Frank Shamrock: The whole sport of MMA is ridiculous because of Dana WhitePosted on September 14, 2012, 03:00 PM by Mike Drahota
Former UFC champion Frank Shamrock makes no bones about his beef with UFC President Dana White. Now that he has anew book coming out soon, it appears that he is becoming more outspoken than usual, which is quite substantial. Shamrock takes the stance of the lesser majority in that he sides completely with Jon Jones regarding the UFC debacle:
“I don’t know if Jones made the right decision or not, but I liked the decision,” said Shamrock. “I personally don’t like Dana so I like that he stood up to him. Dana is just a big bully and a blow hard. It’s sad to see someone of Jones’ stature brought down by the President of the company. He was basically laid out and destroyed because he didn’t take one for the team. I feel bad for the fans, but fighting is fighting.” - courtesy of BJPenn.com
Shamrock is pouring it on thick in his hatred for Dana White, who earlier this year stated Frank Shamrock would not yet have a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame. Although many consider the younger Shamrock brother to be a legendary figure in the world of MMA, others view him as a polarizing figure whom the game has passed by. Still, he has his spot in the annals of MMA lore, and like him or not, his accomplishments in the so-called “dark ages” of the sport are quite respectable. As the interview wore on, Shamrock became more and more adamant about the harm he believes Dana White is doing to his beloved sport:
“I definitely think it’ll be a negative factor in the long run. I mean these are our sports heroes, guys we want our children to emulate. You got a guy like Dana who doesn’t care about the talent or the fans. He puts himself, his ego and his desire to make money in front of everything. He’s destroying Jones’ brand in the process, it’s not Jon’s responsibility to save the card. Dana White has $100 million, why didn’t he pay the fans back or the fighter’s salaries? Jones made a decision that was right for his family; it has nothing to do with the billion dollars the Fertittas are sitting on. It’s ridiculous in my opinion, the whole sport is ridiculous.”
Shamrock may have a point to make here, as it would seem quite easy for White or the Fertittas to simply pay the fighters' salaries from UFC 151 instead of placing all of the blame on Jon Jones. Whose side do you take? Is Frank Shamrock just running his mouth, using off-base theories to promote his new book, or is Dana White truly bad for the progression of MMA?