Dana White Blasts Sports Illustrated: Do Your Homework
After UFC President Dana White blasted Sports Illustrated while appearing on ESPN2’s “Highly Questionable,” he made a Friday appearance on the publication’s own “SI Now,” where he continued his vocal condemnation of their coverage of UFC 162.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC President Dana White has never been one to hold back his words, especially when those words are aimed at a publication who suggested one of the UFC’s fights was fixed. Earlier today, White appeared on Sports Illustrated’s talk show, “SI Now,” to respond to a show from earlier this week where a discussion panel did just that. One panel member also questioned whether MMA was less regulated than boxing. All of this, it seems, rubbed Dana White the wrong way.
“I honestly thought you guys were calling to apologize because you were embarrassed at how ridiculous your show was,” White said on Sports Illustrated’s ‘SI Now.’ “Now as I sit here and talk to you, you’re even more ridiculous, and I’ll bet you this whole interview doesn’t see the light of day. If your producer’s smart, he’ll take this tape out and throw it in the garbage so the world can’t hear what I’m saying to you right now.”
White was talking to Maggie Gray, the reporter who moderated SI’s panel of writers last week as they discussed the possibility that the UFC 162 main event, which saw Chris Weidman upset Anderson Silva to win the middleweight belt, was fixed. While talking with White, she defended the panel discussion by arguing that reporters at UFC 162 had introduced the topic and the panel was simply having a general conversation. Additionally, she pointed out that the panel did not have an MMA expert on that day; this last piece of news launched another tirade from Dana White.
“If you don’t know anything about what you’re talking about, you probably shouldn’t talk about it. That sounds like a really good idea. That’s why you’ve been getting smashed by fans and why I smashed you yesterday at ESPN. Because if you’re going to talk about something, you might want to do your homework and know what you’re talking about, or at least you might want to have at least seen the fight so somebody on that panel would have had half a brain to say, ‘You know what, I saw the fight. The guy was viciously knocked out. How could that be fixed?’”
White was referring to his appearance on ESPN2’s “Highly Questionable,” where he interrupted the interview to blast Sports Illustrated for their panel discussion.
“The conclusion of your roundtable,” White said as he continued talking with Gray, “should be that you guys should do your homework and understand exactly what it is you’re talking about. And if nobody watched the fight that day, you should at least know the sport is regulated. At least know some general things about the sport. At least do your homework.”
An invitation was made to White to appear in person on “SI Now,” though no indication has been made if he will take that offer.