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4/17/12 6:30 PM
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On Saturday the irreverent MMA website CagePotato did a piece on the UFC becoming Jon Jones' official clothing sponsor for his UFC 145 showdown with 'divorced' former teammate Rashad Evans. The story included a reference to UFC President Dana White betting $500,000 on Jones.

Should Dana White or any promoter bet on a fighter on a card they promote, the result at the very least would be a suspension of promoter license by any legitimate Athletic Commission. The issue is perhaps even more sensitive as the UFC majority owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta own sports books through their Station Casinos; Station does not accept wagers on UFC fights.

The UFC reacted swiftly, issuing this release.

Zuffa, LLC, dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), today announced that it served a demand for retraction upon the parent entities and executives of the website CagePotato regarding certain false and defamatory statements attributed to UFC® President, Dana White, in an April 14th website posting.

As detailed in the formal demand for a retraction prepared by UFC® attorney, Donald J. Campbell of the Las Vegas law firm, Campbell & Williams:

"The claim that Mr. White would financially wager on the outcome of a UFC® event is outrageous in the extreme. Indeed, in the verified complaint we are presently preparing for Mr. White's signature upon his return from Abu Dhabi, Mr. White expressly states under oath that at no time in the history of his association with the UFC® has he ever financially wagered on the outcome of a UFC® event."

Mr. Campbell further explained that under Nevada law a demand for retraction is the first required step in the filing of a lawsuit seeking punitive damages against a party that has maliciously published defamatory statements about another.

Today CagePotato managing editor Ben Goldstein issued a retraction and apology, and removed the story from the site:

Retraction: Dana White Has Never Financially Wagered on the Outcome of a UFC Event

On Saturday, we published a post about the UFC’s sponsorship of Jon Jones for his upcoming fight against Rashad Evans, which included a satirical caption about UFC president Dana White betting money on the fight. The caption was intended to be a joke, and we were confident that it would interpreted that way by our readers. Earlier today, we received a press release announcing that the UFC and Dana White are demanding a retraction “regarding certain false and defamatory statements attributed to UFC® President, Dana White.” As the release stated:

“The claim that Mr. White would financially wager on the outcome of a UFC® event is outrageous in the extreme. Indeed, in the verified complaint we are presently preparing for Mr. White’s signature upon his return from Abu Dhabi, Mr. White expressly states under oath that at no time in the history of his association with the UFC® has he ever financially wagered on the outcome of a UFC® event.”

CagePotato doesn’t contest any part of this request; we hereby retract the line in question, which has since been removed from our site. Again, the caption wasn’t published with any malicious intent whatsoever, but we understand that Dana White’s reputation would be harmed if our readers actually believed that he bets on the UFC’s matches. Once again, Dana White does not bet on his own fights, and he never has. We apologize for any misunderstanding the caption may have caused.

Later, in an interview with USAToday's Sergio Non, Goldstein sounded a contrary note.

"This is just so silly that I want to print this retraction and get this behind us," Goldstein said. "I have no problem saying on our website, 'Look, it's just a joke. We didn't mean it to be intended this way.' I'm just not interested in turning this into some sort of beef with UFC. It's really not that important to me."

"Maybe it's something that hits very close to home for him. He doesn't want to be seen as someone who would ever bet on his own fights. ... I can respect that, because if people started believe that the head of UFC was actually betting on his own fights, that's a serious allegation."

"MMA fans in general understand this is obviously just a joke, and for Dana White to take it personally and make such a big deal of it is kind of silly."

"I have no problem swallowing my ego and apologizing for a joke. But if it turns out that they want to set their lawyers on us on a regular basis because of satirical captions we write on our website, then we'll fight back. We'll get our own lawyers involved and defend ourselves. ... We're not going to change the way we do business."

CagePotato writer Jason Moles reached out to White via twitter to get a temperature reading:

@TheJasonMoles
@DanaWhite Here is @CagePotatoMMA's retraction. http://t.co/g4YtG4gZ We cool?

White's response was characteristically blunt.

Dana White
@TheJasonMoles not even close


4/17/12 6:33 PM
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another vendetta by dana for what was clearly satire. he'll get nothing.
4/17/12 6:39 PM
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Never in the history of sports have I ever seen the head of something hold so many grudges. I guess they are right,  absolute power corrupts absolutely. You can have people apologize and still expect them to continue to kiss your ass as long as you control their sport.

We're lucky he doesn't control anything BESIDES a fighting sport.
  
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 This really seems like a major overreaction. Maybe he's just sensitve right now because the UFC is getting flack over sponsoring Jon Jones.
4/17/12 6:43 PM
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Lmao, fuck cage potato they deserve it and I hopr they go out of business.


WAR Dana!
4/17/12 6:44 PM
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ABE FROMAN - Never in the history of sports have I ever seen the head of something hold so many grudges. I guess they are right,  absolute power corrupts absolutely. You can have people apologize and still expect them to continue to kiss your ass as long as you control their sport.

We're lucky he doesn't control anything BESIDES a fighting sport.<br type="_moz" />  


I don't see why DFW shouldn't be upset at a website's blatant attempt at self-promotion to gain page views and attention at his reputation's expense. Don't bite the hand that feeds you content and press passes.
4/17/12 6:45 PM
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The playboy thing reallllly pissed him off. Lol. Phone Post
4/17/12 6:45 PM
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That sites sucks number 1.

Second i think he was right to be pissed and want a retraction and he got it.

He should let it go now, why bother going after them more over this, you got what you wanted, they retracted the story.
4/17/12 6:48 PM
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ABE FROMAN - Never in the history of sports have I ever seen the head of something hold so many grudges. I guess they are right,  absolute power corrupts absolutely. You can have people apologize and still expect them to continue to kiss your ass as long as you control their sport.

We're lucky he doesn't control anything BESIDES a fighting sport.
I don't see why DFW shouldn't be upset at a website's blatant attempt at self-promotion to gain page views and attention at his reputation's expense. Don't bite the hand that feeds you content and press passes.
He should be to an extent but you can tell that it was meant to be a joke, apologizing for a joke that went wrong is the right thing to do, they did it.

Holding onto it is just petty, and maybe I wouldn't feel like it wasn't so petty if the past didn't illustrate how long Dana will keep a grudge.

Cagepotato will become his new Sherdog, quote me on this, he always does the same thing. He will try to destroy these guys.
   
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Humphrey - another vendetta by dana for what was clearly satire. he'll get nothing.


He's already got them to retract the story and issue an apology, so no, you're wrong.


The apology was good but then the guy started getting feisty and lippy when he should have just left it at the deserved apology. He undermined the apology he gave, that was owed.

Don't insult somebody and then get defensive about the fact that you fucked up.
4/17/12 6:50 PM
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Chillax Dana. They made a mistake, manned up, and admitted it was wrong of them to due. wasn't intentional so back the f off. Phone Post
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ABE FROMAN - Never in the history of sports have I ever seen the head of something hold so many grudges. I guess they are right,  absolute power corrupts absolutely. You can have people apologize and still expect them to continue to kiss your ass as long as you control their sport.

We're lucky he doesn't control anything BESIDES a fighting sport.
  

hes like a character out of game of thrones..
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Humphrey - another vendetta by dana for what was clearly satire. he'll get nothing.


He's already got them to retract the story and issue an apology, so no, you're wrong.

it's a retraction... it's nothing. i'm referring to the obvious fact that the bloodthirsty dana is setting them up for a lawsuit. Satire is completely legal.
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Humphrey - another vendetta by dana for what was clearly satire. he'll get nothing.


He's already got them to retract the story and issue an apology, so no, you're wrong.


The apology was good but then the guy started getting feisty and lippy when he should have just left it at the deserved apology. He undermined the apology he gave, that was owed.

Don't insult somebody and then get defensive about the fact that you fucked up.


he didn't owe them shit. and he did it so it would just be done, just as he said.
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ABE FROMAN - Never in the history of sports have I ever seen the head of something hold so many grudges. I guess they are right,  absolute power corrupts absolutely. You can have people apologize and still expect them to continue to kiss your ass as long as you control their sport.

We're lucky he doesn't control anything BESIDES a fighting sport.

hes like a character out of game of thrones..
Dana Lannister?

"UFC: WE DO NOT SOW!!!!!!"
 
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Damn it feels good to be a lannister
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I mostly like Dana and respect what he has done for MMA, but he can be awfully petty at times. NOBODY that saw that caption thought that it was anything other than a joke.

So now Dana is going to hold a grudge against a satirical website? Seriously? A real man would accept the retraction/apology and move on. A petty, insolent brat wouldn't. I guess we'll see which one Dana is.
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ABE FROMAN - Never in the history of sports have I ever seen the head of something hold so many grudges. I guess they are right,  absolute power corrupts absolutely. You can have people apologize and still expect them to continue to kiss your ass as long as you control their sport.

We're lucky he doesn't control anything BESIDES a fighting sport.
i think pavolich has got dana beat in regards to holding grudges
The difference is that Pavolich's grudges don't put anybody's livihoods in jeopardy, lol
 
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Humphrey - another vendetta by dana for what was clearly satire. he'll get nothing.


He's already got them to retract the story and issue an apology, so no, you're wrong.


The apology was good but then the guy started getting feisty and lippy when he should have just left it at the deserved apology. He undermined the apology he gave, that was owed.

Don't insult somebody and then get defensive about the fact that you fucked up.


he didn't owe them shit. and he did it so it would just be done, just as he said.


If he said it so that "it would just be done" then he should have left it at "done" and not essentially gone back on it.

He did owe Dana an apology though. Why is it ok to say he bet $500 000 on a fight when he didn't? Apology owed, given, then essentially retracted. Hopefully Dana makes this guy pay.
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I'm tempted to make a 'Dana's greatest grudges' thread but I know for a fact it will get frozen.....lest he hold a grudge against this website too.
4/17/12 7:00 PM
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Imagine if Dana took the time he wasted on having that order drawn up and instead put it toward finding a way to to randomly start testing his fighters...
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How much money does dana pay his lawyers a day to scare some kids who own a satirical website and file sharers?

You would you think with all this scratch he could hire a VADA to do some real PED testing... Phone Post
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Othello - 
Humphrey - another vendetta by dana for what was clearly satire. he'll get nothing.


He's already got them to retract the story and issue an apology, so no, you're wrong.


The apology was good but then the guy started getting feisty and lippy when he should have just left it at the deserved apology. He undermined the apology he gave, that was owed.

Don't insult somebody and then get defensive about the fact that you fucked up.


he didn't owe them shit. and he did it so it would just be done, just as he said.


If he said it so that "it would just be done" then he should have left it at "done" and not essentially gone back on it.

He did owe Dana an apology though. Why is it ok to say he bet $500 000 on a fight when he didn't? Apology owed, given, then essentially retracted. Hopefully Dana makes this guy pay.

It wasn't a report stating he bet 500,000 on the fight it was a caption under a picture that was an obvious parody. Should Mad and Cracked Magazine pay all the people they parody? No, it is protected by law and he will not win in court and "Make this guy pay".
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Canooke - 
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Humphrey - another vendetta by dana for what was clearly satire. he'll get nothing.


He's already got them to retract the story and issue an apology, so no, you're wrong.


The apology was good but then the guy started getting feisty and lippy when he should have just left it at the deserved apology. He undermined the apology he gave, that was owed.

Don't insult somebody and then get defensive about the fact that you fucked up.


he didn't owe them shit. and he did it so it would just be done, just as he said.


If he said it so that "it would just be done" then he should have left it at "done" and not essentially gone back on it.

He did owe Dana an apology though. Why is it ok to say he bet $500 000 on a fight when he didn't? Apology owed, given, then essentially retracted. Hopefully Dana makes this guy pay.

It wasn't a report stating he bet 500,000 on the fight it was a caption under a picture that was an obvious parody. Should Mad and Cracked Magazine pay all the people they parody? No, it is protected by law and he will not win in court and "Make this guy pay".
I think Dana knows he won't win, but he can bankrupt CP with legal fees.

Suing someone is just legal chicken. Phone Post

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