Finally something that’s not a video and not political…
This was written, mostly in response to, a comment on MMAFrenzy. Enjoy…or not, whatever.
I’ll say it a first time, I’m tired of the Dana White bashers!! All this talk about “Dana doesn’t pay the fighters enough.” “The fighters need health care.” If it wasn’t for Dana White and Zuffa, these guys wouldn’t be getting half what they’re getting right now, at least not fighting in this country. When MMA was a dying sport (in the US) they believed in it, and put in the money and the work to get it (re)legalized, “legitimized”, and laid the ground work to bringing it to the mainstream. If none of those things happened, neither the Shaws nor T-Shirt guy would have been interested in MMA. As a matter of fact, T-Shirt guy probably made half his money off of Dana, and the UFC fighters wearing his shirts on TUF. I honestly remember thinking at one point that Zuffa must own Affliction because Dana was wearing their stuff all the time, as were all the fighters. I forgot which season it was, but Affliction was everywhere. If it wasn’t for that, T-Shirt guy would have had half the money that he used to start his organization. So, T-Shirt guy can think Dana for at least half of the money that he has from selling T-Shirts, and the fact that Dana and Zuffa spent the money and time to make MMA what it is today.
Do I think competition is bad? No. Am I glad that the UFC has competition? Yes. Am I glad that the competition that has gotten the most interest has been T-Shirt guy and the Shaws? Not at all. Do I think that the UFC still has some growing to do, and that there are improvements that will need to be made? Absolutely. But lets think about this, the NFL got its original beginnings over 100 years ago. Are the players treated better today than they were then? absolutely. Are they treated better today than they were 10 years ago? absolutely. The last “legitimate” competitor to the NFL was over 20 years ago.(XFL was a joke) MMA is only 15 years old, and its current form is around a decade old, it will take time for the athletes in the UFC to get paid on the level of athletes in other sports, but it will come. You can’t bankrupt the organization trying to pay the fighters “what they deserve” (cough Affliction cough ProElite cough) and really do any benefit to them in the long run. If you do that, then where do they fight? Do they just bounce around from failing organization to failing organization until the sport dies?
Just think before you go crying and moaning about how terrible of a person Dana White is, and how terrible Zuffa is because they “don’t pay their fighters enough.”