Posted 11/21/2013 by Marlene Taborda in Untethered MMA

A Short Collection of Dana White Throwing Fighters Under Buses

By Mike Fagan, November 21st, 2013

Dana White threw Georges St-Pierre under the bus following UFC 167. St-Pierre, fresh from taking a bunch of Johny Hendricks’ punches to the face, told Joe Rogan that he had personal issues in his life that required him to take some time off. White thought this unacceptable. Injuries? Retirement? Yeah, that’s fine. But some time off? That is not acceptable.

When the hoopla over speculation into St-Pierre’s personal issues died down, White doubled down on St-Pierre taking time off, telling UFC Tonight:

“But, he made a big mistake, when he said what he said. Shouldn’t have said it, didn’t make sense, and it left everyone wondering what was going on, including me.

“When we talk about “GSP doesn’t owe you anything, you’re wrong,” here’s the reality: GSP took almost a year and a half off, and he’s had two fights since then—since he tore his ACL out. When you fight in this sport, there’s a small opportunity for people, and there’s a lineup of people who want a shot at the UFC 170 pound title. You can’t just say, “I’m going to put this on hold because you have personal problems.” You can’t do that. No, you cannot. You can’t do that.”

This isn’t new territory for Dana White. He routinely makes pinatas of his own fighters. A small collection follows below.


Jon Jones – Eight days prior to UFC 151, the UFC organizes an impromptu conference call. Dana White announces Dan Henderson injured his knee in training and has to pull out of his main event appearance against Jon Jones. Jones, according to White, turns down Chael Sonnen as an emergency replacement, “forcing” the UFC to cancel the entire event. This makes White angry.

“Jon Jones is a guy a lot of fans don’t like, and I don’t think this is going to make him any more popular. Lorenzo Fertitta and I are disgusted with Jon Jones and Greg Jackson.

“I don’t know why a guy who is a world champion and considered by many the pound for pound best wouldn’t fight anybody. It’s baffling to me. I’ve never seen it by anyone else.”

“This is one of the most selfish, disgusting decisions that doesn’t just affect you”

“UFC 151 will be remembered as the event Jon Jones and Greg Jackson murdered.”


Cain Velasquez – Junior dos Santos knocks out Cain Velasquez in 64 seconds to win the heavyweight crown on the UFC’s debut on Big Fox. Cain is knocked out before he can attempt a takedown. Dana White doesn’t understand.

“Listen, I’m no strategist and I’m nobody’s coach but I don’t understand why they didn’t go for the shot early. They should have shot in on Junior Dos Santos knowing that he has the power early in the fight and tries to knock you out.”

White even gets a dig at his new champion while burying the former.

“But the truth is that Junior Dos Santos gets tired at the end of fights, you know? Here he is standing right in front of him trying to trade and bang with Junior Dos Santos and gets hit with that big right hand right behind the ear and down he goes. Down goes his heavyweight championship.

“Get in there and start working him. Stay busy and put him against the fence. Rough him up and tire him out a little bit and bring it into the later rounds where Junior Dos Santos is well known for getting tired.”


Kenny Florian – Florian is the most surprising story out of the first Ultimate Fighter. After losing to Diego Sanchez in the finals, he runs off an 11-2 run, mostly at lightweight, and those two losses coming at the hands of B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk in titles fights. Florian rebounds with significant wins over Takanori Gomi and Clay Guida. With another title shot in the balance, Florian meets Gray Maynard in Boston. Maynard nullifies him for three rounds to earn himself a shot at the title. White lays into Florian.

“He’s one of the best fighters in the world, but in the big fights, he chokes. He’s here in his hometown, another shot at title and he sits in front of Gray Maynard for three rounds. He couldn’t let anything go. Gray Maynard fought his fight, did what he wanted to do, and dominated him.”


Anderson Silva – After submitting Dan Henderson at UFC 82, the UFC offers Silva the following opponents: James Irvin at 205, Patrick Cote at 185, Thales Leites at 185, and Forrest Griffin at 205. At UFC 112, the UFC schedules Silva to fight Vitor Belfort in Abu Dhabi. Belfort pulls out with an injury, and Demian Maia steps up in his place. Silva, claiming his opponent insulted him, clowns with Maia for five rounds in a fight many fans quickly forget. White is livid.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in the 10 years of being in this business. It was the most horrible thing I have ever seen.”

“It’s the first time that I’ve ever walked out of the main event and given the belt to the guy’s manager and told him to put it on him.”

Days later, White sets up Anderson Silva with Chael Sonnen.

“Chael Sonnen is going to take it to him, and hopefully we never see that again. If we do, I’ll tell you this: If he ever acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him. I don’t care if he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, I don’t care if he is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”


Rashad Evans – Following a victory over Quinton Jackson, the UFC awards Rashad Evans a title fight with Mauricio Rua. A knee injury forces Rua to go under the knife, and Rashad decides to wait. The bout is scheduled for March 19, almost ten months following Evans’ victory over Jackson. At UFC 126, Joe Rogan announces that Evans injured his knee and offers the fight to teammate Jon Jones. Jones defeats Rua, but injures his hand, and Evans is forced to take a fight in August. Dana White rubs it in his face.

“But, I have to admit, and he knows it, and he’s gonna have to admit pretty soon too, I was right. I was right and he was wrong. Here’s what you don’t do in the fight business, you don’t sit out and say ‘I’m gonna wait for the title shot and I’ll sit out for a year and wait ‘till this guy – who just blew his knee out – heals.’ That’s insane.”


Chuck Liddell – In 2003, the UFC and Dana White send Chuck Liddell over to Japan to compete in Pride’s Middleweight Grand Prix. Liddell defeats Alistair Overeem in the opening round at Total Elimination, moving on to meet Quinton Jackson (and potentially Wanderlei Silva) at Final Countdown. White sits at the English broadcast table. Not even two minutes into the fight, he’s talking about Liddell’s performance, concerned that his man isn’t throwing enough leg kicks.

With five minutes gone in round one: “Chuck’s not really fulfilling the gameplan right now. The gameplan was leg kicks. Work up and down, up and down, up and down. Chuck’s thrown almost no leg kicks whatsoever.”

Two minutes left in round one: “Very slow pace. Chuck hasn’t implementing the gameplan. He’s not doing any leg kicks. He had 10 minutes here to really work on Rampage’s legs, so when he came out for the second round he wouldn’t have any legs. Not implementing the gameplan at all.”

The round ends with a big Rampage flurry. White descends into despair in round two.

Opening of round two: “Now again, the big problem with the first round was, like I said earlier, Chuck didn’t do any of the leg damage to him. Didn’t really do any- Turned it into a boxing match.”

After Liddell let Jackson out of a corner: “The problem is he put Quinton in the corner and then let him walk out. That’s the problem. Something else we worked on. Something else we worked on. Whether you’re fatigued or not, the problem is going to be right here, you had a guy in the corner and now you’re out in the middle of the ring.”

After a scramble in the clinch: “Right there he should have thrown a knee or a kick or…anything.”

With hope fading: “Now Chuck’s throwing lazy punches that have no snap on them and Rampage won’t respect his punching power.”

Jackson takes Liddell and puts a hurting on him before Liddell’s corner throw in the towel. Dana: “Again, we didn’t implement the gameplan. And…there’s the result.”

I must remind you that this is but a short collection. White has also savaged Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock, Randy Couture, Jon Fitch, Mauricio Rua, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jose Aldo, Frank Shamrock, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, and others. Some of these are with cause. Most are not.


Mike Fagan is a weekly contributor to MMA Owl. He also hosts Untethered MMA every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at, also available as a podcast via iTunes.




Marlene Taborda