Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that he is interested in hosting more MMA shows under his banner after his first entry into the sport last month.
Liddell vs. Ortiz III was one of those rare occasions where the entire MMA community were in agreement on something. The fight was competitive in the most minimal sense of the word and when it ended with a first-round TKO win for Ortiz, the world of MMA as a whole were left with a collective sense of emptiness.
De La Hoya spoke to TSN (via Bloody Elbow) about the PPV buy-rate figures widely reported for the fight, claiming that they weren’t as below as they are believed to be.
“I mean look, first of all the LA Times is wrong. And second of all, they didn’t count our digital buys, which far exceeded the linear buys that we did.
“So, those reports are false.”
Turning his attention next to the near-unanimous disgust with the notion of seeing a 43-year-old fighting a 48-year-old who hadn’t fought since 2009 – De La Hoya took aim at the UFC president Dana White for what he perceives to be his underpayment of his fighters.
“If Dana White wants to criticize the fact that I put a show together for Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. It’s because they wanted to get paid. They wanted to make money.
“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.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena