A majority of boxing promoters have historically gone out of their way to say bad things about the sport of MMA. In many cases, the feeling is mutual as far as MMA fans expressing dislike for the sweet science. While many of those individuals may be under the impression that the UFC feels the same way as they do, UFC President Dana White recently said he hoped to see boxing succeed rather than fail.
“I want to see boxing pull bigger numbers,” White told media after UFC 152. “I’m happy for boxing. Whenever boxing does good things and they pull killer pay-per-view buys, I’m always watching to see what they do on pay-per-view. And I’m not like those (expletives) – they did this much, I’m happy for them. I want to see combat sports do better.”
Boxing promoter/manager Bob Arum has slandered MMA every chance he gets, once even referring to its participants as “homosexual skinheads.” As such, you won’t catch White saying anything nice about Arum anytime soon even if he appreciates the sport Arum is associated with.
“Bob Arum is a (expletive). For some reason he hates the fact that this sport is doing well, other guys are able to make money, other athletes are able to perform and do great things,” said White. “For some reason that bothers that old bastard.”
While he’s a fan of boxing, White has never understood why those associated with it are always so critical about every move the UFC makes.
“I’m not out there smashing everything they do, and saying negative things about boxing. Boxing is (expletive) great it’s an incredible sport. I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if it wasn’t for the sport of boxing. I’m not going to play Bob Arum’s little (expletive) game,” the outspoken executive concluded.
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