(Fact: Don Frye charged each of these women a ZJ for this photo.)
For all the “creative” insults and red-blooded rants Chael Sonnen is able to come up with out of the blue, he will never hold a candle to the crass, old timey anecdotes of Don Frye. The man has more bravado than a Sherman tank full of other Sherman tanks, more wisdom than a Tibetan monk achieving Buddhahood, and would fight his own mother in your basement for a shot of Jack Daniels if you asked him correctly. He makes the Brawny man look like a metrosexual, and orders grilled bison when your mother takes him to that hip new Vegan restaurant in town. Matter of fact, Frye’s masculinity has grown so powerful that it even manifested itself in the greatest television character of all time: Ron fucking Swanson.
So you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that, during a recent interview with Sherdog’s “Savage Dog Show,” Frye was unrelenting in his mockery of everyone from Dana White to Brock Lesnar, unleashing a hellstorm of one liners that will surely make you feel like less of a man for not even having the gonads to dream them up.
First, let’s start with Frye’s assessment of the current UFC fighter pay scale:
Oh my God, it’s a crime. It’s a crime. You see some of these guys only getting two or three or six thousand dollars and you’ve got Dana bragging about having 30 Ferraris. Come on. You have a sponsor and he charges a sponsor what, a hundred and fifty grand to have your stuff on the fighter? That’s money he’s stealing from the fighter. Then he goes and he pays them two or three thousand dollars. That’s crazy.
Now, we’re not going to say anything that a poorly executed ESPN segment hasn’t already attempted to say in regards to fighter pay. If fighters feel they are being mistreated, they have several options:
1. Form a union, which Dana White has long stated is “up to them,”
2. Goad Zuffa into firing them under the belief that other promotions will pay more ie. Rampage Jackson.
3. Use a combination of arrogance, pleading, and incomprehensibility to confuse the Zuffa brass into paying them millions ie. James Toney.
We would say that it is unfair for Frye to base the income of the President of the UFC against that of its lower-tier fighters, but honestly, we are too afraid of Frye to state it outwardly.
Anyway, Frye continued his verbal assault on The Baldfather throughout the interview, which can be heard in its entirety here. But nothing hit harder than Frye’s claim that White had “ruined the sport” he loved so dearly:
The fans are fantastic. Fantastic fans. But the thing is, Dana White’s just ruined the sport. I got to thinking about it today and you know, he ruined it for me. I thought, ‘Why am I letting that asshole dictate my life and take all of the fun out of it for me?’ I just ignore him and go on with my life.
We don’t care how thick skinned DW claims to be, that one must have hurt.
A few of our other favorite tidbits are as follows:
On whether or not he brings it every fight: “A couple of times I didn’t pull it off. I screwed up, but I’m not like Brock Lesnar where there’s a trail of piss from the locker room to the cage. I come to fight. I’m not walking in there looking for a soft spot to land.”
On motivation: “Yeah, it’s called an empty wallet.”
On his most recent KO loss to Ruben Villareal: “I didn’t train. I worked out, but I didn’t train. There’s quite a difference, quite a difference. We had the weigh-ins. Ruben took off his shirt and looked like Tarzan. I tell you what, if I had a car, I’d have jumped in it and left right then and there. I deserved it. Ruben Villareal, he stomped the s–t out of me and I deserved it because I thought I’d go in there just as Don Frye and my press clippings would impress him. Apparently he never learned to read on the reservation. He wasn’t impressed with my print.”
Just like those talks with your senile grandfather, it wouldn’t be a Don Frye moment if it didn’t contain just a tinge of racism, right?