There is no pretending that the UFC isn’t having issues with injuries in 2012, and they all seem magnified in the wake of the cancellation of UFC 151. Shortly after the conclusion of the UFC 152 conference call, it was announced Quinton Jackson and Jose Aldo were out of their fights at UFC 153. In an hour, the main and co-main event were in shambles, and UFC fans were left asking what’s with all of the injuries? According to UFC President Dana White, “The only way it can be explained is it’s a string of horrible (expletive) luck.”
White had a lot to say when he sat down with MMAFighting on the reasons why the injuries seemed to be piling up.
“I’ve been so (expletive) tired of answering this question over the last couple of days about fighter insurance, there’s too many events, the lists goes on and on,” explained the upset executive. “”The biggest (expletive) problem is we got too many rich guys. Money is the biggest detriment to the fight business. Back in the old days when we were just getting going, dudes had to pay the (expletive) rent.”
In White’s opinion, as soon as the UFC grew, everything changed, declaring, “Once the money starts to pile up. You get some of these guys who have a few million in the bank, getting punched in the face everyday isn’t too (expletive) cool. But when guys are (expletive) hungry and they want that (expletive) money and want to get out there and get more of it and more of it and more of it.
To help prevent injuries, some fans and media members have said the UFC should add lifestyle clauses to their contracts like forbidding the fighters from riding motorcycles.
“Yes, I could put in the contracts, ‘You’re not driving a (expletive) motorcycle,’” White said. “But I’m not with him. If I say, ‘No (expletive) motorcycles,’ and a fighter rides a motorcycle anyway and hurts himself, what am I going to do,” asked White rhetorically. “We can’t hurt him worse than he already hurt himself. Now he’s not going to make any money for a year-and-a-half. He’s not going to fight. He just lost a year-and-a-half of his career. He’s going to hurt himself more than I could ever hurt him.”
Then there is the oversaturation argument, but White feels the number of shows they put on on is necessary if fans want the UFC to develop top fighters in so many weight classes, stating, “The more money, the more weight classes, the more fights, it’s what needs to be done for the sport to grow. And there’s demand for it. It’s not like we’re putting on all these fights and (expletive) three people are showing up. We’re still breaking records and all these different things.”
Of course, White wasn’t wholly negative, adding that he feels it is not time to panic and that things are getting better by the day.
“Everything is awesome. Everything couldn’t be going better. It seems like every day when you turn on the (expletive) computer, there’s all this doom and gloom. The UFC is a fad, this, that, and everything else from all these dumb (expletives) who don’t really know what’s going on, what the plans are, what we got teed up,” White concluded. “We’re gonna shock the world again in the next two years.”
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