Friday, April 17, 2009

Dana White Debacle

A story has developed over the last couple of weeks regarding Dana White,, Managers Credentials, and Dana's Video Blog. Here's the condensed version with a little background: Years ago, Dana had a falling out with, according to Dana, stemming from a disagreement over UFC DVD distribution. The UFC ended up pulling the credentials of Sherdog along with several other MMA websites. Since then, there has been tension between Sherdog and the UFC. Fast forward to April 1, 2009. Lorreta Hunt, the news editor of published an article about how the UFC has limited backstage access to some fighters' managers. An irate Dana White responded to the article on his video blog which included the usual F-bombs as well as a "F***in F****t". The later insult outraged the gay and lesbian community and GLADD demanded an appology from Dana, which he issued, also on his Vlog. issued their response to Dana's rant here. Dana has since done a couple of interviews where he addressed the incident including The Carmichael Dave Show where he states that he is no longer going to do the Video Blogs. He then went on TSN (Canada's version of ESPN) and fielded several direct questions regarding whether or not he thought he crossed the line. Fans have been begging Dana to continue witht he Vlogs and despite his previous statement to the contrary, he has done one Vlog since the incident.

This Saturday:
UFC 97: APRIL 18, 2009
venue: Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada

Main Card Bouts:
-Anderson Silva (23-4; #1 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Thales Leites (14-1)
-Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (17-3; #5 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Chuck Liddell (21-6; #6 Light Heavyweight in the World)*
-Luiz Cane (9-1) vs. Steve Cantwell (7-1)
-Cheick Kongo (13-4-1) vs. Antoni Hardonk (8-4)
-Brian Stann (6-1) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (16-8-1)

Preliminary Bouts:
-Nathan Quarry (10-3) vs. Jason MacDonald (21-11)
-Denis Kang (31-11-1) vs. Xavier Fouka-Pokum (20-9)
-David Loiseau (18-8) vs. Ed Herman (16-7)
-T.J. Grant (13-2) vs. Ryo Chonan (15-9)
-Mark Bocek (6-2) vs. David Bielkheden (13-6)
-Matt Wiman (11-5) vs. Sam Stout (13-5-1)
-Eliot Marshall (7-3) vs. Vinny Magalhaes (6-4)

Main card airs on pay-per-view for $44.95 in the United States

* Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings

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