dana-white-100.jpgAfter blasting Sports Illustrated on ESPN2, UFC President Dana White today made an appearance on “SI Now,” where he angrily denounced the storied news outlet’s coverage of UFC 162.

“I honestly thought you guys were calling to apologize because you were embarrassed at how ridiculous your show was,” White told SI Now’s Maggie Gray, who this past week moderated a panel of writers who discussed the possibility of fight-fixing at the July 6 pay-per-view event.

“Now as I sit here and talk to you, you’re even more ridiculous, and I’ll bet you this whole interview doesn’t see the light of day. If your producer’s smart, he’ll take this tape out and throw it right in the garbage so the world can’t hear what I’m saying to you right now.”

SI, of course, did release the interview as part of the show, which covers a variety of current topics in the sports world. On Wednesday, an SI PR rep declined to comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on White’s interview with ESPN2's “Highly Questionable,” where he interrupted an interview to blast the SI panel.

Gray defended the segment by saying the topic of fight-fixing had also been broached by reporters covering the event. She said the panelists were having a general conversation about its possibility and that the show didn’t have an expert on hand that particular day. (SI’s Chris Mannix, a boxing writer, was the only participant with a combat-sports background. He indicated it was unlikely that Chris Weidman‘s upset win over Anderson Silva would be fixed.)

The lack of an MMA presence on the show, which was highlighted by one reporter’s question of whether the sport was less regulated than boxing, sent White into a tirade.

“If you don’t know anything about what you’re talking about, you probably shouldn’t talk about it,” he bellowed. “That sounds like a really good idea. That’s why you’ve been getting smashed by fans and why I smashed you yesterday at ESPN. Because if you’re going to talk about something, you might want to do your homework and know what you’re talking about, or at least you might want to have at least seen the fight so somebody on that panel would have had half a brain to say, ‘You know what, I saw the fight. The guy was viciously knocked out. How could that be fixed?’

“The conclusion of your roundtable should be that you guys should do your homework and understand exactly what it is you’re talking about. And if nobody watched the fight that day, you should at least know the sport is regulated. At least know some general things about the sport. At least do your homework.”

White eventually calmed down and spoke about the rematch between Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) and Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) that’s scheduled for Dec. 28 at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. Gray even invited him to appear in person on “SI Now.” Whether he takes that invitation is anyone’s guess.

For the latest on UFC 168, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Dana White)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight, Episode 6: Outdoorsmen They Are Not

  • 25 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC president Dana White, Matt Serra and Nick "The Tooth" head to Sioux Falls, S.D., for a camping trip. Dana, Matt and Nick are completely out of their element. read news >>

Unbeaten Prospect Phil Hawes Makes Quick Turnaround, Faces Louis Taylor at WSOF 32

  • 24 days ago
  • 40 views

World Series of Fighting announced today that undefeated prospect Phil Hawes will make a quick turnaround and step back in the decagon cage just six weeks after his promotional debut. read news >>

UFC Statement on Daniel Omielanczuk

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency informed Daniel Omielanczuk of a potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation involving Meldonium, a prohibited substance on the Wor read news >>

UFC Statement on Islam Makhachev

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 views

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has lifted Islam Makhachev’s provisional suspension due to recent WADA statements regarding the handling of Meldonium cases. read news >>

Lorenzo Fertitta on Rumored UFC Sale: ‘There’s Nothing to Report’

  • 17 days ago
  • 12 views

Company CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White continue to deny that the UFC has been sold. read news >>

Dana White on Jon Jones UFC 200 Removal: ‘This is devastating to Daniel Cormier’

  • 17 days ago
  • 291 views

While the UFC moved swiftly to elevate Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt to the UFC 200 main event, Dana White held out hope to get Daniel Cormier another fight. read news >>

Dana White Has 'Zero' Conor McGregor Regrets After Jon Jones' UFC 200 Removal

  • 17 days ago
  • 112 views

UFC president Dana White insisted he has no regrets about pulling Conor McGregor from the UFC 200 card, despite the headline bout for Saturday's Las Vegas event being removed after Jon Jones' potenti read news >>

Dana White Has ‘Zero’ Regret Pulling Conor McGregor from UFC 200

  • 16 days ago
  • 23 views

With Jon Jones having to be pull out with just three days left from UFC 200, one might think Dana White may have some regret in choosing to pull Conor McGregor. read news >>

Dana White: ‘Daniel Cormier Will Fight at UFC 200'

  • 16 days ago
  • 73 views

UFC president Dana White on Thursday declared Daniel Cormier will fight at UFC 200. Who will he face? read news >>

UFC 200 Embedded, Episode 5: Dana White Drops the Jon Jones Bomb on Daniel Cormier

  • 16 days ago
  • 26 views

On Episode 5 of UFC 200 Embedded, UFC president Dana White informs light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier that Jon Jones is out of the title fight. read news >>