Dana White’s sharp-tongue was out in force as he responded to rival Oscar De La Hoya’s offer to fight him in a three-round boxing match.
Dana White grabbed the headlines the wake of Golden Boy MMA’s first dip into the mixed martial arts game – venting his disgust at pairing up the 43-year-old Tito Ortiz and the completely battle-worn Chuck Liddell, aged 48 and having not not fought in nine years.
“Chuck Liddell is almost 50 years old and has no business fighting anymore. Anybody who claims to be a friend of Chuck Liddell and was anywhere near this fight is full of shit. They’re not a friend of Chuck Liddell.
To let him go in and fight this fight is terrible. I hope somebody talks De La Hoya into fighting again, and I hope he gets knocked the fuck out just like Chuck Liddell was in the first round.”
De La Hoya fired back on ESPN’s First Take, criticising the UFC’s apparent underpayment of their athletes.
“If Dana White is going to keep criticizing me, then pay your fighters so they won’t have to be fighting when they’re 49-years-old. It’s as easy as that. And so, as long as Dana White’s not paying his fighters, I’m going to continue promoting MMA.”
He then proceeded to challenge the UFC head-honcho to a three-round boxing contest during an interview with Luke Thomas.
De La Hoya’s long and celebrated career in the sport would, of course, give him the advantage over someone of White’s experience but the 50lb weight advantage that the UFC president would bring with him to the ring would be enough to even the playing field according to ‘The Golden Boy’.
Speaking to Barstool Sports, Dana shot back at De La Hoya’s offer.
“I just heard him say on TMZ that he would kick my ass in the ring.
“Makes sense — this guy likes to see 50-year olds fight.
“So it makes sense that’s the fight that he would want to do.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena