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Dana White Calls Cris Cyborg “Wanderlei Silva in a Dress,” Is the Absolute Worst

Earlier this week, Ronda Rousey forged ahead in her war of words with Cris Cyborg, calling the former Strikeforce champ an “it” and earning the ire of MMA apparel brand Americana in the process. While most of us likely assumed that Rousey would not be punished for her remarks — unlike Matt Mitrione, who made similarly unprofessional comments about Fallon Fox in the past and was suspended as a result — we couldn’t have possibly foreseen that White would not only support Rousey’s claims, but pile on Cyborg as well, could we?

HAHAHAHA, I know right? I could barely make it through that sentence myself. Dana White is and has always been an jackass with zero impulse control, so obviously, he used yesterday’s UFC 172 media day as an opportunity to hurl misogynistic insults Cyborg’s way like the professional that he is.

“When I saw her at the MMA awards, she looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels,” said White while his media cronies giggled in the background like a bunch of middle schoolers. I can’t blame them; they probably would’ve had their credentials pulled if they didn’t treat White like a Don from a 50′s gangster movie. “Wanderlei Silva in a dress, dats a good one, boss!”

But it was when White actually attempted to defend Rousey’s comments that the real standup act began…(via MMAJunkie)

I think that this is the fight business, and people say mean things about each other. Is it not true? Has [Justino] not taken (steroids)? She got busted for taking Winstrol, the same drug that Ben Johnson took and many other athletes took to do what? To cheat. Ronda called her a f—ing cheater.

Fair enough, Dana, Justino has been busted for steroids in the past, and people do say mean things about each other in the fight game. So far, all’s fair here.

She’s not a transgender fighter. She’s a woman. What Ronda’s saying is, she’s taken so many drugs that she’s probably not a woman anymore. She’s not a transgender fighter. She didn’t have a surgery.

Is she an it? Is she a transgender fighter? Did she have a surgery? She called her an it. [Cybogs] called Ronda a chicken. Should Ronda be offended by being called a chicken? Grow the f–k up, everybody.

Again, I would have no problem with White’s statement here (other than it going against the “offensive and wholly unacceptable” precedent set by Mitrione’s suspension), had he not chose to follow-up a comment telling everyone to “grow up” by hurling a childish insult at Cyborg and then mocking the way she walks with zero irony whatsoever. Except that’s exactly what he did. 

She’s a bad representative of female athletes. When you’re a female and you’ve taken that many drugs for so long, when you’ve been on steroids for as long as this girl has, you know, it’s tough. 

So what you’re saying is that it’s easier for MMA fans to accept that a male fighter has advanced his career by taking illegal, mind and body-altering drugs than it is a female fighter? That’s gotta be right up there with Julianna Pena’s recent “I’m a girl” defense for the most hilariously unaware quote of the week! Care to clarify that, Dana?

This isn’t the same as a guy who had taken some stuff before and got busted and has come back and is fighting other men. The fine line between men fighting and women fighting is night and day (Ed note: WUT?). A lot of people still aren’t crazy about the women fighting. And a lot of the time these women are fighting on national television. And it’s just, you understand what I’m saying?

Wow. That might be the dumbest thing I have read all year. But no, Dana, I do not understand what you’re saying, so let me try to break down your line of logic:

Because Cyborg was busted for steroids once, three years ago, and recently passed a random drug test, her offense is somehow more unforgivable than re-signing Josh Barnett, who has been busted for steroids three times and twice under your own promotion, because she’s a woman? And unlike male MMA, which is pretty much a universally accepted and beloved sport at this point (LOL!), female MMA requires stricter regulations because it’s on national television, which male MMA apparently isn’t? In the words of the CME Podcast: ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!

Mr. White, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

(To her credit, Cyborg seems to be taking White’s criticism well.)

-J. Jones

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