On the heels of his latest verbal tirade to the LA Times, always outspoken and often controversial UFC President Dana White has launched his latest verbal assault on Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce in a conversation with Dave Meltzer from Yahoo! Sports.
“CBS made its biggest mistake partnering with a tiny, small show with a roster no one cares about,” said White. “Just because you read on MMA.TV that someone is a superstar doesn’t make it true.”
While the recent airing of “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” on CBS didn’t shatter any records in terms of the most viewed MMA events in history, to pretend like the card didn’t deliver as a whole, or that Strikeforce is a promotion no one cares about is the the type of talk that makes that person’s word less credible in the future.
Obviously White has his job to do as a promoter, and he’s damn good at doing it, but those type of comments are a slap in the face of any mixed martial arts fan that knows better.
It’s one thing to be the best at what you do, and it’s quite another to stoop to such levels to remind yourself and the rest of the MMA community that you’re still the best.
It’s like having a girlfriend that’s absolutely crazy about you, but constantly having to go around shooting down any other guy you see just to make yourself feel better and more secure in the relationship. Just doesn’t make sense to me. She may talk to other guys, but it’s you she’s in love with.
That’s the exact type of insecure behavior that will often cause someone to flee in the other direction.
Furthermore, in what seems to be a much more revealing comment, Dana went on to state, “If I hear any of you guys [sportswriters] calling Fedor the best pound-for-pound, I’m going to go postal. Do you think Brett Rogers would have lasted two minutes with Brock [UFC heavyweight champ Lesnar]? What do you think Cain Velasquez would do to him?”
Now that statement just flat out reeks of passive aggressiveness, and subtle intimidation.
I feel confident that there a large percentage of sportswriters that very much consider Fedor Emelianenko to be the best pound for pound fighter on the planet. Many that have felt that way for years now. A quick review of many of the most respected pound for pound polls would tell you that it’s actually a quite common sentiment.
But if the president of the largest fighting promotion hears you proclaiming this belief in public, he’s going to go postal. Seriously? What does that even entail?
Just the sheer scope of the statement is enough to make many journalists hoping to get on the good side of Dana think twice about ever running a story referencing Fedor as the greatest fighter on the planet ever again in fear of the possible repercussions.
Fedor is the best pound for pound fighter in the world right now. Unlike Brock Lesnar and Anderson Silva, the man has never suffered a legit defeat in over thirty professional bouts against some of the most dangerous men on the planet. Emelianenko leaves no doubt, only speculation.