Dana White and Showtime have been going at it
Recently it was rumoured that Showtime might be pulling the plug on most, if not all, of its boxing and combat sports programming (hence the rumours of Bellator being on the brink of extinction). With news that Showtime Boxing could no longer be a thing, UFC President Dana White reacted as you’d expect.
During a press conference this week, White was asked about the situation.
“That’s incredibly unfortunate. Production of that show is fantastic, the guy who runs Showtime boxing is a great human being. It’s unfortunate to hear this.”
White was being facetious. Something proved by his next comment, “F*** Espinoza”, referring to Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza.
“The UFC has never done a gate of $20 million in its entire history. We’ve done it three times since April,” said Espinoza.
Predictably, this elicited a fiery response from the UFC CEO (and previous President).
“That scumbag has absolutely nothing to do with the success of Canelo, Ryan Garcia and Terence Crawford,” wrote the Power Slap owner. “Those guys are mega stars and they are the ones responsible for driving the gates in their fights. For him to even try and take any credit at all shows you exactly what an arrogant, delusional POS that guy is.”
White went on to criticize Showtime’s production values before calling Espinoza a “little guy with a big yap” and a “complete phony”.
Stephen Espinoza responded to Dana White’s ‘scumbag’ comments
In an interview with Michelle Joy Phelps of Boxing Social, Steven Espinoza was given the chance to respond to Dana White.
When asked about how this latest chapter in their feud started, Espinoza said he was “confused” by it all.
“I was minding my own business and, all of a sudden, it’s ‘F Espinoza’. I’m not sure where it comes from. I don’t give a lot of thought to Dana and when I spoke yesterday about the gates… everybody took it as a shot against the UFC. I was trying to put it in perspective how impressive it was and how big a roll boxing is on, that we’ve got massive gates in a row, three mega events in a one year.”
“We know Dana, it’s not surprising,” continued Espinoza. “The reality is he’s threatened when you tell the truth. I mean that’s clear. I stated facts.
“I stated facts that we got three 20 million dollar gates. Stated the fact the UFC has never done one. His response is to call me names. You know it’s not really an adult conversation when someone states facts and the response is to call you a name. But, the reality, it turned into this stupid back and forth where I’m stating facts, in return calling me names, it’s like a grade school type debate. And I’m not interested in continuing it. It’s sort of like it’s a battle of wits and he’s unarmed. There’s really nothing left to say.”
“He’s been wishing for us to come to an end for a while,” he added. “And I could say a lot of things about his product and his various products, but look that’s not my style. The reality is, he’s tried to get in boxing. He’s repeatedly failed. I mean, unless you count being an errand boy and driving fighters to the airport, which he did pretty well, I heard.”
Espinoza later refuted rumours of Showtime Boxing’s demise, albeit softly. “We’ve heard these kind of things before and we know where they come from,” he said.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo is this Saturday on Showtime
Canelo Alvarez fights Jermell Charlo this weekend live on Showtime and FITE.TV. Information on how to order and watch the fight can be found here. Dana White, who doesn’t have a UFC, Power Slap or ZUFFA boxing event this weekend, will probably be watching.
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