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Dana White Alleges MMA Websites Are Taking Kickbacks from Other Promotions to Have Their Fighters Included on Rankings Lists


(Dana had to buy these dress shoes from a guy in the airport just so he could tell $kala to get his shine box, but it was worth it.)

In an interview on ESPN’s Bill Simmons’ podcast last week, Dana White made a pretty lofty claim that certain MMA websites are receiving money from his promotion’s competitors to include fighters on their pound-for-pound and weight-class restricted rankings lists.

Pointing to the inclusion of WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko on the majority of heavyweight and pound-for-pound lists, White stated that he emphatically believes that there is money changing hands between certain sites and particular fight organizations.

"He’s not even the best heavyweight in the world. To put him on the pound-for-pound list. I think some of these guys don’t even know what pound-for-pound means," White said. "It’s just so disrespectful to all the other fighters it’s crazy."


The UFC president, who owns a meager 10% share in the multi-billion dollar promotion, says that the majority of MMA news and blog sites are in the sport for the money…Hold on…I got brain freeze from my UFC Slurpee…OK…
Where was I?

I can count the number of MMA reporters that I know who make a living in the sport on two hands and the reality is that most writers work for free for years before they get their first payday, so I’m taking this comment with a grain of salt.

"Most of these goofy MMA sites, what you have to understand is, these guys are in it for the money. They get paid from all the smaller promotions. They get paid a lot of money from the smaller promotions. So they feel like they have to put some of their guys," asserted White. "That’s the way it works. It’s sick and drives me crazy. It’s not a real pound-for-pound list. Either they don’t know pound-for-pound is or the obvious is they’re being paid."

Although he didn’t name the sites that he alleges are involved in such shady practices, his comments were in direct response to Simmons’ inquiry about Sherdog’s current P-4-P list.

In his defense, White debated that his own fighter, Jon Fitch, and a fighter he has long coveted and may soon sign, Jake Shields, shouldn’t be on Sherdog’s list either.

I guess Dana forgot about all the controversy he created when he brought up the fact that his company had paid radio DJ Scott Ferrall to attend and favorably cover UFC events. Glass houses.



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ArmFarmer- June 3, 2010 at 4:59 am
The ufc paid Scott Feral?? Scott Feral would have to pay ME to listen to his incredibly annoying voice. I will never understand how that guy got behind a mic for affliction. I think he did more damage to affliction than Barnett did just by existing. That guy is a toolbag.
dranokills- June 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm
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fatbellyfrank- June 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm
Just one little question for Dana, exactly which heavyweights are being disrespected because Fedor is mentioned as a top 10 fighter?
And P4P, I am definitely the best fighter in my house, maybe once my daughters become teenagers they'll put up more of a fight
fatbellyfrank- June 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm
And sports drink, give em lots of sports drink
Mr_Misanthropy- June 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm
You forgot to feed them raw meat.
mt59801- June 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm
We need a fleet of CP black vans, 10lbs of meth, a secure location and an 8 sided cage. We'll kidnap them all, force them to abuse meth until all fighters weigh 99lbs then we'll make them fight to death for the one true glorious p4p belt.
Elentius- June 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm
@ Cecil

That is an excellent idea... I would watch it.
Elentius- June 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm
A. Silva does not even need to be 240. He can beat Fedor at the 220 he walks around at. I am not saying that because I am a Silva fan although I would be if he would just retire Liddell and/or beat Rua to get another belt. I do like him more since the last interview he was in though.
I don't really get the top ten anyway. There should just be 1 top p4p because how can there be more than one anyway?!
cecils_pupils- June 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm
There is only one way to settle this: we need the crew from Deadliest Warrior to create a computer program which would simulate fights between P4P fighters. Of course, adjustments would be made to ensure that they are in the same weight class - like 185 since that's right in the middle. Run the program for the potential top 25 P4P fighters, let 'er rip and see who's top 10...

until then, the debate rages on.
macreadysshack- June 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm
"I promise I will post one day without making any reference to Fedor."

Sorry for the plagiarism, Ninja. It's just that I promised awhile ago to post one day WITH making a reference to Fedor. Phew, and I said I wasn't going to get any work done today.
Ninja- June 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Dana will talk like this *until* Fedor joins the UFC. Then he will calmly walk over to Fedor, attach a hammock designed specifically for the occasion, and swing from his nuts until it stops making him money.

He is marketing his product as the premiere league. So he kind of has to discredit those that he can't book. Kind of kike the Italians and the Seria A. They have the attitude that if you haven't made it there you haven't made it anywhere.

I promise I will post one day without making any reference to Fedor.
mt59801- June 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Funny shit coming from an organization who's propped up and hand fed opponents to :
Tank Abbot
The entire gracie family
rampage
hendo
chuck
brock
every TUF fighter since the inception of the show
one A. silva and one W. silva
rich fucking franklin

*Some names have been omitted to save CP bandwith since they haven't gotten their shark fight or KOTC payment$ for june.
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Love me some novellas, with their fine assed(and tetas) latina women sleeping around like it's nobody's business

Just wish they had subtitles. Can you imagine?? "I would very much like to do you, but you're my husband's brother. Ahhh, screw it. Let's do this."
ReX13- June 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm
This post *is* potato nation.

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Almost North- June 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm
I don't see how my undeniable, prolific, and consistent douchebagery in any way should preclude reading my posts. Its not like I stand out around here.
macreadysshack- June 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm
I personally LIKE double posts that are the length of novellas. Almost North is a douche bag - don't listen to him.
Almost North- June 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm
I don't mean to diminish your impressively voluminous serious of posts (hell maybe I do) but all I can really focus on in the last one at is that you don't like KenFlo. Why not? That skinny fuck always comes to fight, doesn't talk a bunch of shit, and he played soccer football. You UK types all love that right? Much like how all Germans are blond engineers who secretly plan to invade Poland over large mugs of beer. Please inform me if my European stereotypes need updating.
WalksInTheDarkness- June 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm
I wish I was Fedor's kind of out of shape. Have you seen the videos of him doing crazy amounts of pull ups? Bodies don't win fights, ask Todd Duffee when he wakes up. When BJ went the distance with Lyoto Machida he was fighting at heavy weight or in common parlance, burger weight. When Cro Cop went the distance with Fedor both Bas and Quadros commented on the physiques of both fighters suggesting that Mirko had a He-man-esque figure at least with those massive legs of his.

And as for every light weight in the UFC being able to knock out every light weight fighter outside of the UFC surely you mean out wrestle? Gray Maynard has won his last 6 fights in the UFC by decision. Before his TKO of Hermes Franca, Tyson Griffin had won his last 5 fights by decision. As much as I dislike KenFlo, he does indeed "finish fights", the same with BJ Penn. The rest are too scared of recording a loss and being forced out of the title hunt and not having the same pay cheque as the champions. With the exception of his loss to Mark Bocek, Frankie Edgar hasn't finished an opponent since he's been in the UFC. So, aside from the one KO finish, I'm not sure he could actually knock out any of the other "lesser" competition.
Almost North- June 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm
You have to take everything he says with a dry sea bed worth of salt.

I've been watching some of the smaller UK promotions that i can find on (GASP) the internet and I agree they put on great shows for the most part. As for another major MMA promotion in the USA I just want it to be Bellator and not Strikeforce. They are the gallant and goofus of MMA organizations. One does everything right and one does everything wrong.
WalksInTheDarkness- June 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm
"Wait wait, this just in... Fedor signed by UFC. Dana changes his mind and considers him to be the best fighter in the world."

The guy is the world's biggest hypocrite but also runs the world's biggest MMA promotion. He is promoting his fighters. He is promoting his product. According to him if you're not in the UFC, you're not any good (although I have no idea where that leaves the WEC light weights). I hate the guy but he knows how to sell a product. He's turned the UFC around, he helped it buy it's competition. He's got ridiculous control of his fighters. He is a very clever business man. You just have to take everything he says with a pinch of salt.

Personally, I don't see the problem with there being more than one large MMA promotion. That gives me much more MMA to watch. For my money DREAM 14 was a much more exciting event than UFC 114 but that didn't stop me from watching both. If there are two events on at the same time, I'll watch one live and then watch the other "as live" without checking out the result. I currently live in the UK and I'm tired of being given half assed UFC cards. I don't want to go to an event unless I'm getting my moneys worth, at least if I go to an Ultimate Challenge UK event I know I'll get a card full of guys who come to put on a show and not just win. Oh, and won't have to hear about the superior drinkability of Bud Light or Mike Goldberg's constant plugging throughout a fight.
WalksInTheDarkness- June 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm
"Wait wait, this just in... Fedor signed by UFC. Dana changes his mind and considers him to be the best fighter in the world."

The guy is the world's biggest hypocrite but also runs the world's biggest MMA promotion. He is promoting his fighters. He is promoting his product. According to him if you're not in the UFC, you're not any good (although I have no idea where that leaves the WEC light weights). I hate the guy but he knows how to sell a product. He's turned the UFC around, he helped it buy it's competition. He's got ridiculous control of his fighters. He is a very clever business man. You just have to take everything he says with a pinch of salt.
macreadysshack- June 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Don't . . . want . . . to . . . work. 'Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time I do your mother.' - Gladiator
Get Off Me- June 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm
@Motropolis
Well played, if it wasn't dangerously close to dry season I would hook you up.
@Agentsmith
Re-read....I said it excitement "should" count with p4p precisely to eliminate guys like Shields and Fitch who hide behind career records full of boring ass fights(no more Fitch on the main card)
@PortlandMMA
I am from MTL, GSP is golden and taken in context(over the past three years) you are right. As long as a fighter is active I like to look at the body of work over a career, so for me saying Fedor has fought higher caliber, I should have clarified over the course of his career, GSP has been fighting a long time too and has yet to have an epic trilogy like Fedor, also GSP has losses.

I would like to see what everyone has to say after Overeem v. Fedor if Fedor wins....

El Guapo- June 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Mis_ StickyBuns

Yes, I'm talking to you. That's your new name.
El Famous Burrito- June 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Yes, because if we ever got off The Island, the whole world would, um...it would be...er...bad things will...actually, I have no fucking idea what would happen.

Electromagnetism!
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