Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast this week, UFC President Dana White unleashed a virulent tirade targeting Oscar De La Hoya and Tito Ortiz for allowing Chuck Liddell to fight again — and ultimately be knocked out again.
“Listen, I love Chuck Liddell and I don’t ever want to badmouth Chuck Liddell,” White said (transcript via MMANytt). “People do think I’m badmouthing Chuck Liddell , but the reality is, first of all, let’s says this first, I heard last week that the cokehead, ‘Oscar Del La Weirdo’ is talking s***, that I don’t have any place to tell guys when to retire. First of all, it’s called friendship you f***ing cokehead. I’ve been friends with Chuck Liddell for 20 years and the reality is that Chuck Liddell retired when he should’ve retired, 8 or 9 years ago, whenever it was.
“Chuck Liddell is 50-years-old and has no business fighting anymore and the fact that the State of California even let that fight happen is disgusting, it’s disgusting,” he continued. “Chuck Liddell is a huge superstar and has a great legacy in this sport. So of course, as a friend, anyone that claims to be a friend of Chuck Liddell and was anywhere near this fight is full of s***. They aren’t a friend of Chuck Liddell. To let him go in and fight this fight. It’s terrible.”
“Tito and Oscar Del La Dummy were made for each other. Those two f***ing nut heads. First of all, Tito said ‘You guys want to get paid? Come over to Golden Boy MMA.’ Are you kidding me? Hey, you wait my brother, you wait to see how all this pans out. Everybody is going to be suing everybody in a couple of months. There was no money made over there. Del La Hoya is a moron. An absolute moron and I don’t know how Chuck allowed himself to get talked into this s***.”
It did not take long for Tito Ortiz to respond to Dana White’s meltdown.
Ortiz issued his response on Instagram.
“[Dana White] I appreciate everything you have done for the me & the sport, in my humble opinion I don’t feel Chuck & I were compensated correctly for all that we gave & sacrificed for the company,” Tito Ortiz said. “When you sold the company for over 4.5 billion dollars how much of that did Chuck and I get ? Nothing…. I’m trying to build something new and rewarding for the sport! This is not about you, it is not about me… I want it to be about the fighters & giving them the opportunity to share in all the rewards this business has to offer to where they don’t have to fight when they are 43 & 48.”
What do you make of the heat between Tito Ortiz, Oscar De La Hoya and Dana White?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/27/2018.