Known boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya promoted his first MMA event last November. The event featured a trilogy fight between UFC’s old school, aging legends and Hall of Famers, Chuck ‘The Ice-Man’ Liddell and Tito Ortiz. UFC President Dana White was one of many who thrashed the decision to make that fight.
Talking to Yahoo! Sports about the event and De La Hoya, Dana White said:
“The guy wants to act like he’s my competitor [promoting MMA].” “I have a real business that I’ve built over the last 18 years. A real business, and I can hit you with numbers for days about [how successful it is]. How much has Oscar De La Hoya reinvested into the sport of boxing? We’ve reinvested millions and millions of dollars and we continue to do it every day. The list goes on and on.”
“The guy wants to come out and tell lies and say things that make no sense when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He knows nothing about this sport. He doesn’t know the [expletive] guys’ names who are fighting on his card. He’s a liar. He’s a phoney and God help anybody who wants to go fight for Golden Boy. These fighters are grown men and women. All they have to do is take one meeting with Oscar De La Hoya and they’ll see what he knows about MMA, which is absolutely [expletive] nothing.”Dana White speaking to Yahoo! Sports
Recently in an interview online with The Schmo, Tito Ortiz admitted that Dana White was right about his assessment of Oscar De La Hoya.
“I think he made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time, for a boxing promoter to come into mixed martial arts, it’s a different animal. Dana was right.”Tito Ortiz speaking to The Schmo
Here’s the video of the interview: