Intervju med Dana White: -"Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth.

Igår hölls en presskonferens i Calgary, Kanada med UFCs president Dana White. Efter presskonferensen hölls en Q&A där media fick ställa frågor till White. Det var frågor alltifrån vad han tyckte om idrotter som ishockey till fotboll och om hur den perfekta MMA-fighter skulle se ut om han fick välja olika delar från olika fighters. Ni kan läsa delar av intervjun med Dana White efter brytet.

Q: As you know, we love our hockey here. And it remains the only other pro sport that allows fighting. Curious as to your thoughts on fighting in hockey?

A: I’m not a big hockey fan. But I respect how talented you have to be to play hockey. Soccer? That’s a whole other ball. Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth. There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. When you’re playing a game when the net is that big and the score is 3-1 (and that’s a blowout) are you kidding me? You know how untalented you have to be to score three times when the net is that big? Now back to hockey. You have guys on skates with crooked sticks and you have to hit a puck into a net that’s the same size as the goalie. 

And at any time someone could take your head right off your shoulders and it’s perfectly legal. That’s a real sport that takes real talent, speed and all the things you need to be a real athlete. Now fighting is a part of hockey and has been since Day 1. It’s part of the game. It is what it is. I think we live in a world now where everything has been so pussy-fied. When I grew up we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes. We didn’t have car seats. We didn’t have all this stuff. Now things are safer and we should be safer but let’s not go overboard. Fighting’s a part of hockey. Period.

Q: You’re famous for always speaking your mind and using some Rated PG language to punctuate your points. I’ve noticed in recent interviews you’re dropping a lot of less F-bombs than you once did. Are you softening in your old age?

A: Have I? I didn’t notice that. The F word is my favourite word ever. Greatest #%@*in night of my life. Worst #%@*in night ever. I still use them all the time.

Q: Dana, thanks for taking the time to visit us and chat. If you could look to one single accomplishment in the past 12 years since you and Lorenzo Fertitta bought the UFC, what stands out the most for you?

A: There have been so many. I think that the biggest is that we took a sport that wasn’t even allowed on pay-per-view when we bought it and put it on free national television. Not just in the United States but all over the world. I think that would have to be our biggest accomplishment.

If you could create a Frankenfighter — from selected parts of top UFC fighters — what would he be like?

• The Jiu-jitsu of Frank Mir.

• The wrestling of Randy Couture.

• The chin of Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell — when Chuck had a chin. That was the thing that made him such an exciting fighter. Great takedown defence, knockout power in both hands and a chin from hell.

• The kicks of Georges St-Pierre.

• The punches of Thiago Alves. He has the knockouts and most knockdowns in UFC history.

• The heart of Frankie Edgar.

• The mental fortitude of Anderson Silva.

• The strategy ability of Randy Couture.

• The old school knees would go to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.

• The elbows of Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

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