Sorry to keep bringing up this CagePotato / UFC feud topic, but considering we occasionally resort to satire when we aren’t feeling too lazy to pull it off, we feel somewhat concerned about whatever precedent is set here. First off, it looks like the UFC wasn’t fishing for suing opportunities since CagePotato became Dana White’s mortal enemy; instead, it was a twitter idiot that brought the gambling ‘accusation’ to Dana White’s attention:
But wait, it gets more interesting! Apparently the joke was relayed to Rashad Evans, who’s been somewhat paranoid about the UFC ‘wanting him to lose’ lately. Hey dumbass. It’s called “You’re the challenger, stop being a little bitch about it.” Here’s Lorenzo Fertitta laying out Rashad’s gripe:
The other thing too that you’ve got to understand is the fallout that you have. These fighters are already paranoid enough. Dana had to talk to Rashad on the phone for 30 minutes to calm him down, to tell him, “Are you crazy? There’s no way I would ever bet on a fight or bet against you.”
These guys go out and do this reckless reporting — it’s not even reporting — make these reckless statements and they end up causing us fallout and having to deal with issues. Why should we even have to deal with this stuff? They made this up and lied and put it online.
Fertitta goes on to say they’re still determining whether CagePotato’s retraction and apology was ‘enough.’ And lemme tell you what, I thought it was depressing enough knowing the UFC was on a hair trigger to sue fans. Now they’re preparing to sue sites devoted to promoting the sport. I’m glad they’ve got their priorities straight. There’s a lot of important issues that need addressing in MMA right now, and fansites cracking wise is right at the top of that list.