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Dana White Officially Responds to Joe Rogan Controversy

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(“This damn knucklehead. Always saying what the rest of us are thinking. Ah, well.“)

If you read Kevin Iole’s follow-up on the Rogan/Hendricks situation that we linked on Friday, you’d know that Dana White initially did his best to avoid the topic altogether. Said DW: “Joe Rogan is an independent contractor and he wrote his opinion. And you are free to write your opinion of Joe Rogan’s opinion.”

White also released a statement on clarifying that Rogan’s UG posts were not sanctioned by anybody but Joe himself, and they weren’t particularly appreciated by the company:

Joe Rogan recently made an offensive statement reflecting a personal opinion that does not represent the UFC in any way. I have addressed this directly with Joe.

Okay, so it’s more of a ‘tweet’ than the kind of drawn-out statement you’d expect from a company president — honestly, the dude ate up more of his data-plan feuding with Bloodstain Lane on Saturday night — but it was a necessary gesture during a moment when emotions were pretty high on both sides of the debate; even a columnist for the UFC’s hometown newspaper is now calling for Rogan’s head.

One more quote from the Yahoo! piece, and then I promise I’ll leave you alone about this shit:

[L]ate Thursday, UFC spokeswoman Caren Bell privately called Hendricks and issued an apology. And while it is commendable that the UFC offered any kind of apology at all, it was made privately at a time when Hendricks was under heavy siege publicly because she stood up for what was right. A public apology would have meant more and carried far more weight.

Well, Hendricks got her public statement from White, though I wouldn’t categorize it as an “apology,” exactly. And personally, I disagree that any public statement would have carried more weight than either Joe or Dana calling Maggie up immediately afterward and saying “Hey, sorry, that was out of line. We cool?”

Instead, we have a female vice-president of communications tasked with calling up Maggie and apologizing for Joe Rogan calling her “cunty,” which just strikes me as awkward and bizarre. For his part, Joe Rogan downgraded “cunty” to “bitchy” in his own apology on the UG. In the MMA world, we call that a happy ending.


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shadyjuice38- July 25, 2013 at 11:02 pm
@Shonuff- i think YOU sound kinda "cunty". Bunch of whiney bitches... watch the fights and take your hearing aids out if you dont like what you hear!! bunch of old ladies..
rearnakedchickenchoke- June 14, 2011 at 7:20 am
Sorry - wrong article! Need moar coffee.
rearnakedchickenchoke- June 14, 2011 at 7:18 am
Writer X's points are either half-truths or old and stale or both. When comparing AVERAGE PPVs from 5 years ago, did anyone think to compare number of events? 12x450k is not the same as 16x450k. My gut feeling is that there are both more PPVs and more televised events now than back in the UFC 50's when I began watching. And both are revenue streams for the UFC and equal to growth. How come the fighter salaries have risen and bonuses nearly doubled if they're making the same money? They wouldn't.
mod777- June 8, 2011 at 1:37 am
Joe Rogan should stop smoking his teeth are yellowish
fingerssfv- June 8, 2011 at 12:53 am
If you know Hendeicks, then you know what Joe said is correct about her. I do not like her, either. I wouldn't apologize for anything negative said about her. I sure don't like her.
pogodog7- June 7, 2011 at 11:10 am
Joe and Dana should not apologize for telling the truth.
thenutman69321- June 7, 2011 at 8:53 am
If she didn't want to be called cunty she shouldn't have been acting like a cunty little bitch.

I would have been very disappointed if this bitch got any type of public apology. I wish she didn't even get one in private.
bilicky- June 7, 2011 at 8:46 am
If the shoe fits And she did everything but drop to her knees during the interview I think she is the one who owes apology for acting like a tramp on tv
jimbonics- June 7, 2011 at 7:30 am
Maggie Hendricks is a Cunt.
Kevin Iole is a Fag.
Everything Yahoo! Sports is Fucking Terrible.
akovergaard- June 7, 2011 at 6:19 am
What is this new annoying bitchy/whiny attitude of cagepotato? Thas what I expect of bloody Ellbow, but not from this site…
Mr. Career Ender- June 7, 2011 at 5:30 am
People need to lighten up. Who cares? I sure don't. (Makes farting sound with lips).
Me likey- June 7, 2011 at 5:18 am
who let hendricks out of the kitchen long enough to write the article anyway?
fatbellyfrank- June 7, 2011 at 12:42 am
"if its true"
fatbellyfrank- June 7, 2011 at 12:41 am
Breaking news: Jorge Rivera in hot water for sexist comments towards Michael Bisping, apparently he called him a
dick, Rivera utilises Rogan precedence in his defence "its not sexist of its true"
Big Shafty- June 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm
For a country who constantly brags that "WE'RE #1!!", we sure cry a lot.
jeffmcbusa- June 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm
El Guapo: That first comment of yours had me rolling so hard my son asked what i was reading!!!!!
Vovchanchyn Check- June 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm
in other news, maggie handricks is calling for a ban on miracle whip for not toning it down
Vovchanchyn Check- June 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm
political correctness
Koeikan- June 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm
she was being cunty... and I pretty much never use that word.
rangerrexxx- June 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Maggie Hendricks IS A CUNT!
Meohfumado- June 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Call a dude a cock a or a dick, and nobody gives a shit.

Call a woman a cunt, and all of sudden you hate all women, and you need to be fired.

What a joke this "equality in the workplace" is. Double standard is double.
Everlast66- June 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm
@Sho Nuff
If you think that only a woman can be bitchy or cunty, then yes, you are saying he is woman like. If not, though, then you're not. It's that simple.
Also, what does being cunty have to do with a vagina? Yeah, cunt is another word for vagina - but when you call someone a cunt, or a dick, or say they are cunty or dickish, you are not referring to any part of the human anatomy. After time, and it doesn't have to be that long, words take on a meaning of their own, and those are two examples of that in effect.
As for the rest of what you said - Joe Rogan was not representing the UFC, or even himself in a professional manner. When he is posting on internet forums he does so as a fan of MMA just like the rest of us, and nothing more.
RSparrow- June 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm
RSparrow- June 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm
RSparrow- June 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm
^If we can find Osama, we should be able to find this fuck.