Dana Lectures Sonnen And Silva For Brawl, Kicks Dida Off TUF Show
Last week, we watched Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen come to blows on the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil set. And no matter how you feel about the confrontation, or who was to blame for it, we all knew that Dana White would have a thing or two to say about the melee. And – being the Dana White we all know and love – he wasted no time in doing so, sitting down with both men a week later via a video conference call.
Here’s a rundown of the meeting that Dana called with both coaches, and what he had to say about it all.
“I’ll start with Dida. I’d like for you to leave the show. You have to leave. You’re going to leave the show,” said White. “What you did yesterday was a disgrace. Sucker punching Chael while he’s down on the ground with Wanderlei, that’s not what this sport is about. And you’re going to have to leave the show. You should probably be arrested to be honest with you. I’d like for you to leave.”
White then turned his attention to the coaches, Silva and Sonnen.
“Now you two knuckleheads. I get it. You guys don’t like each other. It’s fun. It’s great. We’ve been flying around the world for years trying to get this sport regulated. Even down in Brazil, where this sport started, people thought this sport was full of thugs and gorillas. And that’s exactly what you acted like yesterday,” said White.
“Listen, if you two want to fight for free, I’d love to not pay ya. That would be (expletive) great! You’re professional athletes who get paid lots of money to compete against one another to find out who is the best. If you would like to fight for free, that would be (expletive) awesome,” continued the UFC president.
“I would assume you wouldn’t want to do that, right? You guys are on a competition mentoring young fighters on what they should do and how they should act. And you two acted like a couple of jackasses yesterday. Congratulations,” White said, as he berated both men for their actions.
“Please do me a favor and show the sport that you are in some respect, show yourselves some respect, and let’s keep this thing cool for the rest of the season please.”
Sonnen and Silva had very little to say during the conference, only muttering a barely audible “Yes” and “Okay”.
By Jim Chadwick | Twitter