“The only way it can be explained is it’s a string of horrible (expletive) luck. We don’t lose the first two guys on the (UFC 153) card falling out, we got the main (Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar) and co-main event (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira) falling out — which is the worst (expletive) thing that can happen. That’s what has been happening to us. It’s just bad luck… I’ve been so (expletive) tired of answering this question over the last couple of days about fighter insurance, there’s too many events, the lists goes on and on… The biggest (expletive) problem is we got too many rich guys. Too many guys that are rich as (expletive). Money is the biggest detriment to the fight business. Back in the old days when we were just getting going, dudes had to pay the (expletive) rent. Once the money starts to pile up. You get some of these guys who have a few million in the bank, getting punched in the face everyday isn’t too (expletive) cool. But when guys are (expletive) hungry and they want that (expletive) money and want to get out there and get more of it and more of it and more of it. Back in the old days, the guys were always in shape. When you’re hungry and you want to get to that level, that’s how these guys train. Then once you make a few dollars, I’m on vacation. I got to track guys down. He’s in the (expletive) jungle of Brazil. … It’s just not as easy as it used to be… Yes, I could put in the contracts, ‘You’re not driving a (expletive) motorcycle. But I’m not with him. If I say, ‘No (expletive) motorcycles,’ and a fighter rides a motorcycle anyway and hurts himself, what am I going to do? We can’t hurt him worse than he already hurt himself. Now he’s not going to make any money for a year-and-a-half. He’s not going to fight. He just lost a year-and-a-half of his career. He’s going to hurt himself more than I could ever hurt him.”
UFC president Dana White held a private media talk at the UFC headquarters recently and our buds over at mmafighting.com transcribed the entire session.