Antonio McKee: 'I'd Like to Vote Dana White Out of the UFC'

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POLL: Do you agree with what McKee is saying??
Yeah, he's absolutely right 18% (10)
No, he's completely delusional 82% (47)
Budgellism
10/15/11 3:59:45PM
"I'm here for the sport. I've been getting a lot of static about the stuff I've been saying about the UFC, and how I've been blasting them, but, at the end of the day, everyone, whether they like me or dislike me, whether they are a UFC fan or not a UFC fan, one thing they will say, if they're honest, is that McKee is right. I've been bashing away at Dana White for the way he talks about fighters, calling them p*ssies, calling women c*nts, and F this and F that, calling unions a bunch of idiots. You're an icon of the sport. The last thing we need is an icon showing this type of behavior to people who are engaging in this sport and support it. We need somebody to step up, that has a little bit of integrity and a little bit of respect for fighters, whether they're good fighters or bad fighters, the fact that they're fighters, and just show a little bit more appreciation. I'd like to vote Dana White out of the UFC and bring in somebody that has a little bit more courtesy and common sense, because this guy's definitely smoking some dust."

- Antonio Mckee

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Poor_Franklin
10/15/11 4:02:33PM
the fighters need a union
kopower
10/15/11 4:16:51PM
While I think Dana could definitely tone it down a bit and be more professional at times, I do like how he doesn't mask his feelings. I can't pick a side on this one. Dana is so passionate about this sport that it's hard to knock him. I do wonder though, if the UFC blows up on FOX, how the general public will take his antics.

Gun to my head, love him or hate him. I pick love him. It's rare you find an individual, not just running a team, but a professional organization, with as much heart as Dana. The one figure that comes to mind somewhat comparable to White, is Mark Cuban. They both have driven personalities, that will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
mrsmiley
10/15/11 4:27:28PM
Mckee's statement reminds me of what Tito said about Dana once. (Paraphrased) "Ask anyone off camera or in a back room what they think of Dana and it won't be nice".

But anyhow, I think some of the comments touch upon what I said a month or so about Dana and the sport of MMA. He's without a doubt what the sport has needed to help get it running on two feet,yet that doesn't mean he's always going to be good or right for the sport. I guess only time will tell.
Chael_Sonnen
10/15/11 4:31:23PM
Whatever little sleep Dana gets already, I don't think he'll lose anymore over McKee's comments.
emfleek
10/15/11 4:41:25PM
I'm surprised to see McKee dragging Dana's name through the mud. I figured he would just lay on it.

postman
10/15/11 5:12:26PM

Posted by Poor_Franklin

the fighters need a union



Sorry No No No
tcunningham
10/15/11 5:36:30PM
dana is probably the single most important name for MMA today and a huge reason why this sport is what it is. love him or hate him, our sport needs him.
ncordless
10/15/11 5:49:44PM

Posted by kopower

While I think Dana could definitely tone it down a bit and be more professional at times, I do like how he doesn't mask his feelings. I can't pick a side on this one. Dana is so passionate about this sport that it's hard to knock him. I do wonder though, if the UFC blows up on FOX, how the general public will take his antics.

Gun to my head, love him or hate him. I pick love him. It's rare you find an individual, not just running a team, but a professional organization, with as much heart as Dana. The one figure that comes to mind somewhat comparable to White, is Mark Cuban. They both have driven personalities, that will do whatever it takes to get the job done.



I don't love him or hate him.

Zuffa is the catalyst behind what MMA is today, and the best hope for fulfilling its potential. Dana is the face of the company and it is to a large extent his vision (although I think people would be surprised what his real role in the company is these days, he is literally just the face now with power to override everyone except Lorenzo. . . he doesn't make the matches, scout the talent, handle hiring and firing plan the events, or take the lead on TV and sponsorship deals) and rightfully deserves all the adulation for it.

But just because I love that part of it doesn't mean I have to like it every time Dana embarrasses himself or the sport with ridiculous behavior. We are quickly getting to the point where Dana has the potential to be a bigger liability than he is worth. If he were to go off on someone the way he went off on Loretta Hunt in a situation that could get imputed to FOX, they are not gonna care how much it appeals to 18-34 yr old males, heads will roll.
Sir_Karl
10/15/11 6:14:55PM
We care about what Antonio McKee says because? Sour Grapes. Antonio...ain't nobody going to flock behind you bro. If you wouldn't have been runnin' your mouth about the UFC you might have had a chance to get back with them after a few wins in the "minors". From personal experience I have learned that sometimes it is best to just stfu.
sparky
10/15/11 7:11:00PM

Posted by tcunningham

dana is probably the single most important name for MMA today and a huge reason why this sport is what it is. love him or hate him, our sport needs him.



Budgellism
10/15/11 7:11:50PM

Posted by emfleek

I'm surprised to see McKee dragging Dana's name through the mud. I figured he would just lay on it.




zing
TheBlackChip
10/15/11 8:59:17PM

Posted by kopower

While I think Dana could definitely tone it down a bit and be more professional at times, I do like how he doesn't mask his feelings. I can't pick a side on this one. Dana is so passionate about this sport that it's hard to knock him. I do wonder though, if the UFC blows up on FOX, how the general public will take his antics.

Gun to my head, love him or hate him. I pick love him. It's rare you find an individual, not just running a team, but a professional organization, with as much heart as Dana. The one figure that comes to mind somewhat comparable to White, is Mark Cuban. They both have driven personalities, that will do whatever it takes to get the job done.



Agree completely with this.

Like almost every truly great figure in the history of sports and human existence in general, Dana White has a personality that is so in your face and so unashamed that it can't help but divide people. However, I do think most fans of MMA and the fighters that compete therein appreciate what Dana does for the sport, and wouldn't have it any other way. I mean, would you rather have Bjorn Rebney or Scott Coker running the show? Or in mainstream sports how about David Stern? Think about it, those guys always give the PC answer, and never bash their athletes or cuss or say inappropriate things but at the same time, nobody really cares about them or what they have to say. It's all just blah, blah, blah every time they talk because you know they're programmed to promote the machine and not much else. Dana gives it to you how it is, while at the same time remaining true to his goal of making the UFC a household sport throughout the world. I don't know how much more you could realistically ask for.
jae_1833
10/16/11 12:27:38AM

Posted by Poor_Franklin

the fighters need a union


Why? So we could have the same lock outs as the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL....they just got insurance! They just got on network tv! The only things needed to be fixed in MMA right now is the judges, and the stupid knees to the head of a grounded opponent rule. If they really want to be cool they could lower the rates of PPVs while they were at it but please, let's try to stay realistic.
Kpro
10/16/11 5:16:29AM
Antonio McKee has also said "I feel like I'm the Muhammad Ali of MMA" and is trying to get a network to pick up his attempted reality show Fight School TV if I'm remembering correctly. This may be just to get his name back in the news since his fights are beer breaks for most of us.
Poor_Franklin
10/16/11 5:35:45AM
blame the owners for the lockouts. not the athletes
airkerma
10/16/11 10:19:33AM

Posted by Poor_Franklin

blame the owners for the lockouts. not the athletes

This is an accurate statement.
KungFuMaster
10/17/11 12:52:13AM

Posted by Sir_Karl

We care about what Antonio McKee says because? Sour Grapes. Antonio...ain't nobody going to flock behind you bro. If you wouldn't have been runnin' your mouth about the UFC you might have had a chance to get back with them after a few wins in the "minors". From personal experience I have learned that sometimes it is best to just stfu.



What McKee said definitely did not help his case. The ufc is the biggest show and the biggest opportunity for mma fighters in terms of money. I think he just sealed his fate by attacking Dana White.

Pookie
10/17/11 1:45:48AM
Without Dana, the ufc wouldnt be where it is. His opinion isn't well thought out. And it reeks of spite.
emfleek
10/17/11 9:13:56AM

Posted by Pookie

And it reeks of spite.



Without a doubt.
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