Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently had some harsh words for ex-boxing champion turned promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, calling him a “crackhead junkie” for criticizing Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) pay.
It’s a sentiment White found ironic seeing as how many of the combatants who competed at Golden Boy MMA 1 were paid very little (full payouts here) after Oscar promised he’d take care of fighters better than UFC.
Now, the former boxing champion has fired back at White, telling TMZ Sports that White is simply threatened by the new competition in town.
“Dana is so small and threatened by our success with DAZN and now in MMA that he is bringing up news from a decade ago to try to stay relevant,” said Oscar while taking a dig at White’s ventures into the boxing world.
”Boxing has entirely rejected him. And, MMA fighters are now realizing they don’t have to risk their lives just so he can get rich. Golden Boy and I are moving forward and are bigger than ever,” he added while saying the outspoken-president should worry about saving his sinking ship.
“Dana should shut the f*ck up and try to figure out how to save his own company.”
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell — the two men who headlined Oscar’s first event — did manage to walk away with a combined purse of $450,000. With pay-per-view (PPV) numbers still being tallied, De La Hoya plans to move forward despite being heavily-criticized by the MMA community after the fight.
As for Oscar and White, it seems the two promoters’ once-friendly relationship is now beyond repair.