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Dana White Talks UFC’s Mob Troubles, Next TUF Coach

(Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.)

I’ve always assumed that the worlds of professional fighting and organized crime came into contact more often than we know. I’ve also assumed that if you’re involved in either industry, it’s probably better not to talk about that contact. But Dana White, being the UFC president and the producer of an upcoming Spike TV Irish mob drama, is just putting it in the streets anyway.

Fighters Only quotes White as blaming the Yakuza for Zuffa’s inability to do anything with Pride. This is no big shock, since the Japanese mafia’s involvement with Pride was rumored to be a big part of their downfall. It is a little surprising that White is so willing to talk about it, however, and apparently it’s not just Japan where the mob is an issue:

The UFC has also long had its eye on staging events in Mexico because, as White puts it, “when we first bought this company, we said there are three no-brainers: the US, Mexico and the UK. They are big fight countries.”

However, what he terms “The Mexican initiative” is taking “a lot longer than we though it would, basically because five families control all of Mexico”.

“A lot of these places are tough, you just have to work your way around it. The corruption in Japan, the way things are in Mexico, you know? In every country you go to there are different ways of doing business.”

Ain’t that the truth. Friend of mine went to the Netherlands over the summer, my hand to God, they sell marijuana over there. Like legally, in coffee shops and stuff. This crazy world, am I right?

Dana White must be in a talkative mood these days, because he also let it slip to Fighters Only that no matter what happens tomorrow night, Michael Bisping will be coaching on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, as we suspected.

“Win, lose or draw, he will coach the British team,” White revealed.


When then revealed that Bisping’s opposite number on TUF 9 will be either Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson.

“We’re looking for the right fight,” he said, explaining that the chosen coach would have to be a “step up” from Bisping’s previous opponents.

This sounds fine, except for the whole “win, lose or draw” thing. First of all, good to know that White doesn’t rule out an EPIC DRAW (!!!). Second, you’re telling me that if Bisping goes out there, catches a Leben left hand on the chin and takes a nap in the first round, that qualifies him as a coach on TUF 9? Not that there are any specific qualifications, but still, for all they know Bisping could have an absolutely horrible showing. He could lose via refusal to stand up from butt scoot position.

I know they want to do USA vs. UK and Bisping is the only guy who makes sense there, but don’t they know better than to tempt fate with these kinds of comments before a fight? Or perhaps they’re just that confident that Bisping will win. Even so, the MMA gods do not smile on the best laid plans, especially when you look too far into the future and take certain outcomes for granted.

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Aaron- October 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Game of Death... That's the one. The one with Kareem Abdul-Jabar losing because he gets sun in his eyes.
Anonymous- October 19, 2008 at 6:50 pm
haha i can't believe i missed those two.
wangboy- October 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Anonymous- October 19, 2008 at 6:08 pm
karmaatemycat....really? i don't even care about MMA but you just tried to belittle someone in the comments section and didn't even use proper english.

buddie = buddy
add = addition, ad = advertisement
idoits = idiots

grow up you moron
Gonzo- October 19, 2008 at 3:07 am
Lee robes, I googled it. Weird stuff. Thanks
Karmaatemycat- October 18, 2008 at 12:01 am
oh and PPS die in a house fire :D
Karmaatemycat- October 18, 2008 at 12:00 am
I bet you wish you new anything about MMA dont you buddie? UFC is getting better and better mainstream is the only place for it to go and that's a big step in the right direction... Perhaps you could watch the political add made by suzane van orman she makes it look retarded and barbaric kinda like retarded people who claim liddell only has an overhand right, or that fedor is all stand up? ever watch his wrestling matchs from Highschool or some of his fights from japan? god i wish idoits like you werent aloud outta there cages... thx :D
lee robes- October 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm
mob connections Dana?- everyone should google White's sponsors the Fertitta bros who own Palace Station in Vegas and what their dad used to do. Real Mafia pedigree
what?- October 17, 2008 at 4:40 pm
I guess without his overhand right Liddell would suck, without his stand up Fedor is just an ordinary guy, or without jujitsu Aoki is just another computer programmer. Your statement makes no sense you dumbass.
cgood24- October 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm
The UFC is not starting to suck. The UFC proves on a monthly basis why it is the most dominate MMA organization in the world. Who gives a fuck about the mafia & if it's involved, Dana is running the show & has improved it immensely. Although he does let some good fighters go that I wish he didn't, Tito for example but he still is doing a great job. On another note does anyone know when the UFC video game for Xbox 360 is coming out? I can't wait to knock out the best pound for pound for fighter Anderson Silva with Franklin, Liddell, & any other fighter I want, I can't stand Silva & I can't wait for him to get knocked out in real life, w/o his knees & elbows he's just a medicre fighter & he deservesw to get knocked out.
God's Outlaw- October 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm
"Ain’t that the truth. Friend of mine went to the Netherlands over the summer, my hand to God, they sell marijuana over there. Like legally, in coffee shops and stuff. This crazy world, am I right?"

Truth bro. I've been to Amsterdam. Was in the military so I couldn't partake in the local customes though. It was on the freakin' menu in the Bull Dog and the Hard Rock Cafe over there.
white?- October 17, 2008 at 6:31 am
Dana White is a fucking pussy. Fuck him! He's just running his cockholster b/c the UFC is starting to suck. I'd like to punch him in his fat head!
Irv- October 17, 2008 at 3:57 am

That's Game of Death.
Anonymous- October 17, 2008 at 1:43 am
those five mexican families that control mexico they are basiclly los zetas' bitches. they pay or they die
Anonymous- October 17, 2008 at 1:38 am
have you heard of 'los zetas' those guys are fucking crazy so its better if the ufc doesn't go to mexico. those guys will fucking cut you in peices if you don't give them a piece of the pie. im mexican so i would know lol
horton- October 17, 2008 at 12:15 am
Dana was quoted before that he had to leave Boston because of the Irish mob(whitey Bulgar) and we all know the Mafia has a presence in Vegas where Freiatta own casinos and that their father has worked there when the mafia was big. I would say they (the Mafia) have their hands in the UFC..
Someone should really look into this connection
walrus- October 17, 2008 at 12:02 am
lol @ Aaron

Yea, but I like this mob involvment shit (to a degree) -- makes things interesting. Especially if you spend a lot of your time looking up MMA's recent news.
fuckyeah- October 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm
dana saying fuck and retards always brings me a smile
tully- October 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm
lol it really does say "DQ refusal to stand from butt scoot position" on sherdog
wangboy- October 16, 2008 at 10:40 pm
or not
Anonymous- October 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm
Yes Aaron that defintely should be in production soon why not the fuckin WWE is in movies! who would NOT line up to see that! BRILLIANT i could actually picture it in my head while reading that!
Angry Monkey- October 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm
I'd watch that movie.
Aaron- October 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm
This has all of the makings of a bad ass Enter the Dragon remake. The Yakuza are pissed at Dana White and send their best assassin to kill him in his suite at the Palms Casino. The problem is, the elevator must stop at each floor on its way to the top and the assasin has to fight a different fighter. The assasin takes out Rampage, Forrest, Chuck, Silva, Silva, Silva, Silva.... and finally gets to DW. White is pissed and lets out a flurry of F bombs before he literally rips the ninja's head off and shits down his throat. The movie ends with DW saying "Nobody fucks with the UFC, you fucking retards!" Roll credits.
Jack- October 16, 2008 at 9:48 pm
I think Dana White feels pretty safe with his crew composed of... oh, just the best fighters in the world and crazy son's of bitches at that. Just my 2 cents. Best not to worry.