UFC President Dana White respects Mike Tyson, however he has made it clear that he wasn’t a giant fan of the boxing icon’s exhibition bout towards Roy Jones Jr. this previous Saturday.
November twenty eighth marked the primary time in 15 years that Mike Tyson stepped again contained in the ring. Concurrently, UFC had a Combat Evening occasion that includes Anthony Smith and Devin Clark.
Within the post-fight press convention, Dana White was requested whether or not he could be concerned with getting concerned in a legends’ struggle like Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. The UFC President acknowledged that the struggle enterprise is for the younger guys and never the previous, although he understands that there’s cash to be made on identify worth (H/T MMA Junkie):
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” he admitted. “To my core, I’m a (expletive) struggle fan. What I actually consider is that the struggle enterprise is for younger guys. It’s not for previous guys. Pay attention, I get there’s nonetheless some identify worth on the market and you’ll exit and you can also make some cash.”
Dana White proceeded to say that as a struggle fan, he desires to see the up-and-coming superstars show that they are the most effective on this planet. He acknowledged that seeing youthful fighters show themselves is what pursuits him as a promoter, not a legends struggle.
“Anderson Silva had his day. Roy Jones Jr. had his day. As we speak isn’t their day. It’s simply not,” he continued. “These younger guys that you simply noticed struggle tonight are the long run. These are the blokes which might be up and coming, and that is what I’m concerned with. That is what I like to do. I may sit right here all (expletive) night time and watch youngsters that fought tonight struggle. It’s what I like to do. It’s simply not what I actually like to do. There’s loads of folks on the market that do this. Loads of those that do the ‘previous man’ stuff. I don’t do the ‘previous man’ stuff.”
Is Dana White proper about legends fights?
Some would argue that Dana White’s statements do not maintain a lot weight as a result of conditions with Anderson Silva and BJ Penn, the place each got high-level opponents once they have been previous their prime.
Maybe the BJ Penn state of affairs was a bit worse, however with each of them gone, there aren’t many legends left who followers really feel have overstayed their welcome. Both manner, the UFC and Dana White are all about selling up-and-coming stars, and it is unlikely that we are going to see Dana White concerned in a legends struggle anytime quickly.
Printed 30 Nov 2020, 12:30 IST