“Needs to Be Stopped”: Oscar De La Hoya’s Boxer Condemns Dana White’s “Horrible Idea”

Published 01/21/2023, 9:45 AM EST

There have been numerous conversations about the new power slap league ever since Dana White announced it, last November. It was understandable why many people were pessimistic about the prospect of slapping people as a sport. Many others, including UFC fighters, publicly discussed how ridiculous the show was. However, the UFC president cared about none and was adamant about moving forward with the reality show. At the moment, it is the tweet of Ryan Garcia calling out the UFC president’s new venture that’s catching the attention of the netizens.

Ryan Garcia on Power Slap

On Twitter, the former WBC interim lightweight champion posted, “Power slapping is a horrible idea and needs to be stopped.” After the tweet, people also see the possibility of Ryan Garcia‘s opinion being highly biased because of his strong relationship with Oscar De La Hoya. Garcia’s career has always been associated with De La Hoya since he was just 18 years old. It is a known fact that Oscar De La Hoya and Dana White share a bitter relationship.

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Under the post, the retired MMA fighter, Gerald Harris, commented that Garcia is the wrong person to say so, as he earns a living by knocking people. However, the interim lightweight champion was prepared with the ideal response. He clarified that people shouldn’t overlook the clear reason why many people are opposed to the Power Slap League. In contrast to the Power Slap, in other combat sports, both combatants can defend one another. However, in the Power Slap contenders must wait for their turn before giving their opponent the hardest slap they can muster.

Dana White paving the way for the disaster?

According to White, the aim of the reality show is to test the toughest person of all. The backlash White received after the announcement of the show is backed by strong scientific reasons too. The consultant neurologist professor Nikos Evangelo at Nottingham University hospital told Sky News One of the problems with Power Slap is that the participants are penalized when they move or flinch. Any movement that might reduce the effect of the blow to the head is penalized.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC President Dana White attends a news conference for the bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

He further explained, “impact to the head, from an angle, can cause rotational forces on the brain“. According to the neurologist, this is the “recipe for disaster“.

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Even the toughest people find the game to be inhumane and violent. The game’s rules are straightforward, but also highly risky.

Although, it was noted that the show had very few views following the first episode. Only 295,000 people saw the show’s launch. The future of the program is still up in the air for viewers all across the world.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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