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Dana White to unappreciated fans: If you don’t like it, don’t buy it

Leading up to the UFC on FOX 4 event this past weekend, UFC boss Dana White had said the winner of the Shogun/Vera fight would become the number one contender. Considering Vera has struggled to make his mark at 205, MMA fans rightly took him to task for that. So White upped the ante for all involved by then declaring that the light-heavyweight who won most impressively would get the shot, including Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader into the mix. Machida was the guy who won most impressively so he will be next to contend for the title, after Jones and Dan Henderson settle up next month.

Well, MMA fans being the most fickle of spectators, many are still not pleased. White sympathetically addressed their concerns in an interview with Inside MMA:

“Don’t watch it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. It’s what everyone said about this card. All these geniuses who have all the answers are judging cards before they happen. You don’t judge something until after it happens. To judge it before is completely stupid.”

White has a love/hate relationship with the fans. He does listen to us when we bitch and whine about stuff…up to a point. Then he gets irritated and does whatever he does. Dana is much like Colonel Jessup in that he has neither the time, nor the inclination to explain himself to fans who rise and sleep under the very blanket of the MMA that he provides, then questions the manner in which he provides it. He’d rather you just said ‘thank you’ and went on your way. Either way, he doesn’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Dana is no dummy. Machida is the best option here. And it doesn’t even matter. If Jones wins, people are going to buy. If Henderson wins, people are going to buy. White eats breakfast 300 yards from 4000 fans who are trained to taunt him. So don’t think for one minute that you can go online, talk some shit, and make him nervous.

  • Letibleu says:

    anyone notice manny gamburyan’s shorts were kinda see through last saturday? I love that kind of fabric on a chick but seeing mannys ass crack for most of the fight was awkward.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    most people dont want to waste 2-5 hrs of their day on the possibility of a couple fluke decent fights on a card that on paper looks like a shitty regional show. Plus most people want to watch the event live so you can throw waiting for reviews right out of the window. So dana how about making fights people care about and are interested in. Granted this card turned out to be better than expected but thats like saying a chili cheese dog shit burger was better than expected because you couldnt taste the dog shit.

    oh and the customer is always right

  • Letibleu says:

    this card was better on paper than some recent PPV’s. that is sad,

  • ButtsexSocialism says:

    lyoto/Jones will indeed be well worth watching, but I like the way that he looked “more impressive” because Bader fucked up more then vera.

    Thats almost as good as basing title shots on twitter followers.

  • frickshun says:

    Did Tony order the fucking code red or not?!