Apparently Dana White thinks so:
White blamed what’s becoming his personal whipping boy – MMA web sites and forums – for spreading phony rumors about fighter pay. Couture, who is in South Africa filming a movie and couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday, released a statement in which he said he was retiring because the UFC didn’t sign Fedor Emelianenko and no other fight mattered to him.
White then launched into a tirade against what he called “the rumor mongerers on the Internet,” whom he said are, “the lowest of the low.”
He said fighters read those sites and believe them to be true, causing friction at the negotiating table.
“This business is like a beauty salon,” he said. “These guys are all the toughest guys in the world, but they’re like (expletives) in a beauty salon. They pass along rumors and gossip, which has no basis in reality and they believe all the (rumors) they hear. The Internet is very powerful and one of the best promotional tools we have, but it’s a crazy place.
“They hear these rumors and they believe them and then they get insulted like (expletives) after we try to talk reality with them. They’ll say, ‘Well, this guy is getting this much,’ but when I ask where they heard it, it’s never a contract, it’s always, ‘I read it on the Internet.’ It’s crazy.”
Whenever I see something reported in terms of fighter salary, it’s always official numbers that the athletic commissions release. Nowhere on the internet sites that I visit do I see people talking about these inflated numbers that Dana’s talking about.
Is it so hard to come to grips with the fact that you screwed up? You can’t use internet sites as a scapegoat for all of the UFC’s problems. Sometimes you gotta look inward.