Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is hoping his roster of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters -- who "try to be fucking funny on Twitter" -- can use some "fucking common sense" when publishing their unique brand of humor across the popular social media network.
Yes Conor McGregor, he's looking at you.
White had a chance to sit down with the MMA media on Thursday (Oct. 17) to give his thoughts on the "Notorious" tweet (video here), one that suggested a doomsday scenario would not be complete unless he was participating in a three-way with top bantamweight stars Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.
"When I found out about that, I reached out to him, and he had already written an apology, He's a young kid that made a real dumb tweet. He apologized. I had talked to Miesha and Ronda, both of them were like, ‘Yeah, whatever. Not a big deal.' He likes both of them, respects them. These guys try to be fucking funny on Twitter. The crazy part is, he's been trying to hit Ronda up, he wants to go train with Ronda. And then you're gonna send a tweet like that with somebody you want to hang out with and train with, it just makes no sense. I don't expect people to be fucking rocket scientists here. We're not gonna go out and find a cure for cancer or anything, all I ask for is a little common sense. Just a little tiny bit of fucking common sense."
McGregor later apologized (read it) and Tate didn't seem too bent out of shape (tee hee).
Unfortunately for the feisty featherweight, the promotion has a history of public indecorum, which includes a couple of rape tweets, one intended to be funny (it wasn't) and the other designed to provide a social critique (it didn't), Why so many repeat offenders?
Despite the promotion's code of conduct, some combatants haven't gotten used to the fact that they're no longer fighting in a dirt-floor arena for 25 bucks and a coupon for free curly fries. ZUFFA is a global enterprise with a major television network deal and as such, expects its fighters to exhibit good behavior.
Or at least a little common sense.