White: Boston is my city, we’ll be back
UFC Fight Night 26 was a great night of free fights, but UFC president Dana White faced so many headaches along the way to the Boston show that he questioned whether the organization would be back.
A Mass law had been passed requiring fighters to have a social security number, and although there was a path through for international fighters, it added difficulty to a difficult sport; Canadian Nick Ring even had to be removed from the card when he was unable to secure the proper documentation.
Then the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission opted to hold a special meeting after receiving a grievance from Unite Here, a union group that includes the notorious Culinary Union 226, arguing that main event fighter Chael Sonnen should not be be licensed based in part on the contents of his legendary trash talking.
Sonnen was of course ultmately licensed, but the union’s bizarre and underhanded tactics are nothing but an attempt to fatten their coffers, and need not be indulged.
Then, prodded by the union, Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy said the UFC teaches kids how to rape, and pushed for a ban on minors attending UFC events in Mass.
“It’s a great place to go hang out with my friends and eat, but not a great place to put on fights,” said White bluntly shortly before UFN 26.
However, MMAJunkie reports that White will be back.
“First of all I love this city, it’s a great city, it’s a great sports town, and I’ve had a blast since I got here,” said White. “I just want to point one thing out. In all the things said this week leading up to this fight, I wasn’t talking about the athletic commission here. I was talking about Commissioner Murphy. That’s who I was talking about.”
“I think a lot of good came out of this. We all know, we’ve been through this all week and talking about this, that the union came in here and got some union puppets fired up in this town, and they came after us. But when this whole thing is all resolved, I think everybody in the city of Boston, people like the athletic commission and people who are involved in combat sports here, love this event and want us to come back.”
“We will be back. This was a great experience. Don’t let all the stuff that was said earlier this week make you guys think. I love this city. This is my city. I love this city. Everything here was a huge success. It was great, and we’ll be back here.”