White defends decision to cut Fitch

Thursday, February 21, 2013

“This is a fucking sport, just like any other sport,” said UFC President Dana White after the UFC 157 press conference (watch that here) earlier this afternoon. “It’s just like Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA or any other sport…. I was reading on Twitter that this is a travesty, like it’s a tidal wave that hit the biggest populated place on fucking planet Earth and wiped out tons of women and children and tons of innocent people. Give me a fucking break. This is a sport just like any other sport. (Charles) Woodson just got cut! The Green Bay Packers just cut Woodson, okay? And, one million other guys are getting cut, traded and everything else.”

“Jon Fitch is ranked number nine,” White explained. “He was ranked number one, he fought for the title, he was ranked number two, he was ranked number three, six, seven and now he is nine. That’s called the downside of your career. He’s on the downside. He’s lost two fights, one draw and won one fight.”

“The response that Jon Fitch has had is awesome — I’m glad that many people are behind him and support him,” he said. “That’s not a bad thing — good for him. And guess what’s going to happen? He will end up at Bellator — or one of these other organizations — and he will win a world title. He will smash every single guy over there.”

“People say all the time that I hated Jon Fitch and I’ve hated him forever and he’s been waiting to cut him since the video game deal,” he said. “Are you fucking shitting me? There is nobody in the history of this business that I hated more than Tito Ortiz…. He ended his career in the UFC…. No hard feelings. This whole Jon Fitch vs. Dana battle is so fucking overrated. I don’t have one ounce of hate for Jon Fitch. I don’t. I don’t hate the guy at all, I don’t even dislike him. Not even a little bit. I like Jon Fitch.”

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