A few more notes from Dana following the UFC 102 pre-fight press conference earlier today…
Dana hates Showtime, not Strikeforce
Dana is all of a sudden changing his tune on Strikeforce and directing all his hatred towards Showtime instead.
“I’m not anti-Strikeforce, I don’t dislike those guys. I dislike Showtime, that’s who I dislike. I think they’re di-ks, I don’t like them. I don’t like their attitude; they think they are better than they really are. They’ve been second-rate at boxing, they’ve been second-rate at programming and now they think they are great at mixed martial arts and my fight is with them, not with Strikeforce…The guy over at Showtime who I’m talking about knows who he is and I dislike him very much and my beef is with him, not really Strikeforce.”
Hmm…so I guess he meant “Strikefarce” as a term of endearment then, right? Not like it matters anyways. Strikeforce is closely associated with Showtime now, so they’ll still be Zuffa’s crosshairs whether Dana likes them or not, and I wouldn’t expect anything different if/when Strikeforce makes the move to CBS or pay-per-view.
Dana not keen on Rampage Jackson, The Movie Star
While many of us would love to see Rampage Jackson actually land the role of B.A. Baracus in the A-Team movie remake, Dana White loathes the idea.
“Rampage wants to be a movie star. I hope it’s not true (about Jackson getting the role). He’s up for it, and he talked to me, he wants to do this thing, and he’s like, ‘listen, man, this is really important to me…there’s some sentimental value here for me, me and my Dad grew up watching The A-Team together and we loved it.’…Well, guess what, brother? I said, ‘guess what Rashad Evans is thinking about right now. He’s thinking about beating your (expletive) ass. He’s not sitting around thinking about him and his mom used to watch the (expletive) ‘Love Boat’ together, and he wants to get the role of ‘Isaac the Bartender’…you know what I mean? Get a (expletive) grip, dude. You’re going to make a lot of money. You ain’t gonna make a lot of money playing B.A. Baracus on the A-Team. Jesus Christ. (Expletive) drives me (expletive) nuts…Randy did it right. Randy shot a movie and it didn’t interfere with his training or anything.”
Geez, I hope someone tells him The Sun was full of shit before he has a stroke. Looking at it from his perspective though, I can’t really blame Dana for being upset about it. If Rampage were to be cast in The A-Team, it could jeopardize his fight with Rashad or at least put him way behind the ball in training if he had to juggle that with shooting a movie. These fighters are only getting roles in movies because they’re fighters, not because they’re stellar actors, so shouldn’t fighting come first?
“I hate it with a (expletive) passion,” [Dana] said. “You’re a fighter. You’re not a movie star. It’s so (expletive) funny because fighters want to be movie stars and movie stars want to act like they’re fighters. It’s like, get a grip. You’re a (expletive) fighter and you’re a movie star.”
Hmm…wonder if he’s heard Heath Herring’s plans yet?
Update: The Sun may have actually been right. Fighters Only is confirming The Sun report that Rampage has been cast in the A-Team movie. More here.
Bad economy to blame for canceled video blogs
Wondering why Dana decided to stop the video blogs? He claims the poor economy, specifically letters people sent him about how they’re struggling while he’s living large in Vegas and jet-setting all over the world.
“Something weird happened to me during the blogging and I just feel that me doing the blogs is not a good thing. It’s not the right time, with what’s going on in the world right now, to be doing the blogs. Let me put it this way: I’ve been very fortunate and I have a very fortunate life. My life is pretty crazy. Other people aren’t that fortunate. I started getting some pretty crazy letters from people, anywhere from talking about losing their homes to a guy who wrote me a letter talking about what a home means.
“What a home means is that it’s a safe place for you and your family and this guy was losing his house. It just [expletive] me up. It really did. We had this video blog of me jumping on airplanes and doing this crazy [expletive] and I just don’t think it’s the right time for me to be doing video blogs and for people to see the life that I live.”
You know, not that it ever bothered me at all, but I definitely wondered how less fortunate people took the video blogs, especially the Christmas one where he was showing off all the gifts and riding around like a maniac on the golf cart while the majority of us had to cut way back on what we spent on our loved ones. Yeah, he probably should have kept that one on the video camera.