It has been a few days since the third fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. Dana White the man that made the first two fights happen had been quiet until now.
White was not only the promoter for the first two fights between the two MMA legends but also a very good friend of Chuck Liddell’s. Before the UFC was bought by Zuffa and White was made president he was Liddell’s manager. He was also the man that forced Liddell to retire eight years ago after he suffered three consecutive KO losses in the UFC.
White was on the UFC Unfiltered podcast earlier today with Matt Serra and Jim Norton and boy did he ever rip into Oscar De La Hoya. Before his first foray into MMA with Liddell vs. Ortiz 3, he made it sound like Golden Boy Promotions was going to change the game for fighters, especially regarding pay and he tried to sell everyone on how the fight between the two legends was the fight to make. He also criticized Dana White stating that he shouldn’t be telling fighters when to retire.
Well as many fans expected a scathing rebuttal from White was delivered in which he tore into Oscar De La Hoya, calling him a coke head. Tito Ortiz wasn’t safe from the UFC president’s wrath either as he criticized him for siding with De La Hoya and Golden Boy.
“Oscar Del La Weirdo”
“People do think I’m badmouthing Chuck Liddell, but the reality is, first of all, lets says this first, I heard last week that the cokehead, ‘Oscar Del La Weirdo’ is talking sh-t, that I don’t have any place to tell guys when to retire. First of all, it’s called friendship you f-cking cokehead,” said White. “I’ve been friends with Chuck Liddell for 20-years and the reality is that Chuck Liddell retired when he should’ve retired, 8 or 9 years ago whenever it was.”
It didn’t stop there as white continued to hurl insults at De La Hoya for not caring about Liddell’s health and for criticizing the UFC for their fighter pay.
“Fighting is a young mans’ game. He can’t do it and Oscar Del La f***ing Hoya says ‘oh come over to Golden Boy where we respect the fighters and it makes me sick what the fighters were paid and all this s***,” said White. “Out of 14 fights on the card, five fights were amateur bouts which means they didn’t pay them jack s***.”
De La Hoya Was Happy With The Results
White was right as only four fighters made over $20,000 for their fight. The majority of the fighters made $6,000 or less. Of course, Ortiz and Liddel took home a nice paycheck as the headliners. Each one made over $200,000 and is expected to take home a share of the PPV sales for the event.
White went on to essentially tell Ortiz he made a mistake in siding with Golden Boy and that they likely won’t be around in a few months. Ortiz seems to have gone all in with Golden Boy as he has already stated he wants to be the promotions brand ambassador.