Not known for sitting on his hands when questions are thrown his direction, especially in regards to competing promotion’s and their stables of fighters, UFC President Dana White recently had this to say regarding Strikeforce’s newest heavyweight acquisition during a recent Inside The Ultimate Fighter podcast:
I think it’s ridiculous. People think we’re anti-competition? We’re anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50-year-old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there putting out press releases like it’s a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker? Are you serious?
Which athletic commission is going to let this guy fight? Who the f*** are they going to find to fight Herschel Walker? A guy in a wheelchair?
Walker recently had the chance to fire back at White’s comments during an episode of ESPN First Take, where the former running back went as far as to extend an offer to the UFC figurehead to settle their differences the old fashioned way:
Who ever made [Dana White] the guy to measure athletic talent? I don’t think (he) knows anything about athletic talent. He knows about fighters, which is different, but I will say this: He’s running a show right now with heavyweights and I’ll put dimes to donuts, all the heavyweights on his show right now I will beat. That’s pretty easy to say. I always tell people put their money where their mouth is. Dana says I’m so old? Why doesn’t he step into the ring with me?
Most recently ULTMMA.com was able to catch up with Dana during a recent appearance at the Arizona Mills Mall, where he had a little more verbal fuel to toss into the flame:
He’s an incredibly talented athlete, or was. Would you not agree that Herschel Walker was one of the greatest football players of all time? Why isn’t he playing football anymore? Because he’s too f****** old, that’s why he’s no playing football anymore. And it’s absolutely disrespectful for him to think that he’s 47 years old and can’t play football anymore, but he can come over and fight? It’s like Randy Couture is two years younger than him, should he play in the NFL? No. I’ve got two word for you Herschel: Johnny Morton, okay.