Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dana White E:60

It does not air until Tuesday night, but the guy who interviewed Dana White could use a little MMA refresher course. He told MMA Fanhouse, "He's [White] clearly lifted the sport, he's done a number of brilliant things to lift the sport to where it is. But one of the things we ask in the piece is, Is he too volatile to get the sport to the next level?"

Dana White does not represent the entire sport anymore than Mark Cuban represents the entire NBA. It is not White's job to do anything but get the UFC to the next level. If the reporter meant the latter, I still don't agree with him. In eight years White and Zuffa have turned a $2 million shack into a multi-billion dollar behemoth. In the past six months, they have had two PPVs do over a million buys (UFC 92 and 94). Neither of those PPVs were headlined by anyone named Liddell or Ortiz, either. The UFC has transitioned to a new lineup of stars, during a severe worldwide economic downturn, and they are making more money than ever. The success is astounding, but apparently since Dana White curses he must not be capable of reaching the "next level".

7 comments:

Fireb226 said...

I totally disagree with you. Until MMA is up there with the 4 major sports, there's going to be a "next level." No one can argue that Dana has been absolutely essential to the growth and success of MMA but it's still not yet a mainstream sport. The next issue is whether Dana can take it the level of baseball, football, hockey and basketball and I think the interviewer brings up a fair question. I love Dana and I'm not offended by anything he says but I do understand why someone so brash, vocal and profane could be repugnant to many people which will, to some degree, inhibit the growth of MMA.

Anonymous said...

I bet Dana is sweating ESPN telling him hes bad for the sport.

Brett said...

Major pundits are saying that Dana is willing to fight Penn in UFC 105vaulting the UFC to the next level. White is on record as willing to train for this fight but Penn remains silent sighting conflict of interest. I say Penn is scared. Even if he thinks he would lose for the sake of mma he should deny himself and sign on.

Anonymous said...

Sean Penn?!

Anonymous said...

Penn Jillette?!

Landon Tucker said...

...William Penn?

Anonymous said...

Nah, Penny Marshall. She's a freak on the ground.