Dana White vs the Oxford Union

Everyone is having a good laugh at the idea of Dana Fucking White speaking to the Oxford Union Society during the leadup to UFC 120 in London. What, a foul mouthed Yankee involved with something that has the word Oxford in it? Poppycock! To try and put the situation in perspective, I turned to one of our resident Brits, Carcass, to tell me more about the situation:

Make no mistake, this is a really big deal.  Being invited to address the Union is a massive honour.  This is the oldest seat of learning and intellectual freedom in the English speaking world.  Of the presidents of the Union, five have gone on to become Prime Minister.  Many more were members.  Ostensibly, it is due to Dana’s success as an entrepreneur in turning the UFC into a global multi-billion dollar corporation that has led to his recognition and invitation.  However, anyone even vaguely capable of reading between the lines can see what is being set up here.  Some of the finest young minds from Great Britain and the rest of the world will be in attendance and probing for weak spots in Dana’s promotion of a violent sport.  Make no mistake, this is likely to be a hostile (albeit extremely polite) audience.

So let’s be clear: this isn’t going to be a big Dana White wanking session like the Fan Club Q&As. It’s going to be British academia trying to ask clever questions that paint mixed martial arts as uncivilized. Joining the Union is all about ‘developing debating skills’, aka learning how to tear someone down in a mannerly fashion. This event now sounds a hell of a lot more interesting to me than it did before.

And as far as it being unusual for someone like Dana White to appear here, he’s not even the oddest speaker the Society has had. Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, and Kermit the Frog have also made appearances.

  • subo

    TOTALLY thought Carcass was Japanese.

    I wish I could prep Dana for the co-promotion questions.

  • agentsmith

    I’m imagining a bunch of tightasses in top hats and monocles peppering Dana with questions like, “I say good sir, why dost thou not employ the Marquess of Queensberry rules?”

  • X

    I would think it should be beneath intellectuals to act like publicity whores. Because, for intellectuals, they sure seem like publicity whores.

    Bon fucking Jovi? Kermit the fucking Frog? WTF?

  • scissors61

    Carcass hit it on the nose. I had a hard time believing Dana would even agree to something like this…God willing there’s some hilarious Oxford JMMA fan in the club who will make him blow his top with questions about Aoki

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    This’ll probably be used as fodder for the British medical association’s attempt to join Canada’s in calling for a ban.

    What do you think,Carcass?

  • Carcass

    There’s a difference between the ‘joke’ invites (Shakira, Kermit, Charlie Sheen, Pierce Brosnan etc etc) and the serious ones. Dana is a serious one.
    Also, how is it being a publicity whore to invite Kermit the Frog to a CLOSED EVENT? The Union isn’t open to non-members (invited guests i.e. press excluded). Its just a bit of fun – they are students remember.

    The BMA has been calling for a ban on MMA and Boxing for years now. I doubt that this will make much difference. Their stance is idiotic and without evidence base and purely made on emotion. The BMA used to be relevant in this country, it no longer is, hence why I am not a member.

    Yes Subo, I’m white and British. I just lived in Japan and speak good Japanese.

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