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Yahoo Sports does the UFC’s dirty work

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dana White doesn’t always tell the truth when he talks to the media. Often times he’ll say things to create a buzz. Other times he will say things to try and force negotiations through with fighters. In the case of telling Yahoo Sports the Wanderlei Silva fight is off, my bet is this is just the latest bit of hardballing that Dana White is doing to try and push the deal through. Let’s look at the two key bits in this article:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is scrambling for a main event for the company’s planned Sept. 22 show at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., after light heayweight Wanderlei Silva told UFC president Dana White through an intermediary that he did not want to fight Chuck Liddell.

But White said Wednesday he was told by a member of Silva’s Chute Box team that Silva did not want to fight Liddell. White said the deadline for having the fight made was Wednesday.

Lets see: the fight is off because a ‘member’ of Silva’s Chute Boxe team said Silva didn’t want to fight Chuck. How beleivable does that sound, especially since Silva has confirmed the fight on his website? And how fucking lax is it that the writer Kevin Iole didn’t flex his journalistic muscles (or awaken his journalistic integrity) and actually contact someone from Chute Boxe himself to confirm Dana White’s statement?

Dana White is basically using the Marty McFly attack: Call the guy a chicken, and see what happens. I’m just literally amazed that Kevin Iole is so far up Dana’s ass that he’ll just pass along whatever he’s told without doing even a little bit of research. Of course, I guess that’s the price you gotta pay to get your stupid fucking face on the Countdown shows, huh Kevin?

So Kevin … what about the post on Wanderlei Silva’s site which says he was ready to fight? What about contacting Chute Boxe and confirming Dana White’s statements? How about you stop being a fucking buttboy for the UFC and actually do some real reporting?

  • Wu Tang

    These guys are jumping on the banwagon on the MMA fight train. These writers dont know jack, rather, they only know whats on paper and doesnt feel for the sport such as me and many memebers on this great fucken site! They are only fans on paper and to make money and write.

  • Jonathan

    I am not sure how I feel about the article or the way that the fight…or supposed fight is carrying on. It seems like everyone wants this fight to happen, so I am guessing that if it doesn’t happen, then someone isn’t being offered enough money. If that is the case, I blame Dana White.

  • DJ Hapa

    Thanks for saying that. Someone had to. As more and more of these clowns start covering MMA, they are going to be looking to suck up to Dana White. Iole though is the most obvious right now.

  • intenso

    I get the impression that with most “journalists” it’s not worth their time to look into anything.
    Why would anybody go to Yahoo for MMA news anyway.

  • http://myballs.com Big Fern

    Didnt Silva say he was taking the rest of the year off to regroup after his 2nd straight loss. Peeps haveshort term memories.

  • intenso

    money talks.

  • TIGERTAO

    All this crap and then Hackleton (Chuck Liddel’s coach) says nobody has even contacted Chucks camp regarding this fight! Your right to call shenanigans on the whole freakin thing, but do you not notice what Dana’s really doing? He’s keeping the MMA Sites/Blogs full of UFC news and rumour mongering, there aint no such thing as bad publicity guys!
    (Except to those of us who know he’s a total A hole…)

    Keep it up Fightlinker!

  • Ken

    Maybe I don’t comprehend Brazilian but according to Silva’s website he wants to fight. What web of deceit is Dana weaving?

  • intenso

    Chuck, Wandi and Dana/the UFC are most likely all working together to build hype for the fight. “you didn’t want this fight.” “no YOU didn’t want this fight.”

  • matt

    *Hackelman* Liddell*

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