Monday Hangover: Dana White
You’ve got to feel for Dana White: his fighters keep getting injured and whole fight cards shuffle, while he’s not the sole person who sets the matches, he is the public face of the UFC that has to deal with the fighters and all of the behind-the-scenes drama they and their camps bring, but also with the public, the bloggers and most stressfully, the media.
I hesitate to use this term, because things just keep happening, but the “latest” main card fighter to have to pull out of a bout is Jose Aldo. Add him to the list that include Michael Bisping, Brian Stann, Vitor Belfort, Dominick Cruz, Jon Fitch and let’s not forget Georges St. Pierre.
All of which happened after the UFC gave it’s fighters health insurance…
Don’t get me wrong: I think the UFC giving it’s fighters health insurance is a good thing. I don’t want to see poor performances due to injuries when a fighter needs treatment but can’t afford it and fights anyway. Or a fighter too proud to pull out of a fight: guys like Rampage Jackson, who wasn’t the same fighter against Ryan Bader as he could have been, had he waited until his knees were taken care of professionally.
Injuries happen, especially in training for combat sports. But they come with consequences—cards are disrupted, the UFC’s star-making machinery is stalled and the fans’ enthusiasm wanes. What looked like a stacked summer of great events has become a merely good summer of events that will hopefully surprise viewers positively.
And that gives Dana White this week’s (this summer’s?) Monday Hangover.
UPDATE: You all know about Cain Velasquez’ hand issues, right? It just keeps getting better and better for Dana…