Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya’s foray into MMA promotion has stirred the dormant savage in Dana White.
White blasted anyone and everyone that got in his way back in the day – including his own fighters. Nowadays, he’s much more diplomatic in the role of UFC president.
But Oscar’s debut show last month featuring Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell stoked tensions between the two promoters.
White offered an executive UFC position to friend Liddell once it became apparent that he was risking his long-term health. ‘The Iceman’ suffered a string of knockout losses towards the end of his UFC career.
Seeing Liddell competing in his late 40s disgusted White.
“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.”
“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.”
On the same show today, Dana invoked memories of his late 2000’s peak, tearing into De La Hoya’s accusations and volleying insults in one fell swoop.
He also challenged the ex-pugilist to a debate on an ESPN show, and to take a drug test for good measure.
Couple days ago Oscar De La Hoya said he's going after Dana White as a promoter and would welcome the chance to debate him in person on First Take or another ESPN show. Here's White accepting that challenge today. pic.twitter.com/sAjhmbpcn1
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 13, 2018