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Cerrone’s MMAAA Involvement Has Ruffled ‘Shocked’ Dana White’s Feathers

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: UFC president Dana White answers a question during the UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The UFC president appeared upset with being left in the dark by the popular welterweight regarding his instrumental role in the foundation of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association.

Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast on Tuesday (via MMA Junkie), White appeared to reluctantly accept the necessity for the recently established fighters union, but was bemused at what he feels is a lack of loyalty from ‘Cowboy’:

“At the end of the day, here’s the reality, fighters can go out and do whatever they want to do,” White said.

“They’re all grown men, man. In life, you know how it is, we all have these paths to walk down.

“I’m a little shocked that Cerrone didn’t give me a call. Let me tell you this, too: first of all, he’s only headlined like three fights (Fight Nights) in his career.

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Donald Cerrone waits for the start of his welterweight bout against Rick Story at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

“[Cerrone] never held a title in the WEC, never held a title in the UFC, and a couple years ago, he was on his boat, gets into a beef with a guy on another boat.

“He’s in trouble. Who does he call? He calls me. What do I do? I go out and find him the best criminal defence lawyer and I spent over $100,000 of my own money.

“When I see Cowboy standing up there, it’s like, ‘Alright. Really? Ok.’”

The one-time manager of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz could not contain his vitriol for MMAAA advisor and former Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, referring to him as a “scumbag – who knows nothing about our business” and a “piece of sh*t”, implying that Rebney’s involvement was strictly for personal financial gain.

“You do not want that guy [Rebney] in your pockets.”

You can listen to the full interview on UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra below.

Adam Haynes, Pundit Arena

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