In a recent interview with ESPN the Magazine, Dana White promises some big announcements coming soon. What kind of announcement? We don’t know. But it’s going to be huge, or so White says:
You have no idea some of the stuff that we have planned. I’m going to make an announcement next week that is going to blow people’s minds. That deal is done, but my employees don’t even know yet. I’m renting out a place next Thursday and I’m going to tell them. Then we’ll make the announcement later that day. It’s an indicator of where this business is going over the next five years.
So, he’s renting out a place just to tell his employees? They couldn’t just meet in the office, maybe have a conference call? I got it. It’s King Kong, isn’t it? That’s the big announcement.
Zuffa has captured King Kong and will display him in chains in front of the world. Then when he escapes they’ll be forced to mend fences with Randy Couture just to get him to save the world. At first Couture won’t want to do it, but he’ll eventually become our reluctant hero while constantly griping that he’s getting “too old for this shit.” Damn, now I’ve gone and ruined the surprise. Sorry, everybody.
White also divulged that Chuck Liddell‘s next fight will be in Atlanta, Georgia, though his opponent is as of yet unnamed (Godzilla?). Then he lit right into ESPN for giving Kimbo Slice and Elite XC so much attention. This, despite the fact that he had not been asked about either.
I gotta tell you, I was very, very disappointed in ESPN this past weekend. A 15-minute feature on SportsCenter about Kimbo Slice? That is embarrassing. It’s so bad I can’t even tell you. Then that show goes off. That guy he fought is a joke, and he went three rounds with Kimbo in a fight that shouldn’t have been stopped. When the major media outlets would rather follow freak shows instead of real athletes, it’s embarrassing. It just makes my life and job a whole lot harder. It’s already been exposed. But getting that kind of coverage on ESPN, and BJ Penn doesn’t? Everybody is so obsessed over who’s going to take a chunk out of the UFC that those guys will get this kind of press coverage for no reason whatsoever. I think the show that happened on CBS the other day was a complete embarrassment for CBS and for the sport of mixed-martial arts. Urijah Faber is 145 pounds. He’ll beat Kimbo Slice. Kimbo Slice sucks. He’s terrible. If I had a heavyweight The Ultimate Fighter show, I don’t think he’d win the show. And he’s headlining a show on CBS?
These are all points that have been made already, but White seems intent on hammering the subject until it is officially dead.
On the subject of Couture, he also reiterated that he is open to bringing him back to the UFC, describing the chances of that happening as “better than zero”. That’s sufficiently vague.