UFC boss Dana White has torn into members of the media who have criticised him for his handling of the coronavirus situation.
White has made it clear at every possible turn that he will do everything within his power to ensure major UFC events go ahead as planned, however, some think he is simply being greedy and naive.
White has since responded to those jams, embarking on a quite extraordinary rant on Instagram where he called out his critics.
“Here’s the reality: We will be up and running before any other sport will,” White said.
“Our sport’s different. We have our own arena next door (the UFC Apex). So we will fulfill every fight for every fighter this year, and we’ll get this thing done.
“Think about this: Go online and look at some of these people – and this isn’t a knock, this is just a fact: The weakest, wimpiest people on earth cover the biggest, baddest sport on earth. What do you expect them to say? What do you think they’re gonna say?
“I have over 350 employees who work for me. Multi-billion-dollar companies are laying off all their employees right now. We haven’t laid off one person at the UFC. And every fighter that fights for me will fight three times this year. Our schedule will go on.
“Everybody’s gonna get paid, and we will figure this out, and we will be the first sport back on. And, uh, f*** that s***. Everything will go on.”
White has stood firm in the face of mounting pressure in the last couple of days and continues to believe that the massive clash between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will take place next month.
“Listen, if you’re a fan, a media member, whatever you might be, do you want to bet against me? You want to bet that I can’t pull stuff off?”
The world is no doubt crying out for live sport and should UFC 249 take place, it would surely be a massive hit, even if it takes place behind closed doors.
Dana seems a determined man as well, so we would advise not getting in his way.