Bully Ray has commented on what Dana White said about the WWE, replying saying pro wrestling is the grandfather to mixed martial arts.
According to Wreslting News Post, the former WWE superstar talked about White’s ‘fake’ comment about pro wrestling in a recent interview.
He said ‘fake is such a horrible word to describe pro wrestling’ as there is nothing fake about it, and term he prefers to use when referring to pro wrestling as is a ‘fighting opera’.
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He said: “As far as Dana is concerned, listen, he went out there he said something and I fired back with how I believe. I was not pissed, I’m not mad, I did think that he should have apologized to the wrestling world, not me individually or anybody individually.
“Come out and say, ‘Hey you know what, sorry I used used the word fake it’s definitely the wrong word.’ Because listen, if it wasn’t for pro wrestling, things like MMA would never exist. Pro wrestling is the foundation. Pro wrestling is the grandfather of all of these types of mixed martial arts and anything like that that you see on TV.
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“Whenever there’s a pro wrestling aspect to the UFC is when they draw the biggest number. And that’s not just me talking out of my ass, Brock Lesnar was a professional wrestler first and a UFC fighter second.
“When they do their highest ratings, the pro wrestling guy was there. You know why? Because he had personality and he’s larger than life. So to say what we do is fake or you know the professional wrestling business doesn’t matter, it’s kind of ignorant.”
The Dudley Boyz tag team member has a point, but I don’t solely believe pro wrestling is responsible for the rise of UFC and MMA. Mixed martial arts has been around of a long time and could have probably survived on their own in the main stream.
However, the likes of Lesnar transferring to the UFC do bring it a bigger draw. He became a main stream star in the WWE and when he brought his talents UFC, he brought that fan base with him. The same thing will happen once CM Punk makes his debut.
Once Lesnar left, a lot of that fan base stayed around because they enjoyed the product, but they were only able to see the product thanks to Lesnar’s presence in the UFC. UFC should be grateful and respect the WWE and not call it fake. It has helped build UFC to where it is today.