UFC President Dana White Reacts to Being Quoted in a Lawsuit Against Bob Arum

Published 01/16/2022, 9:30 AM EST
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UFC honcho Dana White has never really been appreciable towards TopRank kingpin Bob Arum. Both the combat promoters have frequently found ways to ridicule the other, and the same has happened with their fighters. Arum and White have seen many of their fighters go against them and criticize their work ethics publicly.

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WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is the one in that loop, who filed a lawsuit against his former promoter Bob Arum. ‘Bud’ accused Arum of implementing racial biases in his company, which the 90-year-old promoter denied. Meanwhile, UFC President Dana White has also been quoted in the lawsuit, where he had openly criticized Bob Arum. However, Dana White has nothing to do with the current situation and he recently reacted to being related to the entire issue.

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White said, “They could have pulled a lot of f*** quotes from me, from Bob Arum. They just chose that one. There’s got to be a 10page list of quotes from me about Bob Arum.”

“Sure [I am happy with the quote]. I will own it.”

The particular quote used in the lawsuit was when White demeaned Bob Arum for ruling away Terence Crawford’s financial demands. Arum initially told that he can buy a home in Las Vegas with what he spends on promoting ‘Bud’. In reaction, UFC president White went all out against the Top Rank chief.

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The rivalry has been prominent in several more scenarios, as Arum has also lashed at Dana White frequently. But he doesn’t relate to the current turmoils between Crawford and Arum. Thus, the UFC chief didn’t express himself very deeply in the whole scenario.

Dana White doesn’t go well with the boxers

Bob Arum isn’t the only boxing promoter who has come across White’s criticisms. Oscar De La Hoya, Jake Paul’s MVP, Triller, and several other boxing entities have faced similar heat from the MMA promoter. White always had plans to do something in the boxing domain and had also outlined ZUFFA as his first step up. But the idea is yet to meet fruition.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 8, 2019: Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, at a news conference following a title unification bout between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, White has become a prominent MMA promoter, turning UFC into a billion-dollar company and the biggest MMA organization in the world.

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Meanwhile, he has also hosted a massive crossover with Conor McGregor stepping up against Floyd Mayweather in 2017. Although White has been similarly accused of underpaying the fighters, he has still managed to pull off his goals better than many of his contemporaries.

What do you make of Dana White’s comments in the entire scene?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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