UFC president Dana White tore into Bob Arum recently when speaking about Arum’s recent comments on Terence Crawford.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, Arum went on the record to state that he is losing money on Crawford, regarded as one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters.
“The question is, ‘Do we want to keep him?’ I could build a house in Beverly Hills on the money I’ve lost on him in the last three fights, a beautiful home. Nobody questions Crawford’s innate, tremendous ability. By beating a naturally bigger guy [Kell Brook], decisively, that’s a big statement that’s he’s making. The question is, ‘Does he pay the bills?’ Look, you can have the greatest opera singer in the world. If the fans don’t support it, you’re out of business.”
In his typically forthright manner, White made it clear how he views the situation.
“You f*ckin signed a deal with this kid. Your job is to promote him. You made a deal. All of these kids that I sign. If you look at all the kids that we signed, our roster is very inflated right now. We have a very big roster right now, the biggest we’ve ever had in the history of the company. I have to pay these kids. How I pay them is not their f*ckin problem, it’s my f*ckin problem.”
White and Arum are not exactly known as being the best of friends, and White did not hold back when giving his personal views on Arum.
“Imagine me saying, ‘Oh, I gotta pay Conor McGregor this much money. I could’ve bought a house in Beverly Hills.’ Shut the f*ck up, you f*ckin scumbag,” White said.
“Pay your f*ckin fighter what you owe him. That’s your job. “
White is not the only promoter to take aim at Arum, with Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn also taking a shot at the 88-year-old.
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