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UFC President Dana White

With a blockbuster television broadcasting deal with FOX firmly in tow, it appears UFC president Dana White has decided to pick a fight with “The worldwide leader in sports.” Late Friday night, the brash promoter was alerted on his Twitter that ESPN’s SportsCenter had included a knockout in boxing on its Top 10 list.

The fan seemed to be surprised that mixed martial arts rarely receives love on the network, but it’s just par for the course as far as White was concerned.

“ESPN always hated us and now they hate us more now that we are on FOX. They canceled my int next week for UFC Rio [expletive] ESPN,” White tweeted. “@JimRome is the only good thing about ESPN.”

Next Saturday’s UFC 134 event isn’t just a typical pay-per-view broadcast, as the show marks the company’s first trip to Brazil in over 13 years. In addition, because Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, didn’t start their reign until 2001, White considers this the Octagon’s “debut” in jiu jitsu country.

Furthermore, White claimed during Tuesday’s press conference in Texas that the world’s premier MMA promotion wasn’t just planning on stopping with their Rio event. UFC brass intend on bombarding most of Brazil’s major cities, as their economy is currently booming and their citizens love them some MMA.

Exposure on ESPN would have certainly helped their plight.

Of interesting note, ESPN 2 does broadcast MMA Live, a weekly mixed martial arts show that is predominately dedicated to UFC action and has also appeared live on location for past UFC PPV events.

1 Comment:
  • Dana White, ESPN probably hates you because your last name is "White", take a look at how the face of this network has changed over the last two years, my God,you have a hard time getting a hockey score, forget a hockey story,it is the most anti-white bigoted television entity next to the Law and Order franchise, it is no loss to you that they hate you, don't feel bad they hate all things Boston also, I would like to see some of those clowns at ESPN take a trip to my town, Charlestown or Southie go into a pub or bar and say some of the **** there, that they say on television, does anyone at Yardbarker remember the Potato Sheds!
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