Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has been named one of the "biggest sleazebags in sports" by Gentleman's Quarterly (GQ) magazine, because he underpays his employees, bullies his rivals, and tries to impersonate Don King.
See the full explanation (with pics) right here.
Naturally, it didn't take long for White to get wind of his inclusion on a list that also features such illustrious "sleazebags" as War Machine, Aaron Hernandez, and Donald Sterling. But there were no F-bombs or fireworks (sorry about that), but rather disappointment that UFC as a brand had to suffer along with him.
From The Download:
"You're never going to be able to stop what people say about you, and everybody isn't going to love you. But I don't take offense to anything. When you're in a public position like this you're always going to have people say things about you. Believe me, if I worried about everything that was said about me, I would have been a mess a long time ago. That kind of stuff doesn't bother me at all, not even a little bit. It was definitely written by someone who is uneducated about the sport. I'm sandwiched between War Machine and Lance Armstrong. The thing that's unfortunate is that it's unfair for the UFC as a brand. UFC pays its fighters very well."
Dana White taking the high road? What kind of sleazebag does that?
While it's not uncommon to hear fighters complain about pay, there are just as many who are satisfied with what they earn. Take into consideration Josh Koscheck, who has his own private airplane. In addition, it's highly probable that competition to UFC would be equally ruthless if roles were reversed.