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“Anti-Chinese Government Stuff” to Blame For UFC 111 Poster Airbrushing, Says Dana White

(Now you see some incoherent scrawling, now you don’t.)

Whether you’re putting together a fight poster or the cover of Teen Vogue, airbrushing is just something you do.  I mean, you didn’t think Georges St. Pierre‘s cheekbones were really that breathtaking, did you?  But UFC 111 is the first time in recent memory that a fighter’s tattoos have been airbrushed out.  Above you see one version of the UFC 111 poster featuring Dan Hardy‘s Sanskrit tattoo of a Tibetan Buddhist prayer, and another version with his stomach looking as clean as the belly of a starless Sneetch.  So what gives?

According to what Dana White told fans at a Q&A session in Toronto today, it’s because he doesn’t want any trouble with the Chinese government, which, if you hadn’t heard, is kind of sensitive to anything having to do with Tibet.  As White explained:

"I’m trying to get into China. I don’t need anti-Chinese government stuff on my fighters."

In the March issue of Fight Magazine, Hardy explains that the tattoo — which reads "Om mani padme hum," and supposedly means, "Hail the jewel in the lotus" — serves two purposes.

"Basically, the jewel is the enlightenment within the lotus, the lotus being the mind.  It’s a Tibetan Buddhist prayer for ‘Stay focused, keep walking the path you’re supposed to be walking on, and eventually you’ll achieve the enlightenment within your mind.’  It was kind of that and kind of the fact that I’ve never had abs, so I thought I could just cover that area with ink."

I think now we see why, when faced with the choice between letting Hardy express some crap about the lotus and doing whatever is necessary not to make his struggle to break into a country with over a billion potential UFC fans any harder than it needs to be, DW opted to give Hardy the gift of abs via the magical powers of airbrushing. 

Now if only he could do something about Brock Lesnar‘s chest phallus, which is grievously insulting to Hindus, the UFC might be the biggest thing to hit India since plate tectonics.

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Shank Murwyn- March 31, 2010 at 4:44 am
Dan Hardy`s tattoo maybe in Sanskrit, but it ain´t sans critique. (Expletive) hell, i´m so whitty it huuuurrrtssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LET IT RAIN- March 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm
Chinese government opinions aside. if i were running a multimillion dollar business and was trying to tap this market, i would suck it up and do it also to get my foot in the door. As Going Tank put it ever so politely though, "This is a sad fucking slippery slope that could've all been avoided if Dana White just said it was for cosmetic reasons that Hardy's tattoo got airbrushed."
JCVD as Timecop- March 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Browse the Guardian website for five minutes, and you'll find a handful of stories about westerners being arrested for kissing in public, and at least one about a western woman getting in trouble for not being dressed conservatively enough. Not to say she wasn't wearing a bikini or something, but it's like 35C there at all times... can you blame a white girl?
robthom- March 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm
"Are You fucking serious dude?"

As serious as your dad at a truckstop restroom.
ReX13- March 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm
best_blank_ever>> hey man, no need to be all douchey about it. We don't take kindly to assholes around here...

More directly, i believe i remember something about the UAE being a bit more conservative than some westerners were prepared for--including being arrested for skinny dipping and even kissing in public. Yes, they are more progressive than Iran, but so is Brock Lesnar. I am also curious about what the Octagon Girls will be wearing--if they make the trip at all. I don't claim to know for sure, but i thought his question was a valid one.

On the other hand, your contention that there is no Chinese food in China is ridiculous. I suppose that next you'll try telling us that kitties and pandas aren't delicious when properly prepared.
justscrappin- March 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm
OOOH.....OOOOH....I just thought of something else....if Dana gets the Chinese to back him...maybe the UFC PPVs will cost a third of the price. Didn't think of that did you "enlightened public."
justscrappin- March 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm
For those of you not impressed with know they make whatever you want them to for a third of the price right? You call yourselves americans. This country was built upon taking advantage of hardworking, dumb people who don't know their own worth...for the benefit of the few. If you guys want to go live somewhere, where people are on a level playing field...move to the Netherlands....I think. It's like really chill there...right? Anywho....Dana is just a enterprising muthaf@#$ka...and he runs the I think you should let the man run the show...OK?
P.S. No one ever accused Dana of having the political knowledge of Dennis Miller....but he has successfully brought big tattooed guys willing to physically destroy each other in a confined area, into our homes for our viewing pleasure.....please don't fuck this up for us.
Best_Blank_Ever- March 24, 2010 at 11:49 am
Harry Nips, there's no such thing in China as "Chinese food". China is a diverse land with 5 major culinary regions, each boasting different syles, ingredients, and approaches. Within each of those regions, there are dozens of variants and riffs on each style, and much fusion cuisine throughout. You only find "Chinese food" here in the U.S. in strip malls and food courts.

Geez, people, don't you read anything besides Cage Potato? Don't you go anywhere besides the bar for monthly pay per views? There's a whole freakin' world out there.

Now I return to my widgets.
Best_Blank_Ever- March 24, 2010 at 11:45 am
whatever. are you trolling, or are you serious?

Abu Dhabi, part of the United Arab Emirates, is very open to Western ideas and approaches (money). Women can dress pretty much how they want. Yes, there are some in the Emirate who are strict Muslims, but the majority attitude there is live and let live.

Not all Middle Eastern countries are run by the Taliban, or are like Saudi Arabia. You could have learned this yourself by remembering that GFE isn't just what you pay your hooker extra for--it also stands for Google F'ing Exists. So does wikipedia.

Get educated, my man.
Harry Nips- March 24, 2010 at 9:30 am
I've always wondered what chinese people eat for breakfast. Is it eggs & bacon, cereal, or do they just eat chinese food every meal of the day? Think on that one for a minute.
P.S. no mom jokes
Fried Taco- March 24, 2010 at 9:29 am
I think Dana was really sending a secret message to the Dalai Lama to stop hitting him up for tickets to UFC events.
imakeutap- March 24, 2010 at 8:29 am
going tank and banner pretty much nailed it, like my grand pappy use to always say, "the god damn chinese will be the end of us all"
whatever.- March 24, 2010 at 8:09 am
Serious question: Are the ring girls going to Abu Dhabi? Will they be wearing burqas?
ReX13- March 24, 2010 at 7:23 am
Crap Factory & Jose Monkey (and Ben)

Yes, Sneetches is a favorite in our house as well.
JoseMonkey- March 24, 2010 at 7:15 am
Just checking in to give Ben props for the Sneetch reference. Well done.
Kellenavalanche- March 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

"I think the Brock likes his chest cock.

I mean he apparently met a decent Tattoo artist somewhere along the line to get the ones on his back done."

Are You fucking serious dude?
Kellenavalanche- March 24, 2010 at 6:37 am
"the UFC might be the biggest thing to hit India since plate tectonics."

Joedirt- March 24, 2010 at 5:41 am
David Banner.... well put.
Crap Factory- March 24, 2010 at 5:34 am
Above you see one version of the UFC 111 poster featuring Dan Hardy's Sanskrit tattoo of a Tibetan Buddhist prayer, and another version with his stomach looking as clean as the belly of a starless Sneetch.

I just read that book to my son. :)
David_Banner- March 24, 2010 at 3:14 am

Thanks Dana for reinforcing Chinas belief that the free world will always spread its ass cheeks when a stack of bills is waved in its face. Instead of being like Google and realizing China IS NOT the only Country in Asia where truckloads of money exists that don't require trading Chickens and Cows as currency, you pander to unspoken requests and welcome censorship as a sacrifice OTHERS will have to make, to make you and the bang bros richer...

Next time you address Military personnel at one of those banquets where they honor you for giving a war veteran that lost his legs in Iraq free tickets to a UFC, ask them if theres anything wrong with comprimising American values of freedom and free speech so you can "break into the Chineese Market".. I'd be curious as to what they say and if you get invited back, ever.
robthom- March 24, 2010 at 12:49 am
This is true.
I suppose dana can send that poster to china now but he still cant broadcast the card it promotes there while Hardy runs around with a government frowned upon tattoo on his stomach.

Shit, what if hardy became 170 champ? Then dana would never be able to bring drunken frat boy hat grabbing and skater metal to 1.3 billion chinese.

Maybe dana can just have it removed from hardy's body too. Or tattoo a giant veiny dick over it.
ghostboner- March 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm
Uh, who gives a shit? It's not like the tattoo isn't still on his gut. Calm down.
dham4201- March 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm
Dear Dana,

Fuck China
Bloodlust- March 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm
White may have just hit a new low. What a piece of shit.
Tai-Pan- March 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm
So what Dana White is supposed to be the great arbitrar of justice in China now? Gimme a break.