The saga continues as UFC President Dana White went hard at ex-boxing-champion-turned-promoter Oscar de la Hoya, again, on Wednesday.
White and Golden Boy Promotions CEO De La Hoya have been in a persisting feud. The UFC chief recently reached out to Yahoo Sports to point out inaccuracies in the former boxing champ’s statements against him, including some on ESPN’s “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith.
He chastised the UFC boss for apparently underpaying his talents, threatening to promote an MMA show that pays better than the UFC.
White then went back to the boxing promoter calling him a “cokehead junkie” who don’t even remember the names of his fighters on the card. He slammed De La Hoya for signing up a trilogy fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz knowing it would be a bona fide disaster for the ageing stars.
Later explaining his statement, De La Hoya again accused the UFC boss of paying a title fight contender with only $50,000 after earning a million dollars on pay per view. Speaking on “First Take,” Tuesday, he said:
“First of all, what I said [was] not about [White] personally. [It was] just about the business [and] about how fighters are coming up to me and saying, ‘Look, we don’t get paid enough. The UFC just sold for $4 billion, we’re here struggling and trying to make ends meet [and] fighting in a world title fight that does a million homes and I only get paid $50,000.’”
Wanting to set the records straight, White rejected De La Hoya’s accusation of his Golden Boy MMA being UFC’s parallel competitor.
“The guy wants to act like he’s my competitor. I have a real business that I’ve built over the last 18 years. A real business and I can hit you with numbers for days about [how successful it is].”
“How much has Oscar De La Hoya reinvested into the sport of boxing? We’ve reinvested millions and millions of dollars and we continue to do it every day. The list goes on and on.”
“The guy wants to come out and tell lies and say things that make no sense when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He knows nothing about this sport. He doesn’t know the [expletive] guys’ names who are fighting on his card. He’s a liar.”
“He’s a phoney and God help anybody who wants to go fight for Golden Boy. These fighters are grown, men and women. All they have to do is take one meeting with Oscar De La Hoya and they’ll see what he knows about MMA, which is absolutely [expletive] nothing.”
— MMA Refresh (@MMARefresh) December 13, 2018
White has categorically denied all his rival’s accusations of paying his fighters less than they deserve, including Lidell during his prime in the UFC. The president said Liddell never made less than $1 million in a UFC fight.
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