UFC president Dana White (pictured) has been vacationing in Bora Bora the past couple of weeks, but what’s been going on with his company during his absence has been far from boring boring.
First and foremost, the impromptu brawl between light heavyweight king Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier inside the MGM Grand lobby during last Monday’s UFC 178 media day that set off a firestorm of bad publicity. Actually, when Jones, Cormier and UFC brass see the pay-per-view dollars rolling in, they will secretly be giggling that the unsanctioned rumble went down.
White doesn’t flatout blame UFC senior director of public relations Dave Sholler, who was the middleman when Jones and Cormier faced-off in the face-off to end all face-offs, for not detecting he would need to diffuse the situation before shoes went flying (Cormier literally chucked his shoe at Jones), but he would have handled things a lot differently.
“Dave Sholler doesn’t really have any experience out there between the guys,” White told UFC.com. “There’s times when you know something is going on and you’re ready and you jump in there and get that thing defused. That’s why I stand there. I don’t stand there because I want to be in f****** pictures, I’m there to make sure that kind of s*** doesn’t happen. You got two guys, who are going to fight, and there is definitely a ton of mind warfare going on between [Cormier and Jones], no doubt about it.
“As soon as Jones went up and their bodies touched, I would have separated them. Sometimes you’ll see me put a hand in, or sometimes you’ll see me do something else. I would have separated them. It was the head butt, Jones headbutted Cormier – that’s what upset [Daniel] and made him push him back. I would have got my arm in there before that contact was even made. I would have seen the contact coming and I would have stopped it. Then I would have been right in the middle. Would I have stopped that whole thing from going down, who the f*** knows? I wasn’t here.”
Sholler became an instant Internet sensation following the melee, with fans conjuring up countless memes of him frantically trying to separate the 205-pounders. He even clocked #4 on SportsCenter’s Not Top 10 list.
The other bad news White received while on vacation was that Jones tore the meniscus in his knee and had to postpone his showdown with Cormier from September 27 to January 3. While the highly-anticipated tango is still scheduled to go down, the three-month delay stalls all the mainstream momentum the brawl stirred up.
No worries, the fracas is plastered all over the www. Best believe the UFC will be using the money-making footage in every promo video leading up to UFC 182.