UFC president Dana White’s decision to no longer continue to do business with fighters represented by the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose has been well-publicized to this point. However, during an interview with USA Today’s Sergio Non, White gave indications that the recent trouble that has been stirred up might not be exclusive to AKA.
“It’s over a lot of different things,” White said in response to a question about why the UFC elected to release Fitch. “It’s not one specific fighter or one specific thing. It’s about a lot of different things with a lot of these fighters.”
As White continued, he made a casual mention about the problem extending just beyond AKA.
“And you know what? This is more than just AKA,” he revealed. “There’s other camps out there that we’re having trouble doing business with. And at the end of the day, this is a business. We run a business just like any other business. You come in, you do your job with your company and you get paid”
White has been clear within the last 24 hours that he believes he has made great sacrifices for the betterment of the fight industry and the fighters that populate it. Additionally, he’s been adamant about his level of commitment being reciprocated. The term “partner” has been one recited a great deal by White and it will be interesting to see the fate of other fight gyms and management agencies that display any form of dissidence.