Dana White Blasts Fighters Who Want Hand Picked Opponents
Dana White on the latest edition of the UFC Unfiltered podcast, discussed his issues with fighters who hand pick opponents, and seemingly duck from the spotlight.
“Listen, I get into these things where this is the fight business and the UFC is the elite of the elite in mixed martial arts,” White said to Matt Serra and Jim Norton. “You get into these situations where you get these guys that don’t want to fight certain people and if you don’t want to fight certain people, this probably isn’t the place for you.
“I’m looking for people that want to be world champions that want to f****** fight the best in the world, and if you’re not that guy, then there’s plenty of other places where you can go and make money. This place isn’t for you.”
“That’s what I’ve run into with a few guys. You’re going to see more of it. There’s more coming today. I’m not f**king around anymore here. If you don’t want to fight, don’t sign here. If you want to hand pick fights, don’t sign a contract here. This isn’t the right place for you.”
White, who has been at the helm of the company for a majority of the company’s 25 year existence, has been known to butt heads with fighters who would want to have more control over their careers, such as Randy Couture who would have friction with White for years.
“Very rare that this happened in the old days,” White said. “Guys came out and fought whoever they had to fight next and that was the way it went. These new guys come out and want to hand pick fights and do this stuff, that’s not gonna work for you here.”
“You’re here to fight and you’re here to become a world champion. If that is not what you are here for, this is not the place for you. You can go many other places. They’re paying guys great money out there right now and a lot of times you can go out there and make more money than you’re making here. Knock yourself out because that’s where you belong. You don’t belong here.”