So, we published a list feature on Friday (“The 10 Most Despicable People in MMA”), and reactions were, let’s just say, “mixed.” A lot of you felt that Dana White shouldn’t have been as high as #2, to which we can only reply “Fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke.” Yes, yes, we’re aware of all the great things he’s done for our sport. But can you think of anybody else in the world of MMA who you’ve bitched about more over the last couple years? We’re particularly bitter about his contempt for the websites and blogs that work harder than any other media outlet to publicize mixed martial arts. Where do you go for MMA coverage — the sports section of your local paper? ESPN2? No, you have to read eRags like CagePotato because the mainstream media doesn’t care about this sport yet. You’d think Dana White would want to show some love to the journalists that actually understand and care about the UFC, but to him we’re part of the Untouchable class. Trust us, if he provided any sort of press privileges to bloggers whatsoever, DW would be #2 on our list of Favorite People in MMA (after Krazy Horse, obvi).
Still, there was one aspect of the list that we definitely did regret the morning after. As commenter “homegrowncone” said:
Wow. I waited all the way till number 1 for Lee Murray only for him to not even get an honourable mention. This list looses all credibility because of that.
We have to admit, that was an oversight. And we’d just like to take this belated opportunity to say that Lee Murray is a despicable scumbag.
If you’re unaware of his story, Murray is a British middleweight known more for his fights outside of nightclubs than inside cages. Famously, he knocked out Tito Ortiz in an alley after UFC 38 and stomped his head until Pat Miletich and Tony Fryklund dragged him off. He was stabbed during two separate fights in September 2005. In the first, he was stabbed twice and lost one of his nipples; a week later, at the same club, he was stabbed in the heart, reportedly lost six pints of blood, was momentarily clinically dead, but managed to survive.
Of course, none of that really makes him despicable — especially not the part about stomping on Tito Ortiz’s head. But in June 2006, Murray was arrested in Rabat, Morocco, in connection with the Securitas depot robbery — Britain’s biggest cash robbery in history, in which 53 million pounds were nicked. The charges against Murray included “committing violent crime and beating and humiliating members of the security forces.” The lack of an extradition treaty between the United Kingdom and Morocco tied up his sentencing for over a year, but he’s currently sitting in a Moroccan prison. Murray last competed in September 2004 at Cage Rage 8, where he lost a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva.
Notable quote: “I died three times. The last time I died I was dead for about four minutes. The surgeon said to my family, if he recovers there’s a good possibility that he’s going to be brain damaged…My day is already written for when I’m going to die, and that’s the way I believe. It’s not changing what I do in my life. That’s me. If I wasn’t like that I wouldn’t be the fighter I am, and I wouldn’t be who I am.”
Happy now, assholes?