Dana White blasts ‘goofball morons’ who criticize new slap competition he’s running

UFC president Dana White is not pleased with the reception MMA media is giving his new venutre with former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta. White went so far as to brand his critics “goofball fools.”

In preparation for the long-awaited UFC 280 pay-per-view event, White is now in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

In the main event of a championship doubleheader, former champion Charles Oliveira and #4-ranked Islam Makhachev will battle for the vacant lightweight championship. In the night’s co-main event, defending bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling squares up against former two-time division champion T.J. Dillashaw in quest of his second title defense.

Recently, White and Fertitta had submitted an application to the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) in order to be able to stage a slapping competition.

While some argue this isn’t a sport at all as much as a stunt White insists that the ‘sport is legit’.

Dana White spoke to media and detailed.

“It’ll  be regulated exactly like this sport is. saw a lot of goofballs out there talking sh*t – ‘goofballs’ being media guys – talking about, ‘What’s next, mallets?’ And stupid sh*t like that.”

“The bottom line is, if you watch a boxing match, guys get hit with three to four hundred punches in a fight. These guys are gonna get hit with three slaps.”

“For these morons to be talking all this sh*t that they are about the athletic commission and stuff – the athletic commission did the right thing. And so did we.”

Among those criticizing White’s new venture are Ariel Helwani, Luke Thomas, Erik Magraken and Jack Slack

“You know what this feels like if you’re an old-school wrestling fan? This feels like when Vince McMahon got into the world of bodybuilding. Vince McMahon had his own body-building league, the IBF [or] the International Bodybuilding Federation. And they promoted the hell out of it. And of course, later on the XFL too. And what happened to those two?”

Helwani also said that White and the UFC should take a lesson from McMahon’s unsuccessful expansion leagues. The MMA journalist continued:

“You know Just because you are successful in one thing doesn’t necessarily mean you’re gonna be successful at another thing. Sometimes it’s best to be focused on that thing – stick to your bread and butter.”