White to SI: You should apologize and do your homework


When Chris Weidman beat Anderson Silva, some members of the hardcore fanbase were so stunned, and/or drunk, that they speculated Silva must have thrown the fight, escaping a tight heel hook, and then rolling his eyes back into his own head.

Unfathomably, Sports Illustrated employees Maggie Gray, Chris Mannix, Ted Keith, and Andrew Perloff all discussed the issue as if it was plausible, despite knowing nothing about MMA, being unable to pronounce Weidman's name correctly, or even having seen the fight.

"It wouldn't surprise me if it was happening in this UFC case," said Mannix. "I mean I just think it does happen a lot of times."

Andrew Perloff was stupider still.

"My first thought, when I read the results on Sunday morning... Yeah, that it made me nervous," he said. "But I would have thought they would have fixed it for Silva. But UFC, and correct me if I'm wrong, is even less regulated than boxing, right?"


It is all well and good to get liquored up and argue about allegations of cheating in, say, Shinty-Hurling, but Sports Illustrated is supposed to be held to a higher standard. Sports Illustrated is supposed to hire professionals, act professionally.

One thing a professional does is apologize when a major error is made. Thus it is no surprize that SI's Maggie Gray failed to apologize when UFC president Dana White today made an appearance on "SI Now."

In fact, Gray compounded the failure, by claiming the subject was discussed in general terms. This is not true. For example, Mannix said "It wouldn't surprise me if it was happening in this UFC case." Anyone who knows anything - anything at all - about mixed martial arts would in fact be surprized if Anderson Silva threw a fight, by rolling his eyes back into his head and making himself go unconscious.

As he did yesterday on ESPN 2, White blasted the SI staffers.

"I honestly thought you guys were calling to apologize because you were embarrassed at how ridiculous your show was," White told Gray. "Now as I sit here and talk to you, you're even more ridiculous."

"If you don't know anything about what you're talking about, you probably shouldn't talk about it. That sounds like a really good idea. That's why you've been getting smashed by fans and why I smashed you yesterday at ESPN. Because if you're going to talk about something, you might want to do your homework and know what you're talking about, or at least you might want to have at least seen the fight so somebody on that panel would have had half a brain to say, 'You know what, I saw the fight. The guy was viciously knocked out. How could that be fixed?'

"The conclusion of your roundtable should be that you guys should do your homework and understand exactly what it is you're talking about. And if nobody watched the fight that day, you should at least know the sport is regulated. At least know some general things about the sport. At least do your homework."

Thanks to MMAJunkie for transcription.


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7/20/13 11:20 PM by no-gi_JAMES420

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7/20/13 10:47 PM by 98lbweakling

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7/20/13 10:42 PM by SE555

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7/20/13 10:38 PM by WarWand9

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7/20/13 10:32 PM by SE555

That's the whole point. In BLAF's eagerness to control the market and mainstream the brand name "UFC", while doing so, now pegs that name 'UFC" with anything and all related to MMA. Including transexuals fighting, and now retards and dwarves, limbless wonders, stumpies, whatever other oddities out there exist. So freakin' weird a fixed fight between normal fighters would be seen as the norm.  'Yup, yar, that there UFC fightin' thang got weido ladyboys and midgets barring up". 'Always bet on the underdog with that UFC fighting". Blackjack anyone? Cunt have your cake and eat it.

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7/20/13 10:20 PM by Dana Stern

Dana and the UFC are more known and bigger then you think in sports. It's just some of these dinosaur, old school publications refuse to give them the respect and proper coverage they deserve. What Dana and the F. Brothers has done is more impressive then most head of sports orgs today.

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7/20/13 7:17 PM by KingofBJJ

One thing a professional does is apologize when a major error is made. Thus it is no surprize that SI's Maggie Gray failed to apologize when UFC president Dana White today made an appearance on "SI Now." -------------- Apologize to whom? White?  White and the UFC are small potatoes in the Sports world. Sure he is well known the small circle we call MMA, but to the general public he is about as well known as the National LaCrosse League Director. White is so pompus he forgets that SI ranked him 5th from the bottom of the 100 movers and shakers in Sports.  Even the US President ranked higher at 6th from the bottom.

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7/20/13 5:05 PM by Truemanc3

Well.... I know who I want to represent my sport!

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7/20/13 4:49 PM by MrBoone

awesome interview