Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way during his time as head cheese of the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion (like this guy), perhaps most famously ex-light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.
"I think the promotion would completely fail. I think it would crash and burn, that's my opinion. I think Dana does a great job with the promotion. Sometimes we don't agree on the same things but that's just between me and him. Like I say, it's a girlfriend-boyfriend type of relationship, him being the girlfriend of course. Dana does a great job with what he does and that's why the company is worth four billion dollars. Lorenzo [Fertitta] has stepped in and is doing an amazing job - from stepping down from Station Casinos - for what he does now. And giving the opportunity to Cris, I'm very thankful for that. But at the end of the day this is a business to them and if they're able to sell it off for four billion, do what's needed. I gave my heart and soul, blood, sweat, and tears to the company. I've gone on with my business and that's the way it is. I think if the Chinese company didn't bring Dana in it would crash and burn. It would be a lost cause but I guess it's up to Dana to make those decisions."
If there is $4 billion on the table, Uncle Dana is ready to talk.
Rumors have been swirling in recent weeks about a potential sale of UFC, with interest being shown from several Chinese-run financial conglomerates. White and ZUFFA top cop Lorenzo Fertitta insist they're here to stay, but that remains to be seen.
In the interim, blame this.