When pictures of Arianny’s Playboy photoshoot appeared on CagePotato, I wisely decided I’d let them keep that exclusive since we don’t have a legal department to forward on vindictive lawsuits from the UFC or Playboy. It turned out to be a good call, as they not only got a call from a UFC employee telling them to take that shit down but a second call from Dana White himself declaring he’s going to “fuck them”:
So the next day, saturday, around 2PM the phone rings […] “This is Ben, who are you trying to reach?” And the person on the phone says “I’m trying to reach you. This is Dana White” There’s a bit of a pause and it starts to sink in that this is not going to be good. And I’m like “Heeeeey Dana” […] And the first thing he says is “What kind of scumbag are you?” I was kinda stunned a bit[…]I knew I was gonna have to take a beating over the phone so I tried to apologize about the situation but there’s not much you could say. I put the pics up and took em down when we were asked and its behind us now. But he wasn’t really looking for an apology he just wanted to yell at me for 20 seconds. So he calls me a scumbag, he told me to go fuck myself, he actually said something like “How could you do that to this poor girl” which I almost laughed at. And then the capper, and I’m just listening, sitting there. And he says at the end, I quote “I’m gonna fuck you up worse than you’ve ever been fucked before.”
Now it’s interesting to consider what that’s gonna be about. I don’t think there’s one MMA website on the internet that couldn’t be sued by the UFC if they really got a hard-on to do it. We all have shifty videos or unlicensed pictures floating around on our servers, after all. Or maybe he just plans on blackballing them, barring them from shows, promo events, and expos. Too bad – ” target=”_blank”>that CagePotato punching machine looked like a lot of fun.
Whatever he does, it’s never good to be on Dana’s shitlist. But if he spent less time fighting the internet and annihilating fan sites for imagined slights, he might understand how the game works: big sites runs shitty shots (literally a picture of a picture), publisher sends standard cease and desist form already prepared for just this sort of occassion, and the photos go down. Fanboys look for tittehs but oh shit they got taken down and I wanna see em even more now! We all leave with blue balls and a hightened anticipation for seeing Arianny naked. Everyone wins. This is how it’s rolled for every Playboy issue anyone on the internet has ever wanted to see, and it’s about the best form of advertising the magazine can get.
But instead all Dana sees is a parasite trying to make some money out of the UFC, Arianny and Playboy. It’s basically how he sees most MMA websites, which is pretty fucking bullshit since MMA websites carried MMA through the dark ages and still play a major role in covering the sport and encouraging it’s growth. Dana should be fucking glad that a major player like Break is investing money into promoting the sport. Instead it sounds like he plans on trying to grind them into the dust.