Setting The Record Straight: Dana White on the removal of wrestling from the Olympics | UFC NEWS
Earlier today, BJPenn.com posted a quote from UFC president Dana White, in regards to wrestling being removed from the Olympics starting in 2020. The quote from White stated, “this sport draws, wrestling doesn’t”. While he did in fact say those words, it’s important to see all of what he said in the way it was intended. Besides immediately calling it’s removal “crazy”, he talked about how great the sport is, skill wise for MMA, and how life changing it’s been for many wrestlers. He also spoke about how this could be the natural evolution of MMA, and that it could be the beginning of MMA in the Olympics. All of this was in regards to being television friendly, selling tickets, and from an entertainment perspective. How the whole statement actually reads is, “The problem is nobody wants to watch it. Any sport especially these days, it’s about selling tickets, and eyeballs, and viewers and all these other things.” “What this could be is the evolution of mixed martial arts becoming an Olympic sport,” White said. “We bring spectators, eyeballs, whether it’s on TV or whatever it is this sport draws, wrestling doesn’t.”
Dana White and the UFC have been huge supporters of wrestling, so it’s very unfair to show what he said from a negative perspective, especially when he’s showing support for wrestling in the very video he was quoted. With that said, BJPenn.com would like to apologize for the confusion the quote caused. His true support can be verified by all the wrestling programs he’s assisted. Just ask the McNair High School wrestling team, who received a $10,000 grant from the UFC when they came to Atlanta in 2012 for UFC 145. Still not convinced? Check out the video from the pre fight video scrum for UFC On Fuel TV 7, and see for yourself.