“Are You F**king High”- Former Referee Blasts Dana White for Making an Outlandish Claim

Published 10/27/2021, 7:42 AM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 05: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 265 press conference at at Toyota Center on August 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC is widely regarded as the premier MMA promotion in the world. Ever since its inception, the promotion headed by Dana White and the Fertitta brothers has placed an emphasis on finding and recruiting talent from all around the world and providing a platform for fighters to establish themselves. In order to do so, the UFC monitors developing talent from different parts in different promotions. A fighter is then signed if he or she stands out. Conor McGregor is a perfect example of the same. 

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Furthermore, shows such as The Ultimate Fighter, Dana White’s Looking For a Fight, and Dana White’s Contender Series help build up-and-coming fighters in the promotion. However, not everyone sees it the same way. Former UFC referee John McCarthy lashed out at Dana White for making an outlandish claim, saying that no other promotion is creating stars the way the UFC is. 

is John McCarthy right in his assessment about Dana White and the UFC?

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He said, “It’s just not true because does the UFC sign fighters from the PFL? Does the UFC sign fighters from Bellator? Yup, so what’s he doing? Why are you signing those fighters? You’re the one that’s creating them? You’re not creating anything. If there’s one promotion that doesn’t create fighters for the most part [it’s the UFC].”

McCarthy continued, “UFC doesn’t do that. They’re getting their talent from somebody else. They’re getting it from LFA a lot of the time, which is great, that’s smart. To sit there and to say that, ‘Oh the Dana White Contender Series, that’s creating new talent,’ are you f**king high? You just signed Njokuani, Chidi Njokuani who has been with everyone and you’re saying, ‘Oh we’re signing the newest hot talent.’ Now that’s taking nothing from Chidi. I love Chidi, he’s a great guy but Chidi’s been with everybody and he’s a tough fighter but you’re not signing the new top talent.”(h/t middleeasy.com)

Dana White’s Contender Series is in its fifth season right now. Over the course of the previous four seasons, the show has added over 100 fighters to the UFC roster. While the show has not produced a champion yet, it has produced flyweight Alex Perez who challenged for the belt in 2020. 

Furthermore, the show also launched names such as Sean O’Malley, Geoff Neal, Jimmy Crute among others. It remains to be seen if any fighters from Dana White’s Contender Series reach the pinnacle of the sport. Till then, what do you make of ‘Big John’ and his comments on the matter? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is a senior UFC author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA desk, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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