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Dana White’s video blog is back, and it picks up steam around the 3:34 mark when he sits down to dinner with Rampage Jackson, who is totally “not crazy”. Just suffering from some “delirium”, as it turns out, but otherwise seems to be back to his old self. But don’t worry, the Dana White news update doesn’t stop there.

White appeared on a radio show recently (download the full version here, via Bloody Elbow) in which he has some sharp words for Roger Huerta. As you might have guessed, he is not pleased with Huerta’s comments bashing the organization’s treatment of him, and White responds by painting Huerta as an overhyped prima dona. And who overhyped him? The UFC, of course. But that doesn’t mean he should believe it, according to White:

“Roger Huerta’s a guy who’s been reading the headlines a little too much. You get out there and promote the guy and he’s like, “Look at all the papers I’m in, look at all the promotion I’m getting, I want a lot more money.’ Well he hasn’t fought anybody to get the money yet. He beats Kenny Florian, that’s a whole different ballgame.”

“Roger Huerta has contract problems? What’s his contract problem? He signed a contract, he’s under contract, when his contract is up he’ll renegotiate a new one. …What he was bitching about was doing PR. In his thing he said, ‘They got me out there doing PR.’ Yeah, moron. How do you think you make money? You don’t make money unless people know who you are and want to see you fight. Am I supposed to pay Roger Huerta to go out and do PR? Is that how it works?”

“That’s not how it works. When Oscar De La Hoya fights, he’s on Leno and Letterman. The night before his fight, he weighs in in Las Vegas, and then flies to Los Angeles to do PR for the fight. Because he makes more money. Because he becomes more popular and more people want to see him fight. …What happens is these guys turn into pussies, is what happens.”

Other highlights include Dana White guaranteeing that Affliction, Elite XC, and somehow even CBS, will all go out of business, just like the IFL. Also says Tito Ortiz was a “wallflower” during his time on “The Apprentice” because he didn’t want to be exposed as an idiot. And he dismisses the idea that he’ll eventually have to deal with a fighter’s union of some sort:

“It’ll never happen. You know why? Because publicly these guys say, ‘I want all us to make…’ but privately, they don’t care about everybody else. They care about ‘me’. I don’t care if you make more money. I need more money. That’s the way that the fight business is. Believe me, I’ve been in the fight business my whole life. I know fighters and the way they think, even the Randy Couture thing. Randy said, ‘I’m doing this for all the other fighters.’ Well you know Randy was pissed off because thought we were paying Fedor more money.”

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onan is a fag- January 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm
huerta is just another example of some stupid ethnic colored person thinking they're important when they really aren't. what a fucking idiot. not to mention, i actually went to highschool with that dumbfuck
shutupandfight- August 8, 2008 at 12:38 am
Leonard Garcia...bichez.
Ryan- August 7, 2008 at 7:51 pm
what the hell is a "beaner?"

sorry, i'm not up to date on all the latest racist terminology.
Your Mom- August 7, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Why is everyone so angry? is everyone of the fucking internets on their period?
Whaaa?- August 7, 2008 at 11:50 am
Do you not do PR to make a name for your self, to get better sponsorships, to make more money?
shutupandfight- August 7, 2008 at 8:53 am
so the fighters have to fight, train, and do the PR shit...while the suits sit on thier fat fuckin asses?

but yeah....Huerta fuked up with his whining.

and that "Mexican hack" (now in WEC) needs some PR...tough lil fucker but i can never remember his name.
King Silo- August 7, 2008 at 12:20 am
I'm not racist. I own a color tv.
Dana White's worst favorite fan- August 6, 2008 at 11:52 pm
Yeah, Dana White knows how to run a fighting business where he benefits from it all and the fighters get a decent amount. But damn man, these guys are famous all around the world now in MMA, and to bash Randy for being pissed he was gonna be payed less than Fedor to come in from not fighting top line guys is understandable. Randy is doing it for the fighters, thats why he helped Affliction, he wants to see the fighters get the money the deserve. It shouldn't be 80/20 profit, it should be around 60/40. Yes the company keep more to reinvest in itself.
Onan- August 6, 2008 at 8:56 pm
I definitely agree that Huerta isn't helping himself by going public with his concerns. Anytime you say something that may make the UFC or Dana look bad, Dana is going to be all over it. Which he should, he's the President. The best thing that Huerta can do is keep winning. He puts himself in the position with the most leverage.

As for the PR thing, you guys make a good point that it helps him in the long run, I just know that being popular doesn't always help you with the UFC when it comes towards the end of your contract (see, Arlovski).
Jewjitsu- August 6, 2008 at 8:30 pm
@ Onan

i do feel better thanks. sorry for dropping the CMS on you. You're apparently a scholar and a gentleman.

Huerta's PR expenses are all covered. travel, room and board. PR can only help him in the long term, whether he gets paid extra now or not. He wont benefit immediately whilst he's under the current contract, but he'll be reaping the rewards in his next one, if he keeps wining.
Snappy Little Pet Names- August 6, 2008 at 8:26 pm
@ Onan ( big surprise )...

First of all he might not be directly reimbursed for time clocked doing PR, but if he does it well enough and he starts showing a raise in PPV buys from then he will reap the benefits with his next contract negotiation.

I think maybe someone was playing spiderman a little too eagerly this morning and feel from the top bunk...
PFP biggest douche in MMA = Huerta- August 6, 2008 at 8:20 pm
I think Huerta is making a big mistake by trying to take the UFC on so early in his career. By going public to complain, Huerta is acting like Tito Ortiz, only he is a fraction of the star Tito was when he started acting like this. Dana may just start thinking that if this guy is acting this way now, how will he act when he really becomes a star? He may just decide to toss him in against the best, watch Huerta get beat, and then wash his hands of the guy now before he tries to build Huerta into an even bigger star.

If Huerta loses to Florian (which I think is likely), then Dana may just make him sit out for the remainder of his contract, then may feed him to a guy like Sherk, then send him packing. Imagine how marketable Huerta would be if he loses to Kenny, then gets no press while sitting out for 12 months, then gets dominated on the ground by someone like Sherk (which would happen, since Guida was taking him down with ease). If they are still around, EliteXC or Affliction won't pay much for a guy like that if it goes down that way.
Onan- August 6, 2008 at 8:05 pm
@ Jewjitsu; Do you feel better now? Good. Now that you've gotten that off your chest perhaps you can actually take in what I'm saying. I don't agree that Huerta should be doing UFC PR for free. If that makes me, as you so eloquently put it, a cock meat sandwich, oh well. If you take an objective look at the way the UFC operates, a fighter "building his brand" helps him very little when he gets to a certain point in his contract. Huerta is fighting under contract...he gets paid per fight based on that contract. Any additional work he does for the UFC does not increase his fight pay. He does not get any bump for increasing ticket sales or PPV buys. Therefore he should be paid for additional work performed outside of fighting in the ring.
I read the FIGHT! magazine article and I didn't agree with Roger's assertion that he's worth 6 figures plus points on the PPV. I don't think he is yet. I never addressed that in my original comments.
So please deal with the points I addressed in my comments and save the snappy little pet names for someone else.
TB- August 6, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Seriously, are you Tito?

answer honestly and I won't put you "time out"
DumbNagger- August 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm
Huerta is a dumb Beaner. Just like i'm a Dumb Nagger....

but at least I got a big pecker.
onan- August 6, 2008 at 7:50 pm
im gay!
Boneman- August 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm
Uhhhh..Dana?...You've been in the fight business your whole life...?....Does that incude the jazzercise years with the pink and yellow striped biker shorts...?

I'm just curious.....and not that he cares......but If Dana locked his checkbook and threw away the key, would he have any friends..?...I doubt it...!


Jewjitsu- August 6, 2008 at 7:34 pm
@ Onan
You cant see past 2 feet in front of you. Huerta gets nothing out of doing PR work??? you fucking ignorant ass hole.
No, he obvioulsy doesnt benefit financially from this weekends UFC, you cock meat sandwich. but its called making a name for yourself, building your brand. Huerta is sitting on a gold mine, but he has the same shit bag outlook as you unfortunately.
Jewjitsu- August 6, 2008 at 7:28 pm
i'm a beaner and a jew on top of that. i'm sooo fucking racist. you're all a bunch of Fags (vic and omar)

and my balls are amazing by the way.
my balls are all over the place in hot weather- August 6, 2008 at 7:14 pm
dana is right. doesnt make him any less of a prick fuckin scum bag though
Onan- August 6, 2008 at 7:11 pm
@Geriatric Peon

Thanks for letting me know that your attempt at insult wasn't keen insight. You had me fooled for a minute. Oh and you really pwnd me with the "fagalicious D-bag" comment.
Geriatric Peon- August 6, 2008 at 7:03 pm
wow onan, you really are a fagalicious D-bag. (that's not meant to be a keen insight, it is obvious to everyone except for you)
Onan- August 6, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Smashing rejoinder old boy! I bow before your impeccable logic and keen insight. You have reduced me to tears and for that I give you kudos!
TB- August 6, 2008 at 6:48 pm
Onan = Epic Fail

Defending Huerta is a losing battle, he simply fucked up. Throwing racism into it turns you into a retard. Trying to then sound smart by using words like "Touche" "Unimpeachable" and "rapier" transforms you into a certified toolbox.

Go iron your Affliction T-Shirt and listen to Coldplay
turdburgler- August 6, 2008 at 6:17 pm
I would love to kick Jew Jitsu's ass...I would break his jewish nose.