‘This Sh*t is Getting Silly’- Dana White Rubbishes Oscar De La Hoya Return Against UFC Fighter

Published 03/28/2021, 12:59 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 189 World Media Tour Launch press conference at Maracanazinho on March 20, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Dana White is one of the most honest promoters in the world. He may have a seeming monopoly over the MMA world, but he maintains the straight-shooting honesty that has brought him to this point. White is clear about people he likes and dislikes, and Oscar De La Hoya is definitely someone in the latter category.

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White went on an infamous rant when De La Hoya had booked Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz to fight. He took out specific media appearances to lambast De La Hoya and his venture into MMA with the Liddel-Ortiz fight. With the boxer announcing his return at the age of 50, media members at UFC 260 thought they should get White’s take on De La Hoya fighting a UFC fighter.

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“To box De La Hoya? Come on guys, this shit is getting silly. You guys just want to ask me silly questions. You have got a 50-year-old guy fu**ing boxing, and you guys are actually talking about it and covering press conferences? Come on, come on you guys.”

Hence, it is safe to say that the dismay that White had for the former three-weight champion still continues. But there is also no way that White would sanction a UFC fighter to go face De La Hoya on his return, right? Well, things can change and the adage ‘never say never’ holds weight here.

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Dana White: Would he allow a UFC fighter to box Oscar De La Hoya?

It is hard to say whether Dana White would allow a UFC fighter to go out and fight ‘The Golden Boy’. However, we can safely assume that he wouldn’t allow that. But there is also the chance that he would allow one of his fighters to beat the man he dislikes so heavily.

Shane Mosley, blue trunks, fights Oscar De La Hoya, black trunks, during a 12-round WBC/WBA Super Welterweight Championship bout (154lbs) held a the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday September 13, 2003. Shane Mosely wins by unanimous decision. (Photo by Chris Polk/Getty Images)

Exhibition bouts like this generate serious revenue. If the UFC could be looped in, they stand to make some money. But they aren’t short on cash, and it is unlikely that White would consent to this because of a payout. Hence, Triller might need to look at former UFC fighters not under White’s control anymore to find an opponent for De La Hoya’s return.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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