UFC President Dana White and boxing promoter Bob Arum are at it again. White claims not to know Arum is even "alive," while Arum is disappointed that White spoke at the Republican National Convention.
These two have about as much chemistry together as Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey. As Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes. As Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt.
In other words, they don't get along.
Arum recently blasted the UFC for the recent PED failures flagged by USADA. Here's what the famed boxing promoter said:
Arum said: “I don’t think (drug testing in boxing) is particularly necessary as far as fighters are concerned. Most fighters obey the rules. It’s probably more necessary in MMA because they appear to be unconcerned with the testing. What the hell? As long as the tests come out after the fight, right? Everybody’s collecting money. Just saying. just saying. You’ve got MMA, just sold for billions of dollars. Good luck to them. And for some reason they can buy off lobbyists so they’re not subject to the Muhammad Ali Act like promoters are in boxing – just saying.”
According to mixedmartialarts.com, White responded with some harsh words for Arum:
“Does anyone give a s---- about Bob Arum or what he thinks? I didn’t know he was still alive!!?”
White recalled Arum's skepticism that the UFC would even survive.
“I remember a bitter, fat, red, alcohol-abuse-faced Arum chirping about the ‘oodles of money’ the Fertittas were going to lose on the UFC,” White said. “Arum is the biggest dirtbag in all of sports. I look forward to sticking around and continuing to kick his ass in every aspect of our business.”
For the record, Arum is 84, and alive and well. Whether he is a "dirtbag" is a matter of perspective. He is the founder and CEO of Top Rank boxing.
Dada 5000 recently proposed fighters going at it inside a 3-sided cage. Maybe White and Arum should main event the inaugural card?
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