest problem for scheduling big bouts recently is top fighters have gotten “fat and rich.” White said.
“The biggest (expletive) problem is we got too many rich guys. Too many guys that are rich as (expletive),” White said. “Money is the biggest detriment to the fight business. Back in the old days when we were just getting going, dudes had to pay the (expletive) rent.
Being the leader of an organization is not easy as White talks on the difficulties that have evolved with the sport.
“Back in the old days, the guys were always in shape. When you’re hungry and you want to get to that level, that’s how these guys train. Then once you make a few dollars, I’m on vacation. I got to track guys down. He’s in the (expletive) jungle of Brazil. … It’s just not as easy as it used to be.”
It’s not all bad says White, as he hints at a surprise on the horizon that will look to shock the MMA community.
“Everything is awesome. Everything couldn’t be going better,” White said. “It seems like every day when you turn on the (expletive) computer, there’s all this doom and gloom. The UFC is a fad, this, that, and everything else from all these dumb (expletives) who don’t really know what’s going on, what the plans are, what we got teed up.
“We’re gonna shock the world again in the next two years.”
Transcribed by MMAFighting.com