UFC Quick Quote: Dana White compares Jake Shields to Jon Fitch, calls him 'just another guy' on a 'downswing'
"We look at everything. Everything. Money has something to do with it. I'd be lying if I said it didn't. But, that wasn't the only reason or the main reason. It was a part of the piece of the puzzle as we were doing our evaluation of him. Mixed martial arts is a young man's game... I like Jake Shields a lot. But let's be honest here: Where was he going in this [welterweight] division of animals we have? He's on the downswing, and he's never going to be the guy. His stand-up never improved. He hasn't really shown anything in his last couple of fights to make you go, 'Holy [expletive].' Right now, at this point, he's just another guy. All of the people who had been [expletive] and moaning to me about Jon Fitch when he was fighting for us and were complaining that he was so boring, they all got outraged when we cut him. And it's like the same thing now with Jake. Well, the media didn't even think he was good enough to be in the Top 10.... We have 500 guys under contract, which is a lot more than we really need, and after each show, we really, really need to take a close look at what we do with guys."
And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus
Even if I don't find him terribly exciting, the ufc is stupid for cutting him. I still think cutting okami was a much bigger travesty though. I'm going to go on a little tangent here, but Okami had some pretty exciting fights and would be right in the mix, now that anderson isn't holding the title. The thing with okami is that he has boring fights when he versus lesser competition and is able to completely nullify them. When he faces evenly skilled opponents, they are usually very entertaining.
He also had some shit with the video game I forgot what it was but he got temporarily cut for it. Shields never had any issues and beat gsp in two rounds. Also people do not complain about Shields they way they do about Fitch like Dana said. Dana is losing his goddamn mind.
"DO YOU THINK I'M JUST GOING TO SIT THERE AND LET YOU KILL ME JON???"
You have to know what you don't know.
Can't say I will miss him or that I found his fights (usually) all that intresting, but I don't agree with the cut. It was a fucked up situation already and now that Dana starts to cut people he thinks are boring after just 1 loss, I just don't see how this will be good for sport. But that's Dana for you, just a scumbag running a multi million sport organization, he doesn't give a shit what his employess or the fans think about him, as long as the company is profitable and he gets his money.
Favourite fighters: Mark Hunt, Tom Niinimäki and Anton Kuivanen
If you take out the Fitch reference, and the unrelated "boring" rant, Dana's statement is very legit reasoning for re-assessing a fighter. While I dont think cutting Shields outright was the right move, Id say maybe re-negotiating his contract would have been in order.
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)