White: F---ing problem is rich guys that aren't hungry

source: mmafighting.com

"The only way it can be explained is it's a string of horrible (expletive) luck," White said, during a media gathering on Thursday.

"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."

Of course many MMA fans beg to differ, blaming underwhelming cards, too many events, and fighters wrongfully taking advantage of injury insurance as factors behind the UFC's recent lineup woes.

"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," White said.

But White says outside of uncontrollable injuries the biggest problem for scheduling big bouts recently is top fighters have gotten "fat and rich."

"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.

"Once the money starts to pile up. You get some of these guys who have a few million in the bank, getting punched in the face everyday isn't too (expletive) cool. But when guys are (expletive) hungry and they want that (expletive) money and want to get out there and get more of it and more of it and more of it.

"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."

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mrwhipple site profile image  

9/17/12 2:38 PM by mrwhipple

The only questionable case is Strikeforce. Not that Strikeforce was striving, by all accounts they weren't, but there were other potential buyers. The question is did Zuffa outbid everyone because Strikeforce was actually that neccesary for their future plans or did they do so to make sure they killed a potential rival before they gained any momentum from the GP or a possible opening on SPIKE?

StratTone site profile image  

9/17/12 11:42 AM by StratTone

I can see where people might think this because of all the companies bought by Zuffa but you can't call it buying up companies to create a monopoly when the companies they bought were dying and already up for sale. A monopoly would make more sense if Zuffa sought out these companies when they were striving and talked them into selling but that hasn't been the case.

1oldfart site profile image  

9/17/12 11:09 AM by 1oldfart

hes right the guys who are trying to make their name almost always have a more exciting fight.

Allucard site profile image  

9/17/12 10:16 AM by Allucard

Yet we take the time to hate on Jon Jones, who finishes nearly all his fights, always delivering a show, shows up to fight as the champion 4 times a year, unlike any other MMA champ ever btw. Weird MMA people are we not?

StratTone site profile image  

9/17/12 8:49 AM by StratTone

Are fighters not invested in themselves much like an owner and his own company?

StratTone site profile image  

9/17/12 8:47 AM by StratTone

Dana is the President not the CEO.

StratTone site profile image  

9/17/12 8:28 AM by StratTone

I could not agree more. Its gets frustrating to read comments on here about fighter pay for me at times but ultimatly its just that the people making such comments just don't understand how a business works and have these images in there had that show the money hungry mongel boss and the poor starving artist that I'm affraid will not change easily without age and experience.

Death site profile image  

9/17/12 12:51 AM by Death

 Killer quote. Also VTFU

PrettyBoy site profile image  

9/17/12 12:30 AM by PrettyBoy

Not always but in some cases yes. I would love to see a super six type situation where Alvarez, Melendez, BJ, Edgar, ect get to all fight round robin for the crown.If boxing had fewer weight classes and one legit belt it would be great. I like the fact that it isn't a WWE rip off.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

9/16/12 11:56 PM by JimmersonzGlove

  We've never seen this many fights scheduled before....so it's kind of hard to just blame the insurance.