Classic Figure of MMA Don Frye shares his thoughts about Dana White on the MMA Hour. He recently got caught up on a twitter war with Dana White and was asked
Why such hostility for Dana? Do you think he has not given back to the sport? That he’s not paying the fighters well? Where is this coming from?
“Like I said the other day, my generation, I got caught up in this internet stuff and squabbles and all that. My generation don’t really do that. I’m not doing it anymore, so, as far as I’m concerned, Dana who? You know? I’m done with it. If he wants to sit down over a beer and talk face to face, because I’m not playing this bullshit game anymore.”
Have you ever met Dana? Have you had problems with him in the past or is this something that come up recently?
“When he first bought, or when the Fertitta brothers first purchased UFC. I had an interview with him and it didn’t go anywhere and next thing I know he is bad mouthing me on the internet, so, like a dumbass, I started bad mouthing him. So I’m done with it now, Dana Who?”
You can’t deny what he’s done for the sport. A lot of people say if it wasn’t for Dan and the Fertitas we wouldn’t even be talking about MMA right now right?
“Look, it’s the Fertitta’s checkbook, Joe Silva doing the bookings, ok? That is all there is to it. Those three guys are very respectable. You don’t hear any of them cussing or calling anybody, you know, foul language. Those three guys are good guys and they run the organization.”
You have to respect what he’s done for the sport – I mean he’s done his job
“Why, why? If he doesn’t respect what I’ve done for the sport, why in the hell should I respect, you know, that he is using someone else’s money and somebody else’s booking intelligence?”
Do you think he doesn’t respect what you’ve done for the sport in the past?
No I don’t. Look at the way he talks about me and all that. If he does respect me, then I’ll never say anything bad about him again, I’m trying not to now.”
Don Frye “The Predator” is one of MMA’s early stars and most recognized fighters. He is considered one of the original “cross-trained” MMA competitors because of his multiple disciplines; boxing, wrestling, and Judo. A tournament win at the UFC 8 unfolded a new career, world-wide fame earned from professional wrestling in Japan, and a dip in the waters of acting. He holds notable victories over Ken Shamrock, Gary Goodridge (twice), Tank Abbot and Gilbert Yvel.