The UFC’s decision to include the newly-mature Jesse Taylor on their July 19 Fight Night has taken some heat lately. That’s because taking the moral high ground only works if you stick to it even when you desperately need to throw together a show designed to screw with your competitors. But Dana White is doing his best to make the decision to bring Taylor back into the UFC sound like a reasonable one. He’s also trying to battle the perception that the UFC encouraged the fighters to destroy the house and generally act the fool for the cameras.
That’s a lot to accomplish, but some well-placed expletives should do it. Check out what White had to say to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole:
“Whoever told you we encouraged them to tear up the house is (an expletive) liar,” White said. “Nobody ever told them what to do on the show. A lot of guys, they get off the show and they’re embarrassed by what they’ve done. And think about this: I’ve faced a lot of challenges since we’ve had the UFC, but I have a kid (Taylor) who pissed his pants on television and now I have to turn him into a star.”
Wait a minute, why does Dana White “have to” turn Jesse Taylor into a star? Did he make a promise to his mother? I have a hard time believing that the future of the UFC rests on Taylor, whose fights on the show were only slightly more interesting than watching NCAA wrestling on ESPN 2. Let’s be honest, Dana White is choosing to try and turn Taylor into a star (very briefly) in order to capitalize on the name recognition and controversy that he thinks might detract attention from Affliction.
As for the issue of property destruction on “The Ultimate Fighter”, White told Iole that season eight cast members were informed that they’d have to pay for any damage they caused. The fact that this is a new development in the series after seven seasons is, to say the least, telling.
White also said that the staircase redecorating that the fighters undertook cost nearly $70,000 to repair. That’s one problem they don’t have on “America’s Next Top Model”. Eating disorders, though, they’ve got all you want in that department.