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White to UFC 152 critics, boo-birds: 'Don't ever buy another UFC pay-per-view again'
TORONTO – Dana White has reached the end of his rope with critics of tactical fights.
"Let me tell you what: If you didn't like that flyweight fight, please, I'm begging you, don't ever buy another UFC pay-per-view again," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in response to fans booing during UFC 152's co-main event.
The UFC president issued his plea at the post-event news conference on Saturday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
It apparently was an expression a long time coming.
"I've been trying to avoid this," White said. "I said I was going to do it, and then I said I wasn't going to do it, and I've been fighting with myself."
But in the end, White almost always fights.
"It's like, it doesn't matter what we do, how many fights in a row we put on, how many times these guys perform," he said. "I mean, I was reading Twitter tonight, (and) these people were ripping on the flyweight (title fight).
Instead of telling them not to watch, he told them not to buy his company's primary product.
"Don't ever buy another one," White said. "I don't want your money. You're a moron, you don't like fighting, you don't appreciate great talent, or heart, if you didn't like that flyweight fight."
White repeatedly has lashed out at those who attack the quality of fights in the UFC, whether they be too short, too long, too boring, too this, too that. He's also taken aim at critics of the UFC, and those who say shows are being watered down with too many events, and reporters that proclaim the promotion is on a downslope. But following UFC 152, he delivered the most pointed comeback of his tenure as the promotion's figurehead.
White spent several minutes conducting his own fact check on a column critical of the UFC in the Toronto Sun newspaper. He listed a series of claims made by columnist Steve Simmons and scornfully contradicted all of them. Before launching his inquisition, he asked if the reporter were present.
He wanted to offer his fight, his rebuttal, in person.
The audience at Air Canada Centre also wanted a fight, or several. The fans largely got them, but during a fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez for the first UFC flyweight championship, they booed.
Of course, there was no finish to the fight. Johnson and Benavidez bounded around the ring with blistering speed, leaping and parrying and scrambling for five five-minute rounds. It was the opposite of a slugfest. But the skill on display was unquestionable.
White said he was "horrified" by the live reaction.
Great response Dana. Because that's exactly what will happen. Seriously when is Zuffa going to get someone professional enough to deal with criticism. This guy clearly flunked his damage limitation class.