Wondering what Dana White thinks about Tom Atencio’s challenge to fight him in a real mixed martial arts bout?
Well, first he laughed till it hurt, then he said this.
“If I were him, I’d want to fight me, too. I’m the guy who is killing all of his hopes and dreams.”
“At the end of the day, I stepped up and said I would fight Tito and he was a fighter who people cared about. But why would I fight this goof? He’s neither a fighter nor a promoter. He’s a [expletive] loser. That’s all he is.”
“Let me tell you something: When I was $44 million in the hole, the last thing I was doing was leaving the office and going out to train for a joke of a fight. I was in the office and trying to find a way to make this thing work. Why would I waste one second of my second of my day worrying about this [expletive] guy? He should be worried about the millions and millions of his bosses, or his partners’ money, whoever it is, that’s he’s burning. That’s a complete joke.”
Yep, that sounds about right.
ESPN’s E:60 piece on Dana White didn’t strike a chord with me like it did with a lot of folks, however, White’s final comment did have quite the impact. He said, “I’m gonna outwork you. I’m gonna stay up later than you are. I’m willing to do everything it takes to win, and I’m gonna beat you. If you’re not willing to do that, you’re never gonna fucking beat me, ever.”
I have no doubts that Tom has a strong work ethic, but I’ve been saying this for awhile, Affliction has no chance of even remotely touching the UFC with Tom running the promotion part time.