Dana White: UFC is not a monopoly

by Michael McCarthy | source: usatoday.com
 

Q: After taking over competition such as Strikeforce, World Extreme Cagefighting and PRIDE, does UFC have an MMA monopoly in the USA?

A: People always say "monopoly." The people who say that don't know enough about the sport. … If you go state to state and called the athletic commission in every state where we're sanctioned and ask them how many MMA events were held there this year and how many times did the UFC come, the answer is going to be once or zero. We're not a monopoly. We're just the best. We do what we do the best.

Q: Training injuries to fighters such as UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez are becoming a big issue. Are these guys training too hard?

A: Injuries have always been an issue for us. Think about it. These guys have to train in kickboxing, boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and jiu-jitsu. On top of that, they still have to do their cardiovascular training and their weight training. It's pretty extensive training. You look at any sport across the board — I don't care if it's cheerleading or badminton or whatever it might be — when you play and you train and everything else, injuries happen.

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ALL DAY JAY site profile image  

6/23/11 5:25 PM by ALL DAY JAY

So, the NFL, NBA, and MLB are also monopolys?

KevinMcAllister site profile image  

6/23/11 2:53 AM by KevinMcAllister

^^^and the NHL didn't ban the trap. they created new rules or eliminated existing ones to curtail that style of play. such as when MMA fans demand rule changes to curtail lay npray. you cant ban a style of play in hockey, just like you cant tell people not to lay n pray so long as its scored. do some fucking research before you start telling people to "think more".

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6/23/11 2:51 AM by KevinMcAllister

i dont think you get it, at all.

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6/22/11 10:31 PM by UltraMagnus

*SIGH*

Altofsky site profile image  

6/22/11 5:59 PM by Altofsky

"Breaking News: The owner of a monopoly claims it's not a monopoly. "Breaking News: dude with redneck screen name lacks understanding of business law. Shocking!

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6/22/11 3:44 PM by jimbobyeaboy

Breaking News: The owner of a monopoly claims it's not a monopoly.

bhealthy site profile image  

6/22/11 3:27 PM by bhealthy

i never agree with Fudd but he is correct, the ufc is far from being a monopoly

Granpa site profile image  

6/22/11 1:34 PM by Granpa

LOL @ Dana.. yeah sure buddy.

bjws site profile image  

6/22/11 1:27 PM by bjws

yet once women couldn't vote and black people were slaves. Your argument has been proven invalid by history.

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6/22/11 1:23 PM by bjws

I agree with Pink on this 100%. MMA is a sport, it is not the UFC's fault that nobody has come up with a way to determine title shots. I think doing so without human intervention would lead to boring fights and even more decisions as fighters fight not to loose as opposed to winning.All sports make rules to make the sport more enjoyable for the fans. For example, hockey banned the trap because it made for really slow and boring games. In hockey, they have also taken out the red line to increase the speed and make it more exciting. In my mind, this is no different from humans deciding who is going to fight who based on who deserves to be moved up the ranks. Also, if they simply use record to determine the next fight, there will always be more than one person deserving of the shot and they will have to put the belt on hold as title eliminator fights happen, though this complicates things as on the same card another fighter could win another and have the same record as the two people fighting in the eliminator.I think that people need to think a bit more before they post here and realize there is a flip side to what you are saying. Everyone wants to reinvent the wheel, but what is the point when the current wheel is working just fine?