Dana White, much like Ant-Man and The Wasp actress Evangeline Lilly, is not here for your self-quarantining, as he absolutely went off on the media for criticizing him about not completely shutting the UFC down.
Calling them “the weakest, wimpiest people on Earth,” White went on a diatribe about how the UFC is totally prepared to deal with the current worldwide pandemic and despite postponing the company’s next three events on President Trump’s recommendation, White says the card featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson on April 18 will go on as planned, as will the rest of the cards this year.
Appearing on an Instagram live chat with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, White said, according to MMAFighting.com, “Go online and look at some of these people — and this isn’t a knock, this is just a fact — the weakest, wimpiest people on Earth cover the biggest, baddest sport on Earth. What do you expect them to say? What do you think they’re going to say?
“I have over 350 employee who work for me. Multi-billion dollar companies are laying off all their employees right now. We haven’t laid off one person at the UFC. Every fighter that fights for me, will fight three times this year. Our schedule will go on. Everybody’s going to get paid. We will figure this out and we will be the first sport back on and fuck that shit. Everything will go on.”
“Listen the media can talk as much shit as they want. They don’t feed families. They don’t take care of f*cking people. They don’t have people that count on them. They don’t have people to support,” White continued.
“We’re doing the right thing as far as medical testing goes and everything. That’s all we fucking do. That’s nothing new. We were doing that shit way before the coronavirus. We were taking care of people and making sure that everybody is healthy. Every fight that’s with me on the road is getting much better medical attention than they are at home if they’re with me.”
White says he told his roster of fighters that he will “do everything in my power” to make sure you they taken care of, but didn’t clarify if that meant the fighters who were supposed to appear on the three canceled cards would still get paid.
“We will get through this,” White added. “We will make it. All my people that are with me, no need to worry. Enjoy your family, spend your time. This is a big vacation until this thing blows over and we will be back on track and we will kick some fucking ass like we always do.”
That’s funny. It doesn’t feel like a vacation.
Dana white so stupid, UFC is in a position where they can still put on events because they dont need that many ppl there relative to other sports. Say that instead bravado bullshit like this. https://t.co/OXXgeEpxp4
— Eric Delgado (@EricDelgRLS) March 20, 2020
Being concerned about a deadly virus has nothing to do with being tough you fucking idiot. Stop pushing this narrative smfh @danawhite https://t.co/RQHguvqPyJ
— J.R.🔮 #Day70 (@RealReppin) March 20, 2020
The fact you continue to endanger the health of fighter at a time like this blows my mind. Like I get they are fighters and it’s the hurt business but just stop.
— Keegan McCann (@kmac77787) March 20, 2020