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UFC president Dana White claps back at Top Rank boxing promoter Bob Arum’s COVID-19 comments

UFC president Dana White responded to rival Bob Arum’s recent criticism of his efforts to stage UFC events during the COVID-19 pandemic and as expected, he didn’t hold back.

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Last month, the 88-year-old Arum previously commented on the CBS State of Combat podcast on White’s refusal to follow general COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

“What’s going on in this country and the world with this virus, the last thing we need is for an event to take place with no spectators just to get the event to take place,” Arum said. “But the truth is, Dana White is somebody with a flawed intelligence.”

“He’s not going to move forward with the card, and if the card happens with people dying in hospitals all over the United States, he ought to be ashamed of himself,” Arum added. “The me

“The message should be stay home and stand down until this is over. Let’s not spread the virus, let’s control the virus and do what we can to staff these hospitals and take care of people who go into intensive care.

“Let’s all be big people and big boys about it and stop the grandstanding. This will end when it ends, and it will end quicker if we all stick together and do what we are supposed to do, not go and shout from the rafters that, ‘I’m not a p—y and I’m going to put this fight on. I don’t care.’ That is absolutely the wrong message to send.”

White was not amused, speaking on the recent UFC Unfiltered podcast.

“Listen, I think by now everybody realizes that Bob Arum is a d*ckhead,” White, 50, reacted. “This guy has been talking sh*t about the UFC and me for 20 years. He’s f*cking bankrupt this guy. He’s bankrupt. Of course you don’t want to put fights on. You can’t afford to put fights on you f*cking jackoff. You’ve been in this thing your whole life and have completely destroyed the business and the sport. Congratulations, Bob Arum. You’re brilliant.”

White’s comments also come on the heels of complimentary comments from another rival promoter, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya.

White’s UFC 249 event is scheduled May 9 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje battle for the interim lightweight title in the main event.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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