Dana White comes unglued about PEDs at media event

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion

SP-SteroidsWhat would a UFC hosted media gathering be without seeing the head of the MMA universe come unglued in front of a couple dozen reporters? Yahoo Sports Kevin Iole witnessed the whole affair. He said White was looking to pick a fight when the topic turned to PED use.

The normally calm, cool and collected (meaning ‘uptight, kinda dickish and unpredictable’) White was seething when he challenged the room to give him a name of ANY fighter they wanted to see drug tested. He even held out his phone as though he was prepared to make a phone call to one of his many servants who just sit by their phones waiting to hear from the great and powerful one.

Obviously no one uttered a peep, let alone a name.

“Give me one fucking name right now, I’ll get them on the phone, and somebody will drive to their fuckinghouse today and will test them. Say it. Say it!” he begged. After a pause to see if anyone was stupid enough to actually blurt out a name, he continued.

“Then don’t ever fucking say it to me again. You guys like to play these fucking games. Let’s do it. I’m ready. I’m down. Let’s do this right now. Give me one name. Give me 10 names. Give me all the names you want; I’ll test all these fuckers right now.”

While a reporter isn’t at one of these events to provoke the subject of the news, I’m slightly surprised no one took the bait White was dangling. Of course, if they did, it would be their last invitation to such an event, but still.

This piece isn’t to call White out for being a power monger who likes to bully the media. Instead, I’d like to answer his challenge. Name 10 names? Okay. Here’s my list.

***Please note…this isn’t my list of 10 guys I think are on PEDs/steroids. This is my list of people who are prominent enough that if they ALL pass—as White seems to think they will—in my mind, the subject of PEDs becomes a non issue instantly. If all 10 pass with flying colors, I think everyone–even the most harsh critics–would gladly concede that there is NOT a PED problem whatsoever in the UFC. Here’s my list.

  • Georges St-Pierre
  • Johny Hendricks
  • Cain Velasquez
  • Jon Jones
  • Anderson Silva
  • Chris Weidman
  • Alistair Overeem
  • Urijah Faber
  • Jose Aldo
  • Ronda Rousey

I think that’s a pretty solid assortment of fighters—mostly champions and superstars; big guys and small guys; even men and a woman—to convince any skeptic that the sport is clean, if they pass. And I would hope they’d all pass.


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