For once, I actually agree with something Dana White says. He probably would have said the same even if the show was stellar, but it wasn’t. For the most part, what I witnessed last night was not representative of the sport I love.
However, this is the pickle the UFC was inevitably going to get itself into. Whatever happened last night was going to reflect back on the UFC, justifiably or not. White exclaimed before that he was not going to cut a “stupid deal.” But in walking away from network television, they also left themselves open to having to deal with the repercussions of how another promotion would portray the sport, and in many ways, it was definitely not for the better.
In essence, the UFC has become a victim of their own success and this is just one of the major challenges the organization will have to face for some time to come.