Ronda Rousey, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, may have just gotten someone on the company’s production team fired, and it’s not even her fault.
After handing out a 16-second drubbing to challenger Alexis Davis, Rousey, the undisputed champ and an absolute warrior in the octagon, answered commentator Joe Rogan with a non-enthusiastic yes when he asked if she’d be willing to step up and fight at UFC 176 in place of the canceled Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes main event.
“I’ve got knee surgery scheduled,” Ronda said. “But I’ll ask my coaches and we’ll see what they say.”
This short-notice question did not sit well with UFC boss Dana White. In comments reported by Bloody Elbow, White had this to say:
“I wasn’t upset with Joe Rogan,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “I was upset with the truck telling him to tell Ronda that she’s going to fight again. That wasn’t true. That was some s*** that somebody made up back there. It was the biggest idiotic move in the history of our production team.”
White insisted that it was not the UFC’s intention to place Rousey in such an awkward position.
“I told them right up there that’s not true,” White said. “I don’t know where that came from. Nobody told anybody to say that.”
As Bleacher Report pointed out in 2011, White has a long history of losing it on people who make him angry. (The website was able to come up with 50, just on its own.)
Now imagine that rage channeled at a production team nobody trying to use match-making initiative on one of the organization’s biggest draws — a person who has fought on short notice, beaten all comers, and was now even willing to take a main event with knee surgery on the horizon.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that White leaves this at another profanity-laced tirade and allows everyone to keep their job, but we wouldn’t want to be in Worker X’s position.
As for Ronda Rousey, you can next catch her on the big screen in The Expendables 3 alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, and a bunch of other old action stars she would probably beat up in a real fight.
Do you think that Dana White will fire anyone over questioning Ronda Rousey on her willingness to fight at UFC 176? And if he doesn’t, should he?
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