Hey, remember on the playground back in the day when one kid was teased by another and didn’t have the mental chops to mount an effective comeback, so they instead resorted to physical violence?
That’s kind of where we’re at with Golden Boy MMA promoter Oscar De La Hoya and UFC President Dana White, only we’re swapping the playground for the mixed martial arts (MMA) industry and changing the kids to grown-ass millionaires.
White was ranting on ESPN earlier this week (watch it), challenging De La Hoya to a televised debate about fighter pay (among other things). I guess that request was denied, based on yesterday’s radio rebuttal.
“Let’s get in the ring,” De La Hoya told MMA on Sirius XM. “Let’s do this under Canelo, Cinco de Mayo. I’ll even give you five months so you can get off the juice. And then, we can get in great shape. And then we go three rounds. And look, I’m gonna give you what, a 50-pound advantage? It’s okay, I can take you on. Let’s do it. Oh wait, he’s never laced up a glove in his life. Sorry about that.”
Where in the world would he get the idea that White took steroids?!?
De La Hoya dipped his toe into the MMA waters last month by resurrecting the flatlined feud between UFC fossils Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. While their geriatric trilogy got the attention he was looking for, the pay-per-view (PPV) numbers were a veritable disaster.
So too, was the quality of the payouts.
No doubt White will keep the conversation going during his media appearances for UFC on FOX 31, but I’m not sure where we go from here, in terms of conflict resolution. Best case scenario? Nowhere!
Let’s move on, nothing to see here.