White: Biggest FU to NY politicians is not coming to NY


After the UFC 159 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White discussed the failure of NY to pass a bill regulating mixed martial arts, for four years running. The bill soared through the Senate by a 47-14 vote, and has received positive reviews from the Governor, but is being frozen in place.

“It’s just ridiculous,” said White.  “We get more votes (In the Senate) than we got last year.  It’s just to the point now where it’s just absolutely ridiculous.”

“It’s the Culinary Union. The culinary union bused a bunch of people up to Albany last week to try to protest up there.  It’s 100 percent the Las Vegas Culinary Union. It’s being held up because the Las Vegas Culinary Union is that powerful in New York.”

White is being pressed to respond, but he reminded that the best way to get back at politicians trying to keep the UFC out of New York is to keep the UFC out of New York.

“You know what you do, and I don’t like to say this, because there’s a lot of fans in New York, and I appreciate the fans in New York," said White. "Talking about the politicians…The biggest way you say f--- you to the politicians in New York is you don’t have a show in New York. Are they hurting my business one bit? No.

"I just stayed in New York. I f------ ate in great restaurants. Loved the hotel I stayed in. Then I drove over here (to UFC 159 host state New Jersey). Took me about 30 minutes to get here, and I did a fight here that did a 2.7 million dollar gate, and all the things that happened over here, we gave the money to New Jersey.  New Jersey got all the money. 

"I still hung out in New York. I had a blast in New York. And guess what? The host hotel is here in New Jersey.  They got all the rooming nights, all the people that came over, people coming over to the hotel and getting all the fighters, everybody flew into New Jersey and we did it in New Jersey.  That’s the ‘f--- you’ to the politicians in New York.”

Transcription by B/R


tags: UFC   Dana White   regulation. NY   video   


Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

time traveling 12er site profile image  

5/3/13 7:42 PM by time traveling 12er

Actually there's a loophole now that allows the UFC to make fights in NY if they want but they're not going to use it.  Dana mentions it.  Zuffa, and specifically Lorenzo wants to do it legit.  One of the first things they did when they took over was get rid of the idea of trying to skirt the athletic commissions.  Obviously they want the UFC in the biggest market in the country.  But like he said it's not like he's losing tons of money by not being able to hold fights in NYC.  Neither of them NEED each other, but certainly both could benefit greatly from each other.

AllAmericanBoxing site profile image  

5/3/13 7:18 PM by AllAmericanBoxing

Lol at this thread turning into a political debate.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

5/3/13 5:20 PM by ABE FROMAN

  It's sad that you totally looked over who 'pulled out' what and when before replying to this thread. I'm not boring enough to start a political conversation where there is none, I will however argue if neccessary.  

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

5/3/13 5:20 PM by ABE FROMAN


Strykr619 site profile image  

5/3/13 5:12 PM by Strykr619

Its sad that you pull out the "gop" card when the numbers don't lie. It can't be a coincidence that states with the largest legacy costs (pensions+social programs) are also the same states that legislatures (Governor's for the most part are moot when it comes to finance since in the end it isn't them who actually pass a budget) are largely DOMINATED by Democrats. NY is shooting its self in the foot by blocking mma legislation simple because they are losing out on tax revenue. 1 billion a year is a pretty realistic number if you look at home much tax revenue is brought in from hotels , tickets sale etc etc. Unions for the most part are losing the PR war for one reason only. They overestimate there importance.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

5/3/13 5:07 PM by ABE FROMAN

Am I that guy or am I the Liberal boogy man that guys like you claim everybody is when they don't agree with you?  Your people lost the election, your party has to be restructured so people you originally hated think you like them now, and you live in THE Blue state. You're paranoid like Charlie Sheen at a drug test.  

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

5/3/13 5:07 PM by ABE FROMAN

TTT for Unicorns in New York.

SamboMMA site profile image  

5/3/13 5:01 PM by SamboMMA

LOL @ the guy who watches Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow talking out of his ass again.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

5/3/13 4:54 PM by ABE FROMAN

LOL @ the Limbaugh nerd who can't even manage a quote on an Internet forum calling anybody a tard. Guys like you can't manage a conversation about Cheetos without adding overhead about media bias and Liberalism. No matter what you think, nobody likes you. They avoid your conversations like somebody was shooting at them, especially in NY where you might as well be a unicorn.    

SamboMMA site profile image  

5/3/13 4:47 PM by SamboMMA

<blockquote>ABE FROMAN - <blockquote>SamboMMA - <blockquote>ABE FROMAN - Lol, let me guess, foreignor or southerner? Better koolaid than clueless. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/></blockquote><br /> I'm a lifelong NY'er and what the Democrats have done to the state. LOL. The only clueless one is you. The state is nearly bankrupt.</blockquote><br /><p> Then you're a lifelong fool with Hannity-style talking points and bullshit to match.</p><p> It's hilarious how someone with down the line Republican traits can jump on a thread and tell everybody else to think like him and then they have a clue. Oh wait, it's not.</p><p> I know your angles before you state them, save it, outcast.</p><p>  </p></blockquote><br /> LOL@ The MSNBC tard accusing anyone of using talking points. Man those Public Schools really brainwashed you.