Steve Austin And Daniel Cormier Defend Dana White’s WWE Comments, Believe UFC President Used ‘Bad Choice Of Words’
Late last month, just before UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia took place, Dana White took to Twitter to retaliate against one of their users comparing the price of their pay-per-views to that of the WWE Network. Apparently, the Twitter user (known as @SethRollinsGuy) claimed WWE had UFC beat because the former’s pay-per-views cost $9.99 while the latter’s cost around $60.
“I hear u bro but fake sh*t should be 9.99,” wrote in response.
Needless to say, many in the wrestling entertainment community — either wrestlers or their fans — have fired back at Dana White, especially WWE world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins.
However, there are a few in the wrestling community, as well as the MMA community, who are reading between the lines, believing Dana White is a victim of using terrible wording. WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier believe that, and they made it known recently during an interview.
Such a sentiment was made on The Steve Austin Show – Unleashed! During the 244th episode, Austin sat down with Daniel Cormier at the American Kickboxing Acadamy (AKA) in San Jose, California, to talk about wrestling and MMA. During the segment about wrestling, Austin segued from the discussion of Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker at WWE Summerslam 2015 to say something about Dana White’s comments on wrestling, as reported by Wrestling Inc.
“I know Dana is from the world of boxing and MMA, but I know he respects the world of professional wrestling. I thought that was his way of saying, ‘it’s a work’ because there’s a difference. Is it fake? It’s predetermined. It’s a work! I don’t think he meant any disrespect to the [professional wrestling] business because I’ll say this, Daniel: I’ll take you, I’ll take Jon Jones, I’ll take the heavyweight champion of the world, I’ll take the bantamweight champion of the world, I’ll take any of you guys who want to go on the road for two years and be on the road for 250 days and go through that grind and you’ll never say ‘fake’, but you will say, ‘it’s tough as hell.'”
Daniel Cormier, who is an avid wrestling fan just like Ronda Rousey, chimed in his two cents, agreeing with Steve Austin’s sentiments towards Dana White.
“[Wrestling] is very physical, plus the days on the road, it’s nuts… I understand that it’s predetermined, the outcome is predetermined, but everything in between is not easy.”
In conclusion, hindsight is 20/20, and Dana White is at least guilty of using the wrong words. It should also be known that White is not recognized to be a wrestling entertainment fan despite the fact many of his UFC fighters are. But then again, White is an entertainer himself and may have said such words as cross-promotion for both UFC and WWE through causing drama, a tactic WWE has done in the past.
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