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Dana White Responds to Tom Atencio’s Challenge

The war of words between Dana White and Affliction VP Tom Atencio continues to heat up. Earlier this month Atencio expressed his desire to compete against the outspoken UFC President in a Mixed Martial Arts match under the premise White talked tough but may not be able to back it up. Never one to back down from expressing his opinion, many followers of MMA felt it wouldn’t take long for White to respond to Atencio’s challenge. They were right.

According to Yahoo Sports, the UFC’s head had this to say when asked about the possibility of fighting Atencio:

“If I were him, I’d want to fight me, too. I’m the guy who is killing all of his hopes and dreams. At the end of the day, I stepped up and said I would fight Tito and he was a fighter who people cared about. But why would I fight this goof? He’s neither a fighter nor a promoter. He’s a f*cking loser. That’s all he is.

Let me tell you something: When I was $44 million in the hole, the last thing I was doing was leaving the office and going out to train for a joke of a fight. I was in the office and trying to find a way to make this thing work. Why would I waste one second of my second of my day worrying about this f*cking guy? He should be worried about the millions and millions of his bosses, or his partners’ money, whoever it is, that’s he’s burning. That’s a complete joke.”

Atencio is 1-0 in MMA and in the midst of preparing for a bout against Randy Hedderick at the Fight Force event in Biloxi, Mississippi on June 27th. The card is headlined by a clash between heavyweights Bob Sapp and Bobby Lashley

  • Angry Mike says:

    Take that, biatch.

  • GetItOn says:

    Classic response. Dana does have a point. Great marketing ploy reversal by the UFC stating that they handle business and not play around trying to fight people.

  • madheartmma says:

    Dana WAS gonna fight Tito..a world champion at one time. Then why is he ducking the “goofy” tshirt guy? I WOULD MUCH RATHER SEE DANA FIGHT THIS GUY THAN TITO !! I think Dana is SCARED. Remember that “ARE YOU A [email protected]#%KING FIGHTER ” line? A fighter that WAS gonna fight TITO, but not this guy? And DANA said “He’s neither a fighter nor a promoter” (Tom A. )…actually HE IS. just not as successful as you guy. but he doesnt have a couple of BILLIONAIRE brother backing him. Dana just fight this guy, then you could really have an idea of what a fighters life is like. then you might PAY THEM WHAT THEY DESERVE. LET THEM START A UNION SO THEY CAN RETIRE W/ PENSION, HEALTH COVERAGE ETC.
    MAYBE DANA THINKS HE’S TOUGH CUZ HE HANGS OUT/ BOSSES AROUND SOME OF TOUGHEST, MOST HUMBLE (hint, hint) GUYS IN THE WORLD. Stop making excuses, if the truth hurts…say ouch! or owee. I’m just 1 guy w/ 1 opinion. I barely have $$ for ufc ppv or “goofy” tshirts..

  • FiteLug says:

    Dana is scared? Doesnt a high-schooler like you have homework to do?

    When you grow up you’ll find out its far more challenging to run a business and more scarey to potentially lose $44 million dollars of someone elses money than it is to fight a nobody trying to capitalize on your popularity.

    Dana is a Man. Men do not need to prove anything to anyone and certainly not when they are as successful as he is. Atencio admitted he knew Dana would not fight him so his “dare” is just a joke for publicity which he needs cos he cant run a company.


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