"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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