As much respect and admiration as Dana White has for Chuck Liddell, he has nothing good to say about the people who organized his return to the competition.
Liddell retired eight years ago last Saturday for a trilogy bout with his long-time rival, Tito Ortiz, in the flagship fight of Golden Boy Promotions' first MMA event. Unlike their first two meetings in 2004 and 2006, during which Liddell defeated Ortiz by knockout, this time it was Ortiz who left his caption, the other heavyweight UFC, on the mat.
The scene was bleak, especially for those who criticized Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya, who booked the match between Liddell, 48, and Ortiz, 43. White was one of those skeptics and he told UFC Uniltered podcast Tuesday that he had not watched the fight live, but that he had caught up on the results on social media the next day.
He wanted to point out that his problem was mainly related to De La Hoya and not to his close friend, Liddell.
"I love Chuck Liddell and I do not ever want to blame Chuck Liddell," White said. "People even think I'm just blaming, Chuck Liddell, but the reality is that, on the one hand, I heard last week that the cokehead" Oscar De La Weirdo "was talking about shit, I'm not had no place to tell guys when to retire. First of all, it's called "friendship". I have been friends with Chuck Liddell for 20 years and the reality is that Chuck Liddell retired when he should have retired. Eight, nine years ago, as long as it was. And Chuck Liddell is almost 50 years old and has nothing to fight. The fact that the state of California has even let this fight unfold is disgusting. Repugnant.
"Chuck Liddell has an incredible heritage. He is a great superstar in this sport, so of course, as a friend, anyone who claims to be a friend of Chuck Liddell and is anywhere near this fight is full of shit. He's not a friend of Chuck Liddell. To let him in and fight this fight is terrible. "
White acknowledged that Liddell was free to make his own choices and recalled how difficult it was to convince "The Iceman" to end his career at UFC in 2010. One of the most dominant champions and the most popular of the promotion in the 2000s, Liddell ended his run at the UFC with five losses in his last six fights, the last three by knockout.
When the news was announced that Liddell and De La Hoya were working on the return of the fighter to the MMA, White said it would "amaze" to see Liddell fight again. He is even more upset now after seeing the disbursement of De La Hoya's first MMA show, given the boxer's tension over how the UFC was compensating his fighters.
"The problem is that Chuck Liddell was a fighter," White said. "Chuck Liddell loves to fight, it's his passion, that's what he likes in life. But one day and age comes, the fight is a young man's game. You can not do that. And the Oscar king, De La Hoya, said, "Oh, come to Golden Boy where we respect the fighters and it makes me sick what these fighters were paid for" and all that shit. Out of 14 fights on the map, five fights were amateur fights. Which means he did not pay them shit, huh? And 12 of the professional fighters on the map did less [$3,000 show and $3,000 to win]. What are you talking about, cokehead junkie?
"Some members of the card earned $ 1,000 and $ 1,000. And he respects the fighters so much that he could not remember their king names at the press conference. "
Citing De La Hoya's documented drug abuse problems, White accused him of "snorting a ton of cocaine" and letting others handle most of the preparations for Saturday's event. He added that at first, he thought the fight would fail on its own. Once the wheels were running, he hoped that a big commission would refuse to punish him.
The fight finally took place at the Forum in Inglewood, California, under the supervision of the California State Athletic Commission.
It remains to be seen what was the financial success of Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 on the financial front, but White does not expect anyone to be satisfied with long-term returns, including his former rival Ortiz.
"Tito and Oscar De La Dummy" were made one for the other, "said White." First, Tito says, "Hey, you want to get paid, come see the Golden Boy MMA. Do not you care about me Wait a few months until all this happens Everyone will go after everyone in a few months There was no money there De La Hoya is a moron, an absolute jerk, and I do not know how Chuck allowed himself to talk about that stupid shit. "
White had even suggested punishing De La Hoya for mounting what he perceived as an unjustifiable spectacle: the 45-year-old should put on his gloves and get back into the ring.
"I hope someone will convince De La Hoya to fight again," White said. "I hope that the State of California will succeed the fight and I hope that it will be eliminated like Kuck, just as Chuck Liddell did it in the first round. F * cking nutball cokehead.