UFC president Dana White’s power in the MMA promotion he helped build is diminishing by the minute after MMA’s industry leader sold to WME-IMG in July for an astonishing $4.2 billion.
The UFC went through a second wave of layoffs this week, which reportedly sent 10-15 people packing, and White wasn’t able to save buddies Chuck Liddell or Matt Hughes. According to MMAFighting.com, the UFC Hall of Famers were relived of their figurehead duties with the organization.
Liddell, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, was persuaded by White to retire from fighting in 2010 after suffering a series of vicious knockout losses during the twilight of his career. White was able to convince Liddell to hang up his gloves by anointing him the UFC’s executive vice president of business development.
What exactly did Liddell do in his cubicle at the UFC’s corporate office? Essentially cash checks just for being White’s BFF.
Speaking of getting paid to do absolutely nothing – Hughes, the former UFC welterweight champ, retired from MMA in 2011 after getting knocked out in consecutive bouts.
He was subsequently named the UFC’s vice president of athlete development and government relations. Unlike Liddell, Hughes did seem to give it the old college try in his new role. He didn’t make much of an impact, though, but did certainly irk several current fighters during his tenure.
Bellator, here they come?