UFC President Dana White is not happy with some of the writers at Sports Illustrated after a roundtable discussion that focused on UFC 162’s main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.
Maggie Gray, Chris Mannix, Ted Keith, and Andrew Perloff all discussed the possibility of Silva throwing the fight to Weidman and also suggested that fixed fights were something of the norm in the UFC.
White was not impressed and unleashed upon the writers while on ESPN and again this week when he spoke with them himself. Check out what he had to say below:
“I honestly thought you guys were calling to apologize because you were embarrassed at how ridiculous your show was,” White told Gray. “Now as I sit here and talk to you, you’re even more ridiculous.”
“If you don’t know anything about what you’re talking about, you probably shouldn’t talk about it. That sounds like a really good idea. That’s why you’ve been getting smashed by fans and why I smashed you yesterday at ESPN. Because if you’re going to talk about something, you might want to do your homework and know what you’re talking about, or at least you might want to have at least seen the fight so somebody on that panel would have had half a brain to say, ‘You know what, I saw the fight. The guy was viciously knocked out. How could that be fixed?’
“The conclusion of your roundtable should be that you guys should do your homework and understand exactly what it is you’re talking about. And if nobody watched the fight that day, you should at least know the sport is regulated. At least know some general things about the sport. At least do your homework.”