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UFC 113 Changes Date, Dana White Blames “Dysfunctional” Boxing Industry


(See? This is why you don’t get into a bling-off with Floyd Mayweather. Or any guy whose nickname is "Money," now that we think about it.)

Though previous reports indicated that the UFC was considering changing the May 1 date for UFC 113 so as not to compete head-to-head with the Floyd Mayweather-Not Manny Pacquiao fight, on Tuesday White told his hometown paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, that the UFC "was going May 1st still."  One day later, it was an entirely different story.  Cagewriter confirmed with White that the UFC has moved UFC 113 to May 8 in Montreal in order to avoid a showdown with a boxing pay-per-view bohemoth and, in classic fight promoter style, White has managed to find a way to interpret this as a sign that boxing is completely ridiculous:

"We were trying to not go the same night as boxing but these [expletive] guys can’t get out of their own way," White told Cagewriter. "I have never seen anything so unorganized, selfish and dysfunctional as boxing. It’s a joke!"

We can only assume that’s an edited quote, and that the full version features White going off on an ‘inconsiderate’ John Mayer for scheduling a concert in Florida on the same night as UFC 109 in Las Vegas, before then turning his ire on the ‘complete morons’ who run Disney on Ice.


Really, White’s frustrations stems from the fact that there was some confusion over whether the Mayweather fight would really go off on May 1, since that date was reserved by Golden Boy Promotions for the Juan Manuel Marquez fight.  Now that bout may be bumped to May 8, which means the UFC would be competing with a much less popular boxer when they finally throw "Shogun" Rua and Lyoto Machida into the Octagon again.

Guess we finally found out the answer to Operation Shutdown’s question about what the UFC would do if they found themselves competing with Floyd Mayweather.  Silly us, we thought they’d stand tall.  Of course, we also thought they’d have more trouble getting the same venue booked for a week later, which reportedly required a scheduled concert to get bumped (please say it wasn’t Lady GaGa, the guys at Fightlinker couldn’t bear that disappointment). 

It turns out the UFC’s response to such a scenario is to run scared and then use it as a sign that boxing is in a state of chaos.  As if that hasn’t always been the case.

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side.check.kick- January 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm
If you say so D-dub!
ghostboner- January 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm
@Vaders - that is an interesting idea. I would buy it for sure. I don't think egos will ever allow it to happen, but innovative thinking.
VadersAsthmaMeds- January 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm
I couldn't help myself. Yes, after 26 weeks (!) I logged in and saw *gasp* that I could be first. Now that it's done, I feel complete and can get on with my life without carrying that baggage around.

I wonder if it occurred to anyone at Zuffa that a superevent, say, Mayweather vs. Pacquio(sp?) combined with a major UFC thing where at least two belts are on the line could end all this boxing vs mma bickering and really let the $$ roll in in terms of PPV and and gate income. Not to mention harnessing the power of both demographics into one - you know there's gotta be spillover in terms of fans getting interested in the other half, since it's all presented together. I'm just sayin'
ghostboner- January 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Oh rampage. Are you just trying to see how low you can go? Do you just want me not to like you? Also, I thought floyd was like 5'7"? He looks like he is almost as tall as rampage.
just some dong- January 21, 2010 at 10:59 am
That's the last time I ask these dbags for directions...

831 Son- January 21, 2010 at 9:39 am
Kill yourself troll. Groupie douchebag, Ill kick your ass.
thai-clinch- January 21, 2010 at 9:22 am
floyd is a dbag and is going to have a field day with this
ufc shoulda stuck to their guns
Wrye Bash- January 21, 2010 at 9:07 am
Actually, that's just a bracelet on the right wrist. Still, he's obviously a dbag.
yerdoneson- January 21, 2010 at 8:52 am
I hope none of the fighters require medical attention after the fight...you know....because the fights are in Canada
Robocop Didnt Tap- January 21, 2010 at 8:50 am
I heard the UFC was going to counter-program John Mayer's concert with Chuck Liddell doing the Charleston for 2 hours on Spike.
agentsmith- January 21, 2010 at 8:38 am
@ G Funk:

Same reason why Flavor Flav wears a watch AND a clock around his neck... cause that way he always know WHAT TIME IT IS, nowamsayin?
G Funk- January 21, 2010 at 8:28 am
That douche has a timepiece on each wrist! FOOL!
831 Father- January 21, 2010 at 8:26 am
OpShut, I think it's a bit of both. For all the shit Dana talks about boxing, he knows a Mayweather fight would blow out most, if not all, of the UFC's best cards.

Unrelated note, hope a certain someone doesn't come into this story talking about groupies, douchebags, kicking our ass if he ever saw us, hoping we kill ourselves etc.
OpShut- January 21, 2010 at 8:11 am
...PS - where can I get me one of them PBF watches?? Daaamn!!!
Dubbayoo- January 21, 2010 at 8:07 am
Mayweather is obviously rich.. I mean, do u know much it would cost to convince Flavor Flav to part ways with his clock necklace and then attach a diamond wristband to it?
OpShut- January 21, 2010 at 8:01 am
CP - Thanks for remembering my question. Dana moving to May 8 is just a smart business move, not any sign of bitch assness - in my opinion. This site is still the best, keep up the great work. Operation Shutdown
Goog- January 21, 2010 at 8:00 am
Mayweather's teeth are whiter than Dana's last name.
GetUpAndKill- January 21, 2010 at 7:48 am
I heart Dana White. He is consistently consistent with his PR campaigns (or whatever you call what he does). He is one starchy motherfucker. The UFC logo will be on the side of a spaceship in the year 2020 to take on the mysterious "wow" signal from space.
blackboxmma- January 21, 2010 at 7:44 am
I feel like Dana will be running boxing in 10 plus yrs when he is done with the UFC.
MMA42- January 21, 2010 at 7:42 am
(golf clap for VadersAsthma) Honest about UFC v Boxing, it's just one crazy clusterfuck of who doesn't know when to schedule. It's all shenanigans after a while yes?
Old_Bald_and_Irish- January 21, 2010 at 7:41 am
^^^^

Like what ya did there.
ReX13- January 21, 2010 at 7:40 am
You watched other people post "FIRST!!!1!ONE!!" for 26 freaking weeks, and it never got old to you?

C'mon, man. Tell me about how MMA is awesome because THIS IS SPARTA!!!
GEE-yuh-TEEN- January 21, 2010 at 7:40 am
Didn't Floyd think MMA was gay? What's he doing hanging out with one of the faces of MMA?
VadersAsthmaMeds- January 21, 2010 at 7:37 am
Oh well, at least it's gonna be in Montreal. Hope the fans are eempress by the performans.
VadersAsthmaMeds- January 21, 2010 at 7:34 am
finally, first, mothafuckas
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