There was some arguments in the forum regarding Dana White’s propensity for being an assface, and there were two general positions: those that felt Dana did a good job of controlling everything in order to protect the sport and his company, and those who agree but feel that he lets his personal opinions and feelings cloud his judgment too often.
Me, I think I lean towards the latter opinion. Dana’s like one of those abusive boyfriends … so fun, wild and exciting one moment but then in another he’s dragging you down the hall by your hair and calling you a whore. There’s no denying he’s done great things for MMA, but does that really entitle him to the unquestioning carte blanche many fans give him : “Dana knows what he’s doing! He can do no wrong!”
I’m not so sure anymore with this Randy Couture thing. While the UFC is definitely within it’s rights to sue Randy Couture and try to prevent the Couture / Fedor fight from happening, I have to imagine that a smarter businessman could have figured out a way to turn the tables and make this situation work for them.
Dana White has something of a history of getting suckered, which is probably why he’s so damned defensive now. The Pride sale turned out to be a pretty big bust – maybe you could have considered it a success when everyone thought it had killed off the UFC’s main competition. But with the rise of Zombie Pride and the apparent merge with HERO’s … yeah, no.
That wasn’t the only time Dana got bamboozled by Pride … everyone remembers the time Pride sent Wanderlei Silva into the octagon just to gain exposure for their company. After egg on his face like that, it’s not surprising Dana White finds the prospect of working with another promotion as appealing as a prostate exam.
So mix that initial general suspicion with an egotistical “Our way or the highway” attitude, and then a pinch of insane Russians and you’ve got a recipe for “No Randy Fedor in the UFC” soup. It’s not a very good soup, I have to admit.
So what could Dana have done? I dunno, but I do know that if he was craftier he could have figured out a way to sort all this shit out without losing Fedor to M-1 in the first place, and subsequently Randy to exile. Was the answer a one fight contract for Fedor? Was it some kind of negotiation with M-1 for a cross promotion? I dunno … only Dana White knows what cards he could have played.
All I know is that for all the hands there are, the only one he seems to be playing lately is the litigious one.