NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Dana White UFC President speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Tell us how you really feel!
Not that I'm an expert in International relations, but when you're trying to sell 80,000 seats at a soccer stadium in Brazil, it's probably not a good idea to go off on a rant about how awful the sport of soccer is and how any no-talent over the age of three can be successful at it.
But that's just me.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, on the other hand, speaks his mind regardless of collateral damage. So it should come as no surprise then to hear his take on competing sports when the topic was broached by members of the Canadian media during yesterday's UFC 149 press conference.
The UFC boss compares and contrasts hockey and soccer (via Calgary Sun) after the jump.
"I’m not a big hockey fan. But I respect how talented you have to be to play hockey. Soccer? That’s a whole other ball. Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth. There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. When you’re playing a game when the net is that big and the score is 3-1 (and that’s a blowout) are you kidding me? You know how untalented you have to be to score three times when the net is that big? Now back to hockey. You have guys on skates with crooked sticks and you have to hit a puck into a net that’s the same size as the goalie. And at any time someone could take your head right off your shoulders and it’s perfectly legal. That’s a real sport that takes real talent, speed and all the things you need to be a real athlete. Now fighting is a part of hockey and has been since Day 1. It’s part of the game. It is what it is. I think we live in a world now where everything has been so pussy-fied. When I grew up we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes. We didn’t have car seats. We didn’t have all this stuff. Now things are safer and we should be safer but let’s not go overboard. Fighting’s a part of hockey. Period."
I can just see the PSA now: "Friends don't let friends act like pussies."
The world's largest fight promotion was on the scene in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, yesterday (March 21, 2012) to officially announce it will bring an event to the Scotiabank Saddledome on July 21. White also confirmed the show will be headlined bydefending his featherweight championship against an opponent to be named later.
Also in attendance was Canadian Director of Operations Tom Wright, who broke plenty of news himself. He brought word that UFC 152 will be held in Toronto on Sept. 22 and UFC 154 will go down in Montreal on Nov. 17. That latter card may very well feature the return of superstar .
For a complete rundown of all the relevant (and non-pussified) notes and quotes from yesterday's presser click here.