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Oh, For F*ck’s Sake: Rashad Evans’s Camp Actually Believed Dana White Was Betting Against Him

(Nope. Not even gonna go there. / Photo via Zimbio.)

After all the unexpected drama on Tuesday, I was really hoping we could put “caption-gate” behind us. Oh, if only. Following up their first report on the UFC’s demand for retraction, USA Today did a second piece with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta which further explains why the promotion was so furious with this website. Here are some choice quotes from Fertitta:

These fighters are already paranoid enough. Dana had to talk to Rashad on the phone for 30 minutes to calm him down, to tell him, ‘Are you crazy? There’s no way I would ever bet on a fight or bet against you.’…You’ve got to understand, Rashad’s entire team — his entire camp — was in his ear telling him they read this online and that Dana bet half a million dollars against him.”

[CagePotato] flatout lied. They just made up a story and lied. Somebody who doesn’t know what our policies are and what we do, they could look at it in a very negative light…These guys go out and do this reckless reporting — it’s not even reporting — make these reckless statements and they end up causing us fallout and having to deal with issues. Why should we even have to deal with this stuff? They made this up and lied and put it online.”

It didn’t read like a joke at all. If you look at the article, when you first read that, it sounds like that they were in a room with Dana, talking to him, and he says, ‘Oh,’ and he kind of made a mistake and said something, and said ‘Don’t print that.’…if I read an article like that, I would seriously believe that that actually happened and that went down.”

We’re currently evaluating whether [the retraction was] sufficient or not. Like I said, there’s been a massive amount of fallout in the wake of them putting out something that is completely reckless in the way that they did. I don’t understand how anybody could defend what they did. It’s a very serious allegation. For them to even joke that Dana made a wager of that magnitude on one fighter versus another fighter is something that could have tremendous negative implications for the industry, for our company and a lot of different things…What if on Saturday night there’s a controversial decision that goes to Jon Jones? Which obviously is completely out of our hands. What if that happens? Can you imagine the fervor and the fallout that there would be? It would be a complete disaster.

I feel genuinely awful that Rashad Evans had to deal with this bullshit leading up to his title fight this weekend. Still, none of this would have happened if a group of lame-brained idiots (like this one, for example) didn’t misunderstand a joke, then spread it to the UFC and Rashad’s team as if it was fact. Isn’t that reckless reporting?

Look, this wasn’t a “story we made up,” or a “lie,” or “reporting,” or even a “statement.” It was a joke in a caption that flew over the heads of a select group of morons. And we weren’t the ones responsible for spreading it as the truth. Yes, there will always be people who literally believe everything they read on the Internet, but that’s no reason to abolish satire.

And one more thing: Of all the thousands of jokes and satirical captions we’ve posted on CagePotato over the years, why did this one get interpreted and disseminated as fact? We’ve been cracking wise since 2007, and this situation has never, ever happened to us before. So why did some UFC fans — and Rashad’s entire camp, apparently — want to believe that Dana White was betting money on Jon Jones?

Part of me thinks that Rashad’s team seized on this story to fire Rashad up for his fight with Jones. As for the rest of you jackasses: What’s your excuse?

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xxxrayrayray- April 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm
fatbellyfrank- April 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm
Given the benefit of 20/20 hindsight we may have been a bit harsh on Shad's camp, think about , you've just heard that the organisation you fight for has thrown their corporate dollar behind your FUCKEN OPPONENT to the tune of sponsoring him from head to toe, your entitled to be paranoid (take notes lorenzo). Someone then jokingly suggests that the head of the org also bet on your opponent to whup yer ass, your sitting there thinking, would he do that? surely not....then you think,..yes he would, the bald fucker, he'll shaft you soon as look at you, Tito told me this would happen, soon as a new Golden Child shows up you just get discarded. fuck it ima ring that bald douche bag and get him to esplain hisself
darby77- April 20, 2012 at 10:53 am
Dana white did bet on Jones, UFC SPONSERSHIP, are you fucking kidding me, Vegas wouldent even taket that action.
linzhanbh- April 20, 2012 at 9:46 am
tanach- April 20, 2012 at 7:19 am
Lorenzo and possibly all/most Americans have no sense of humor/brains- for anyone to take the joke seriously is ridiculous
Zescape- April 20, 2012 at 5:18 am
UFC, leave CagePotato alone. Who does it surprise that the "Blackzillians" misinterpreted something they read on the internet? Even so, CP retracted the joke and apologized. The captions on pictures on this website are ALWAYS a joke, don't get all butthurt.

You used to be cool UFC, why you gotta hate the internet so much?
The12ozCurls- April 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Ben, just checking the posts and replies and it has finally dawned on me that once there ACTUALLY is a hot-button topic, the new comment section sucks more ass than the human centipede. Once there is an abundance of posts, it doesn't matter if you go "newest" or "oldest" - the shit is all jumbled and fucked. It is like watching Michael J. Fox do charades. No continuity to any of it. Bummer. I hate to say it . . . . . but maybe CAPTCHA? Fuck if I know. I hated typing in something that looked like Stonehenge to post but with over 100 posts here, it is completely incomprehensible. I wanna hammer a couple queef posters but I can't get the full dialogue cuz the "hidden" starts taking presidence over the older posts. Fuck it. Whatever.
CrushCo- April 20, 2012 at 5:09 am
I had the same issue. To 'fix' it, just scroll down and click on the box to show more comments. Everything sorts itself out.
RwilsonR- April 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm
12oz, I think your analogy is a little short-sided. Michael J. Fox does an excellent job with charades as a jackhammer operator, a death row inmate in an electric chair, or Manny Pacquiao's boxing coach.
The12ozCurls- April 20, 2012 at 8:12 am
Rwil - a literal "laugh out loud" - not an lol just because, a full fledged crack up. Well done.
DangadaDang- April 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm
RwilsonR- April 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Zuffa def. Break Media via crushing out of court settlement within 2 weeks.
Lorenzo Fertitta def. CagePotato via sycophantic media desperate for press passes
Dana White def. Ben Goldstein via worst fucking he's ever received 0:37 of Rd 1
What do I win if I get all 3 right?
Dana_Plight- April 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm
Hey UFC: sponsor all fighters, or sponsor none.
fatbellyfrank- April 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm
What if on Saturday night there’s a controversial decision that goes to Jon Jones? Which obviously is completely out of our hands. What if that happens? Can you imagine the fervor and the fallout that there would be? It would be a complete disaster
Lorenzo, if you are worried about this sort of speculation maybe you shouldn't be sponsoring one fighter over the other, ya pack of dumb fucken cunts
fatbellyfrank- April 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm
Fuck me swingin, it seems like Dana and UFC have been waiting for any slip up from CP to create drama, this is still all about Arianny's playboy photos, Jeez this is fucken childish on behalf of fertitta and White, and as for Shad's camp taking a photo caption from CP as gospel, what sort of fucken morons are runnin around there. My brain hurts, this whole situation is so reeediculous
Kimbos Bread- April 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm
My penis is retracting.
mt59801- April 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Correction............ DANA WHITE has only bet on fighter once or twice, but that was Chuck vs rampage in PRIDE and he lost. If it wasn t for his history of betting on UFC golden boys who have hand picked O-pawnents and the fast track to championships Rashad s camp wouldn't have made the mistake. Break should have NEVER printed a retraction for something that was obviously satire (which is legal -falwell vs flint) break media and the UFC both look like little bitches on this one. Sponsoring a fighter also makes the UFC look biased and dirtier than Don King or Arum.
NomadRip- April 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Rashad's camp was also behind bringing this new film to market, and Dana financed it.
Totally true, because I put it on the interwebs, and will now blame Dana for everything wrong in the world.
Except Jazzercise, because he's good at that.
Alan K- April 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Well there goes all the respect I had for Lorenzo.
El Guapo- April 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm
My apologies to Loretta Hendricks and Maggie Hunt. Ain't retracting a GAH!damn thing, just sayin..
El Guapo- April 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm
Dana, you're such a cunt.
Payday- April 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm
So I'm assuming this means no press credentials for this weekend? When it comes to stepping on your dick, you guys do it right!
El Guapo- April 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm
I'm assuming your assumption may possibly be correct. Maybe
noizy- April 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm
Free Cage Potato is dead.
ArmFarmer- April 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm
In case anyone else is interested, here is the screencap gb pointed me to:
Yeah, it's pretty obvious it's a joke. Maybe if it were funny they wouldn't have gotten so mad.

towelie- April 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm
mt59801- April 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Was that a coors light in dana's hand?
ArmFarmer- April 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm
@ghostboner Thank you for the tip. I'll see if I can find it. Assuming it really was another innocent caption joke, you guys at cp might consider posting an image so that people can come see and judge for themselves. Might drive up your page hits too.
Enricho Palazzo- April 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm
@Ghostboner - Look, baby. I am what I am, and I do what I do. A few guys make shoelaces, some lay sod, others make a very good living neutering animals. I'm a cop.
parchy mcthirst- April 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Is anyone pointing to Jones as the snitch?
parchy mcthirst- April 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Mike Allen is an amoeba.