ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: UFC President Dana White speaks during a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Don Frye and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White apparently do not like each other.
You have to look no further than their recent verbal jabs aimed at each other through their Twitter accounts and MMA radio shows. "The Predator" feels that White ruined the sport of MMA by not paying fighters properly and bragging about his Ferraris, while White feels Frye is just a "bitter fighter."
Sure, when two people dislike one another, their usually is still some kind of respect that exists between the two in some shape or form. Just look at Rashad Evans and Jon Jones. The two had a bitter falling out that lead to one of the most heated and real "rivalries" in the sport of MMA. Yet, throughout the 12 months of back-and-forth jawing, there was still a level of respect there as far as competitors go.
However, not everyone feels the same way, especially Don Frye.
Appearing on The MMA Hour, Frye explains his beef with White and says that despite what many may believe, Dana White does not run the UFC and is only along for the ride "using someone else's money."
Check it out:
"Like I said the other day, my generation, I got caught up in this internet stuff and squabbles and all that. My generation don't really do that. I'm not doing it anymore, so, as far as I'm concerned, Dana who? You know? I'm done with it. If he wants to sit down over a beer and talk face to face, because I'm not playing this bullshit game anymore. I met him when he first bought, or when the Fertitta brothers first purchased UFC. I had an interview with him and it didn't go anywhere and next thing I know he is bad mouthing me on the internet, so, like a dumbass, I started bad mouthing him. So I'm done with it now, Dana Who? Look, it's the Fertitta's check book, Joe Silva doing the bookings, ok? That is all there is to it. Those three guys are very respectable. You don't hear any of them cussing or calling anybody, you know, foul language. Those three guys are good guys and they run the organization."
When asked if he respected what Dana has done for the UFC and the sport of MMA in general, Don didn't mince any words:
"Why, why? If he doesn't respect what I've done for the sport, why in the hell should I respect, you know, that he is using someone else's money and somebody else's booking intelligence? No I don't (respect what he has done for MMA). Look at the way he talks about me and all that. If he does respect me, then I'll never say anything bad about him again, I'm trying not to now."
Why don't you tell us how you really feel, Mr. Frye?
"The Predator" began his career with the UFC during the dark days of MMA, amassing a 9-1 record with the promotion during his 10-month stint. His only loss during that time came at the hands of Mark Coleman, which was for the UFC 10 tournament championship nearly 16 years ago.
The beef with one of the most powerful men in the sport will likely leave Frye out of the UFC Hall of Fame for the foreseeable future, unless, of course, White takes Frye up on his offer and decides to sit down with a cold beer and hash it all out.
What are the chances of that happening?