It appears obtaining media credentials from the UFC just got a lot more difficult for Sherdog.com, the Internet’s largest mixed martial arts website. SI.com’s Josh Gross reported that the world’s premier MMA organization denied the media giant coverage for their “UFC on Versus” event on Sunday.
Here are Gross’ comments regarding the UFC snubbing his former employer:
“Two hours before doors opened Sunday at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., a UFC official informed Sherdog.com — the largest independent MMA media site on the Web, the official MMA content partner for ESPN.com, and my home as an executive editor from 2004-2008 — that its access had been pulled indefinitely because of a “executive decision,” multiple sources confirmed to SI.com.
Asked to comment on the decision to revoke Sherdog.com’s access, UFC president Dana White told SI.com via text that his reasoning was “none of your [expletive] business.”
Darius Ortiz, the editor in charge of boxing and mixed martial arts for ESPN.com, and Sherdog.com founder Jeff Sherwood declined to comment on the UFC’s position.
Sherdog.com went without access to the UFC from late 2005 until the middle of 2009, when it was allowed to return Octagon-side.”
It’s no secret White has had his issues with Sherdog and Gross in the past, however the brash Prez appeared to have moved on after Gross left the company for his current Sports Illustrated gig and Sherdog joined forced with ESPN.
Apparently that’s not the case, as MMA’s biggest website (outside of 5thRound.com of course), will be on the outside of the Octagon looking in for the time being.
No word on how long they will be shunned for, however Gross summarized his pleasant conversation with White when he posted the following on his Tweeter after the UFC’s debut on Versus:
“I wanted to share with you guys: texting with @DanaWhite right now. This is fun. Dana says I can “go eat a [expletive]” and thinks I’m a “scumbag.”
On a side note, if Sherdog.com has lost their privileges, 5thRound.com would be more than happy to take their spot on the EXCLUSIVE VIP list!