Dana White: ‘It’s not my job to make the whole f******* world watch fights’
An issue that the UFC has been having with fans in recent years in the rapid increase in the number of fights put on every year. It went from there being roughly one fight a month in 2005, to having 33 fights in 2013, to what will be 50 fights this year. Many fight fans feel that the over production of fights leads to more watered down and uninteresting fight cards.
When Dana White spoke to 5th Round, he made it perfectly clear that he does not feel the same way, and has some advice for those complaining about too many cards and smaller weight classes being in the spotlight.
“So it’s my job to make everybody in the whole f—ing world watch a fight?” asked White. It’s an impossible job … Demetrious Johnson is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Like Joe Rogan says, he’s the fastest fighter in the sport, and a lot of other great attributes. You’re either a fight fan and you want to watch this guy fight, or you don’t. There’s a certain amount of people that do, there’s a certain amount of people that don’t. We’re doing 50 fights a year.
“It did well, for a division they say that sucks.”.
“Demetrious will headline another pay-per-view, he’s the champion. He could fight on FOX, too. Cain Velasquez fought on FOX. Anybody could fight on FOX. Anybody could fight on pay-per-view.
“Demetrious Johnson is not a problem. I know it’s fun to talk about. It’s fun to try to say, ‘Demetrious doesn’t sell.’ Demetrious does sell. There’s a group of people that want to watch Demetrious fight, and they bought that pay-per-view. There’s a group of people that don’t want to watch him fight. Then you don’t watch him fight. We have a lot of fights. You can handpick which ones you want to watch and which ones you don’t want to watch.”