White elaborates on why he wants Griffin & Hughes to retire

source: fightcove.com

“One of the things that you guys have to understand is…some of the people out there are smashing me. ‘Who are you to tell somebody when they should be able to retire? It’s their decision and everything else.” White said on a recent Google+ chat. “Guess what, this isn’t like you’re working at GE, you work for Microsoft and I’m coming and telling you ‘you should retire,’ this is the fight business. When you get to a certain point, and even some of these, some of the fans, guess what? I know more than you do.”

“I know how much money these guys got, I know exactly what’s going on in these guys heads. Neither one of these guys (Hughes and Griffin) are going to be on another title run, you know what I mean? And you look at a guy like Forrest, and I don’t want to count anyone out, anything is possible, but Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones is nasty, he’s young, you know, this is just a young man’s sport.”

Forrest Griffin and Matt Hughes, they’ve made the tons of money, tons of money, they’ve both had huge accomplishments,” he said. “I would like to see them retire because I care about them. Forrest Griffin and Matt Hughes both have beautiful wives, they have beautiful kids, tons of money, right? Why get punched in the face any more if you don’t have to?”

“This is a promoter here; I’m a promoter, that’s what I do for a living.” White explained in the chat. “These are two of the biggest names. I could put Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin out and there and I could make money off them. I don’t want to make one dollar of that kind of money,”

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P4PKING site profile image  

8/11/12 6:53 PM by P4PKING

I think he more was saying that. These's guys are competitive, but just not good enough anymore. And for all we know they both might think they can win the belt back.

Nick Fury site profile image  

8/11/12 5:32 PM by Nick Fury

Dana White: "The King of Hearts"

Attila site profile image  

8/11/12 3:32 PM by Attila

I get where Dana is coming from but his point that basically "you shouldn't be in the UFC unless you have a chance at the title" is BS. There are plenty of guys in the UFC, some veterans and some young, that obviously don't have the talent to win the title, but they're still fighting with Dana's blessing. I don't quite understand the double standard. If these older legends/popular fighters are still good enough to be solid gate-keepers and the fans enjoy watching them fight, what's the problem?Edit: OK, he could say he doesn't want them to diminish their image like Ken Shamrock did fighting wayyyy past his prime, but neither Forrest or Hughes is nearly that far gone.

Thacommish site profile image  

8/11/12 2:54 PM by Thacommish

So in one week dana says its good for fighters to use trt because it keeps them going well past when nature tells them to stop, then he pretends like he cares about their well being? I believe it.

Reality TV Star site profile image  

8/11/12 2:29 PM by Reality TV Star

Tito too, a fighter needs to be in control of their own destiny, not Dana

HenryO site profile image  

8/11/12 2:28 PM by HenryO

They should both go fight on Spike for Bellator

Lobo8 site profile image  

8/11/12 1:46 PM by Lobo8

I agree. They both should retire. Rather see that then a guy like forest take fights with trt and ruin his legacy.

fryingarmbar site profile image  

8/11/12 1:35 PM by fryingarmbar

I've never cared for Dana but I have to give credit where it's due. There's no way to interpet his words as anything but selfless and genuinely concerned.

Reality TV Star site profile image  

8/11/12 1:30 PM by Reality TV Star

Fighters should be able to retire from UFC not fighting

Farewell Brock site profile image  

8/11/12 1:29 PM by Farewell Brock

What sense does either of thosr fights make? Lose lose situation for both nog and diego...