What a difference a few hours makes. Here’s what Kevin Iole was reporting from Dana White regarding Affliction back at 4PM EST:
White said an Affliction attorney flew to Las Vegas only days after UFC 100 and offered to fold and turn its contracts over to the UFC if the UFC would remove its ban on its fighters wearing Affliction T-shirts.
“I told him, ‘I hope you idiots stay in business,’ ” White said. “We had a record year in 2007. We had a record year in 2008. And we’re going to have an even bigger record year in 2009. I said, ‘I hope you … stay around in 2010 and burn every dollar you have.’ What they do is of no concern to me.”
Now that fun little speech in his article has been replaced by the following news:
Later on Friday, Affliction opted to get out of the promoting business and, in a joint statement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced it would become a sponsor of the UFC. The fate of the fighters under contract with Affliction is not known yet.
Now before I go into the obviously bigger deal of Affliction shutting down and returning to the UFC’s warm bosom as a sponsor, I wanted to point out that Kevin Iole just took a quote from Dana saying he’d never do business with Affliction and replaced it when news came out that a deal has been done … without even mentioning that he changed the fucking story!
I don’t even get why, because it’s not like this particular Dana 180 doesn’t make sense. The big rumor floating around was that Affliction was essentially going to merge with Strikeforce in some way. So while you may hate your enemy and want them to die, you still don’t want another competitor to come out ahead on account of spite.