The media focuses on Dana White’s comments on Loretta Hunt
Fox Sports: UFC boss curses out female reporter in tirade
Alex Marvez: Dana White’s rant sends UFC down dangerous path
Note what Alex Marvez said in his Fox Sports article — it’s the same point I’ve been making on here for the last 24 hours, and it’s a point that has fallen on deaf ears for most of White’s defenders:
In other pro sports leagues — the ones that White wants to have the UFC mentioned along with — these are the kinds of comments that would get a commissioner fired. I don’t expect the promotion to take that step with White, who is a part-owner of UFC’s parent company.
Right now, there seems to be happiness that MMA is a business that gets a little mainstream media attention but not enough to actually justify criticism of some of the things that happens in the industry. The American sports media has never treated the MMA scene like the Japanese media has.
You probably won’t be surprised to find out about this item from USA Today:
“Even his use of anti-gay langauge has precedent; Randy Couture’s autobiography Becoming the Natural — which was co-written with Hunt — claims that White used similiar terminology to describe Couture’s agents.”
However, as I heard from a few sports media writers today, what really stirred the pots in terms of attention towards this story was the fact that Deadspin picked it up.
Apparently, Dana White will now issue an apology on YouTube.
Given that I try to look at issues from a different perspective, there is one perspective about this incident that has given me some pause — the reaction from those defending Dana White.
I’ve followed and written about MMA since the early 90s. It’s a business that I’ve always had a passion for. From its stone age to the current UFC-dominated period now, I’ve witnessed the changes in the MMA audience as far as who’s following the business and who isn’t anymore. I now have to ask myself, after witnessing such vociferous and strong defenders of Dana White’s comments, the following questions:
Am I out of touch with the current MMA fan base?
Am I not serving this audience what they want?
Is this audience truly a reflection of what the bigger picture looks like?
If the answer to those questions is yes, then I have to re-assess the business and what topics I write about. After all, it is my job is to understand what the audience is and give them what they want. I have to think about issues like these sometimes.
Almeida Plans Move to 170, Browning fearful of being cut
“My plans are to drop to 170 pounds,” Almeida told UFC.com. “My team has been saying that I’m too small to fight these big guys at 185.
“With as many lightweights as there are in the UFC, that was probably my last fight, so I don’t think I have to worry about that anymore,” Browning told UFC.com.
Strikeforce Announces June 6 Event, 2 Fights
Strikeforce sent out a press release today confirming it's second Showtime event for June 6 from St. Louis. The event will be headlined by Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields in a catch weight fight at 182 and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral defending against Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao).
Bader injured at UFN 18
TUF 8 LHW winner Ryan Bader injured his left knee in the first round of his unanimous decision victory over Carmelo Marrero tonight at UFC Fight Night 18, according to CageWriter...
move to UFC forum if you will, i wasn't sure which one to put this in
UFC Fight Night 18 bonuses
Following the UFC's first appearance in Tennessee, the promotion handed down $30,000 bonuses to the best and the brightest of the night. A UFC official confirmed the awards and bonuses to MMAWeekly.com late Wednesday night.
Josh Thompson not fighting now
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson today broke his left leg while training for his first title defense against the man who he defeated to capture it, Gilbert Melendez. Therefore, the highly anticipated rematch on April 11 has been scrapped.
Guillard v. Tavares at TUF Finale
A lightweight contest between Melvin Guillard (21-7-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been added to The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale fight card.
While the bout was originally reported as a possibility for UFC 101 in August, sources close to Guillard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight will actually take place at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June.
Lashley To Appear At XFC 8 After All
Although rumors of him fighting on the card turned out to be false, Bobby Lashley will still appear at the upcoming XFC 8 event in Tennessee, but only to present the new XFC Title belt to the winner of the Jarrod Card vs. Bruce Connors featherweight bout which will now headline the show.
Some Managers, Agents Lose Backstage Pass
Managers and agents are fast becoming an endangered species backstage at UFC and WEC events.
Zuffa, the company that owns and operates both promotions, has notified select fighter representatives that they will no longer receive credentials from the promotion to sit with their clients backstage on fight night.
The reasoning behind the UFC’s decision varies according to the source. Some say the move is yet another strike in a campaign to separate fighters from their business representatives. Others say Zuffa is making a reasonable attempt to control unnecessary backstage traffic and lighten overcrowded dressing rooms of freeloaders.
The latter explanation loses traction, however, when the promotion has not enacted a blanket policy across the board, which brings into question if the move is more personal than procedural.
Of five separate fighter representatives and their firms that spoke to Sherdog.com, two said they were told that credentials would no longer be doled out to them shortly after UFC 94 on Jan. 31. These firms were also denied backstage access in person at UFC Fight Night 17, UFC 95 and UFC 96, as well as WEC 39, which took place March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Both reps said Zuffa would give no reason for the change in policy when asked over the phone and in person.
“You don’t ask questions of them. You know how that goes,” said one manager, who, like multiple fighter representatives interviewed, would only speak on the condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions.
Zuffa’s public relations department did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment on the promotion’s sudden shift in policy after eight years.
Outraged managers and agents said the silent treatment speaks to a greater issue that Zuffa is trying to keep hidden behind closed locker room doors.
“They’re divisively trying to split management and fighters,” said one representative. “They’re trying to de-power the managers and agents to create a wedge between them. They give locker room bonuses and say, ‘This is from Dana [White] and the UFC -- nobody else.’ They’re telling fighters they can go directly to them. They’re telling fighters they’ll be doing sponsorships themselves in the near future that will put the managers and agents out of business. They’re trying to minimize the managers’ and agents’ role in the fighter’s life so they can better control salaries.”
Jacaré back in action at Dream 9
Few months after the middleweight tournament, Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza will be back in action at Dream. According to the fighter, he’ll fight at Dream 9, which takes place in Japan on May 26th.