Is White’s Mouth Part of the Problem With MMA legalization in NY?

February 26, 2014 7:00 pm by Brett Auten

Love him or hate him, Dana White often speaks his mind in a bold and brash manner.

The legalization of MMA in the state of New York seems to be at a standstill and it could partly be due to the UFC president’s choice of words in the press.

According to, several prominent female legislators, particularly in the state Assembly, have raised concerns about what they see as violent and misogynistic messages emanating from the sport and its boosters, though supporters are quick to note the bill carries a handful of female sponsors.

Several labor unions have continued to support the ban, including Unite Here, an umbrella group locked in a longstanding dispute over non-union casinos in Las Vegas owned by the owners of UFC’s parent company.

Most recently, critics point to a comment last month from outspoken UFC President Dana White, who used a crude slang term when responding to criticism about the violence of MMA and football. Earlier this month, now-former UFC fighter Thiago Silva was arrested and charged with attempted felony murder in Florida after a standoff with a SWAT team; the charges were later reduced to aggravated assault.


The comment that is causing a stir was when White answered to criticism of the UFC as “too violent” with a rant that included calling such criticism the “pussification of America.”

The question remains; is White an asset or a liability when it comes to getting MMA in New York?

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