Dana White responds to Gary Shaw

Yahoo! Sports was able to catch up with Dana White and get his reaction to Gary Shaw’s comments yesterday, specifically about the pay per view numbers of the UFC:

“Gary Shaw is (an expletive) loser,” White said. “We beat our pay-per-view numbers from last year. Do you hear that? We beat our pay-per-view numbers from last year. We just don’t brag about it because we don’t talk about our business in the public.”

“And if we were getting competition, it’s not coming from EliteXC and both of the people who are watching their shows. This guy is a low-level bottom feeder. He didn’t like MMA a few years ago, but when he finally couldn’t make money at boxing any more, he came over to this sport to try to leech money out of it.”

Gary Shaw, Dana White just shut you down.

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19 COMMENTS
  • Kelvin says:

    Dana Owned Shaw…lol

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  • garth says:

    actually, white comes off looking like a classless halfwit. he says he doesn’t want to talk about business in public, while talking about business in public. i got showtime specifically to watch eliteXC.
    saying “both their fans” is just cheap snark, and his whole comment sounds schoolyard to me.
    weak.

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  • screwface says:

    love him or hate him, he never disappoints with comedy comebacks.
    he had to talk about it in public garth in order to address shaws comments. no way am i defending white, but if shaw and white were in the schoolyard talking trash to each other i gotta give white the edge on this 1. shaw deserved it and more, elite xc is the minor leagues of mma if ufc is the major league. wouldve been smarter for shaw to commend ufc instead of trying to bash it in the first place. this is comedy to me and i hope it doesnt end here. please shaw a witty comeback is in order :p

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  • C.C. says:

    so garth is one of the two people who watches Elite XC. Is the other person out there?

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  • Evan says:

    “Is the other person out there?”

    /waves hand

    I love the EliteXC but I cannot stand Shaw. The less MMA has anything to do with boxing the better.

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  • Popetastic says:

    Dana says some pretty stupid things sometimes. But I agree with him, here. Shaw is only taking shots at Dana White to get publicity for Elite XC.

    The last Ultimate Fighter Finale show was better than any Elite XC event ever done. And it was free on Spike. Nuff said.

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  • Ivan Trembow says:

    Wow, so the UFC’s gross PPV revenue in 2007 was MORE than their $222 million in gross PPV revenue from 2006?

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Hilarious.

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  • Evan says:

    Ivan

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news;_y…=yhoo&type=lgns

    • 1. Boxing: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, May 5: 2,400,000
    • 2. Boxing: Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton, Dec. 8: 850,000
    • 3. WWE: Wrestlemania, April 1: 760,000
    • 4. UFC: Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton Jackson, May 26: 675,000
    • 5. UFC: Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture, March 3: 540,000
    • 6. UFC: Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, Aug. 24: 520,000
    • 7. UFC: Liddell vs. Keith Jardine, Sept. 22: 475,000
    • 8. UFC: Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans, July 7: 425,000
    • 9. UFC: Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter, Feb. 2: 400,000
    • 10. UFC: Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra, April 7: 400,000
    • 11. Boxing: Manny Pacquiao vs. Marco Antonio Barrera, Oct. 6: 350,000
    • 12. WWE: SummerSlam, Aug. 26: 344,000
    • 13. Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley, Nov. 10: 340,000
    • 14. UFC: Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin, Oct. 20: 325,000
    • 15. WWE: Royal Rumble, Jan. 28: 314,000

    *Numbers not yet available for UFC 78 and 79, which are expected to crack the top 15. Source: Wrestling Observer.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    It’s always a little entertaining to listen to two guys trash talk. Little is the operative word. After a few clever retorts, you have to look past the chin noise and look at the facts. The facts are that UFC is hugely successful, and that success is due in substantial part to White. Nobody could or should take Shaw seriously until he has the same or comparable success as White. Sure he’s just trying to get headlines, but his comments are so patently stupid that his stupidity is the headline. Does anybody truly want that kind of publicity?

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  • Ivan Trembow says:

    Evan— I saw those numbers, and they don’t add up to $222 million of gross PPV revenue. So either those numbers are wrong, or Dana White is not being truthful when he says that they beat their own 2006 record in 2007, or the PPV numbers being provided to everyone else are not the “real” pay-per-view numbers.

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  • Evan says:

    Ivan

    They are still waiting for two to come in.

    “*Numbers not yet available for UFC 78 and 79, which are expected to crack the top 15. Source: Wrestling Observer.”

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    UFC 78 is going to crack the Top 15? That is surprising. That card was pretty much awful.

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  • Shawn says:

    All that matters is that Shaw is an idiot and the UFC is hugely succesful. Those are the facts. Love him or hate him, White can back up what he says with proof while every time Shaw opens his mouth he makes himself look more like an infected asshole than a promoter.

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  • Ivan Trembow says:

    Even if UFC 78 and UFC 79 both did WAY above expectations, there’s still no way they would have matched the 2006 total of $222 million in gross PPV revenue. So again, either the published numbers are wrong, or Dana White is not being truthful when he says that they beat their own 2006 record in 2007, or the PPV numbers being provided to everyone else are not the “real” pay-per-view numbers.

    The reason this becomes increasingly relevant is because the top PPV main-eventers are getting paid based on what they are told the PPV numbers are, and the fighters have no way of knowing if the numbers they’re told are the actual numbers.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    If the UFC is going to cook the books about PPV’s to short change the fighters, wouldn’t UFC want to understate the numbers? I can’t imagine a contract in which the fighters get more money as the PPV’s decline. If UFC is inflating the numbers, that should cost them more when paying the fighters. Inflated numbers might be in UFC’s interest when wooing sponsors or investors or networks, but I don’t see how that helps them push down fighter compensation.

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  • Ivan Trembow says:

    It doesn’t. That’s why they don’t inflate the numbers when they’re telling the top PPV main event fighters what the PPV buyrates were and handing out the PPV bonus checks. But apparently, of all the ridiculous things Gary Shaw said in that interview, the one statement that bothered Dana White the most or required a response the most was one that actually appears to be true from all indications: that the UFC’s 2007 PPV numbers were down from the UFC’s 2006 PPV numbers. And in the predictable bravado that you had to know was coming, Dana White went on the record saying that the opposite was true. My point was then to say that it’s going to become increasingly difficult to keep telling PPV main event fighters in contract negotiations that their PPV numbers are down at the same time they are saying the exact opposite in a public interview like this.

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  • anderson says:

    Dana is liar. we dont talk business in public? how bout him guesting in bloomberg and talking about business. how bout him always in the media and ranting this and that that ufc is a mulitmillion dollar blah blah blah.the truth is he is really afraid of the new competion out there.he hyped the ufc so much that theyre supose to earning tons of money.but he did not say that they also spend tons of money to advertise it.so actually theyre net income is not as big as he hyped it to be.
    the problem.1 now ufc fighters want a bigger slice of the pie—dana now cant deny he dosent have money.because he’s preaching that they have(but they dont)
    2.everybody wants to get in mma.specially bigger business people like the billonare dalas maverick owner. m1 .and now tito ortiz wants to go solo to earn biger ppv.. so if you pay low and these guys come in. it would be huge turmoil for the ufc. you will see a lot of defection resulting in court dates which is all bad for mma… by the way i saw the ppv numbers of Evan up there… manny pacquiao is no 11 at ppv but he got a 3M dollar paycheck plus ppv revenue of about a million…Coture is number 6 ppv. and gets 250,000paycheck. whats up with that Dana?pay fighters the right way

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  • rober says:

    hehehe.anderson is right.the ufc fighters should ask for an increase.they can do what hollywoood writers did.bond together and go on strike. until Dana gives them an increase.mma fighters train 3x more than boxers so they should get even more money than boxers. stop the talk Dana .and start paying!!!ufc fighers can use the mohmad ali act which states that fighters should get bigger percentage on ppv..

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