Dana White did a great job of kicking boxing’s ass last year. During the whole De La Hoya vs Mayweather buildup, one of the biggest talking points right up there with the fight itself was ‘Will this save boxing from the assault of MMA’. Half the people involved from the fighters to the announcers spent waaaay too much time talking about mixed martial arts.
Dana White for his part mocked the card as a one-fight piece o’ shit, while selling up UFC 73 – Stacked on the basis that it was an entire card of wicked sweet fights. He also offered to have Mayweather fight Sean Sherk in MMA. Both were smart moves and sold the two main reasons MMA is making waves over boxing – MMA cards are always great from top to bottom, and if you want an indication of who’s the best at ‘fighting’ the MMA guy will always win.
The Dana most definitely won that round (fortunately no one in boxing took the Sherk/Franca fiasco and threw it in our faces), but this latest round isn’t going so well for him. The Anderson Silva / Roy Jones Jr situation has spun out of control, with Roy Jones Jr keeping the topic in everyone’s face. It’s hard to continue thinking of MMA as the top combat sport in the world when Dana White is actively disallowing a match between a boxer and an MMA guy. There’s huge logic gaps in that, but it boils down to the same gut feeling: last time Dana went on the offensive and boxing blinked. This time boxing is the one on the attack and the UFC is the one keeping their heads down hoping everything will go away.