De La Hoya Continues Feud With White
While the initial event of Golden Boy MMA could be considered unsuccessful, Oscar De La Hoya is not looking to get out of the MMA game anytime soon.
The first Golden Boy MMA event on November 24th of this year in Los Angeles featured a card headlined by Tito Ortiz dropping Chuck Liddell in the first round with an undercard of lesser known fighters. The pay-per-view numbers coming in at a disappointing 40,000 buys, many wondered if there would be a second event.
Another attack on the event was allowing a 48-year old Chuck Liddell to fight on the card, after being in active for a decade. The biggest criticism came from UFC president Dana White, who is close friends with Liddell and called De La Hoya a “coke head” and a “junkie,” continuing their bitter feud..
“First of all, what I said, not about him personally, just about the business, is that fighters come up to me and say ‘we don’t get paid enough, UFC just sold for four billion dollars and we’re struggling.’ Look I’m not attacking his persona, I’m not attacking him personally. If he wants to attack me personally for what happened 15 years ago… I’ve made myself better and done the work to make myself the person I am today,” De La Hoya told ESPN in response to White.
“I work hard to build my business and take care of my fighters, are you doing the same? Why are so many fighters complaining? I’m getting to a point where I was going to promote one event, Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell. Why are they still fighting at this age? Because Dana White doesn’t pay them enough.
“There are 40-50 UFC fighters calling me and I respect their contracts but once those fighters are free agents I’m going to take those calls. I’m going to compete with Dana White.”
Quotes Transcribed by Boxing Scene