The UFC has released their response to ESPN’s Outside the Lines segment on fighter pay, and it’s a pretty good watch to balance out some of the accusations being thrown around by guys like Ken Shamrock. Oh, speaking of Ken Shamrock, here’s Dana White’s opinion on that guy:
“Ken Shamrock filed a bogus lawsuit against us and lost. He owes us that money. Do you know what I’ve done for Ken Shamrock? Ken Shamrock, when I brought him over, he was broke – flat [expletive] broke. He was in income-tax trouble. His knee was shot. I rebuilt his knee. I got him out of income-tax trouble, fronted him a [expletive]-load of money. We gave him money – literally gave him money – $60,000. We gave him $60,000 just to get him back on his feet. You know how much money he made in the two fights he fought with us? It was $2.5 million.
“[Expletive] you, Ken Shamrock.”
Don’t hold back now, man. Tell us how you really feel! Dana also explains why he had a bad feeling about the ESPN piece even before he saw it:
“They went out and tried to talk to all these fighters,” White said. “The fighters were calling us going, ‘ESPN is here.’ One of them notably was Matt Serra. Matt Serra said, ‘They come in, they waste my [expletive] time, they set up all their cameras, and when I started giving the interview, they didn’t like what I was saying. They shut the [expletive] thing down and left.’ We had numerous fighters say that. They were calling me and saying, ‘ESPN is showing up and wanted to do an interview, and when they don’t like what we say, they leave the interview.'”
Dana White has always had something of a contentious relationship with ESPN. ESPN doesn’t so much cover sports as they cover the sports on their network. Anthony Pettis could land a 720 backflip kick knockout and ESPN wouldn’t bother to sandwich the highlight in between dudes catching baseballs. So it’s not like the UFC doesn’t have a point with all their anger over the past few days towards the cable company. They’ve just … reacted a bit strongly to the whole thing.
The full and unedited 47 minute interview between Lorenzo Fertitta and ESPN is after the jump.