UFC President Dana White has gone on the record to Mel Harris with Buddy TV on the safety of MMA versus boxing. White also discusses the HBO deal and boxing personalities moving to MMA. Here’s a group of quotes from White from his comments to Buddy TV:
“What’s more violent than boxing? You and I stand in front of each other for 12 rounds, and my goal is to hit you so hard in the face that I knock you unconscious. In the UFC you and I can fight, and I can beat you and win, and never punch you in the head once. We can go right to the ground, start grappling, and pull off a submission. It’s not 25, 30 minutes of blows to the head non-stop. The difference with the tap out is that if I get you into a submission and you’re in a bad place – you can tap out with honour. It’s acceptable in this sport. At the end of the day it’s a contact sport and anything can happen.”
Also, in a bit of good news regarding the HBO deal to broadcast UFC fights, Dana White stated that the HBO boxing team will not be doing the blow-by-blow commentary making way for a new MMA broadcasting team to be formed. Here’s what he had to say on this situation:
â€œI love the sport of boxing, let me tell you. Thatâ€™s where I came from, and I used to live, eat, breathe, sleep boxing. Unfortunately, all the guys who were involved in boxing, all had a hand in helping kill that great sport. And the thing that scares me is, all the sleazy, slithering, creepy guys from boxing all are starting to work their way over to MMA now. And hopefully, the UFC can position themselves right now to keep all the creeps out of the sport.â€?