Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dana White Tells Fans To "Shut Up" After Incredibly Short Title Fight

Dana White isn't always known as the most eloquent of spokesmen, but his vitriolic response to critical fans last night was absolutely the wrong move.

After a title bout that lasted 64 seconds, fans took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure with the way the night went.  Fans were upset with the short duration of the title fight and with the way the UFC put the rest of the fights online instead of another network or PPV.  That made it hard for fans to enjoy the UFC the way they normally do: on their gigantic big-screen HDTVs 

White, the President of the UFC, got very angry during the post-fight press conference when asked about fan response.
"For anyone to [expletive] about this fight because they didn't get to see [this fight or] that fight ... shut up!  You should've bought tickets if you wanted to see all the fights," White said. "And you don't like to watch them on Facebook? Seriously, shut up."
I understand why fans were upset.  They're used to paying $50 and, even if the title fight is a bust, you still have probably a half dozen other fights to watch.  Some are good, some are bad.  Well, this time fans didn't have to shell out any money but most ended up with watching only a title fight that wasn't worth much.

You know the old saying:  you get what you pay for.

In any case, White was very emotional and reacted poorly.  I would wager that he was upset with how the night went as well, but he couldn't exactly voice his displeasure with Dos Santos or Velasquez.  Instead, he turned against the group of fans who have turned the UFC into the success that it is.

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