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Dana White on roster cuts: There’s 100 more guys that are gonna go, it’s not over
After the extremely controversial decision to cut 16 fighters from the UFC had media, fans and fighters a like in complete shock, Dana White recently dropped another bombshell after informing reporters at the UFC 157 Press Conference that the recent decision was just the beginning:
“There’s 100 more guys that are gonna go. It’s not over. We have 475 guys under contract. We have over 100 guys too many. We have over 100 guys too many on the roster right now. What’s going to happen is, if you lose, the blood has not all been spilled yet. There’s more coming.”
With a serious influx of fighters added to the Zuffa roster via the WEC, Strikeforce and the introduction of 3 new weight divisions, it was only a matter of time before the company found itself overloaded on employee’s, without having a sufficient amount of events and ways to display their skills and provide them opportunities in the immediate future.
While White didn’t exactly come out and say it bluntly, he did vaguely make some reference to the particular type of fighters the UFC would be interested in keeping:
“What you should do is try to go out and be the best in the world. And you should try to go out and whup everybody’s ass and impress them. It depends on how much money you want to make. If you want to go around and lay on people, how many people are beating down the door to see any of those guys fight again?”
Although the cuts may have seemed rather cold, calculated and in some cases impersonal due to the fact that they were announced via Twitter and not communicated to the fighter directly, Dana has remained remorseful and apologetic regarding how it was handled:
“That was 100 percent my fault, I take full responsibility for it and I apologize for it. Because first of all, Vladimir Matyushenko, I’ve known him since we bought this company, I love that guy, I respect him very much as a fighter and have a great relationship with him. It’s bothered me for the last two days that I did that to these kids, to find out on Twitter, or through somebody else that you were cut, instead of getting the phone call first. I really do apologize to all the guys that happened to.”
And for those who had nothing but negative things to say regarding White’s decision. For those who like many, wondered why fighters like Dan Hardy and Leonard Garcia remained on the roster with less than stellar records, Dana had the following to say”
“Guys lose some fights and, you know what, Dan Hardy puts it out there all the time, we’re going to keep Dan Hardy. I’m going to keep Leonard Garcia because the guy’s got heart. He comes in to fight. And then you get into a situation where, you’ve got a lot of guys here. I tell the guys on The Ultimate Fighter, every one of you are going to fight on the card. You get in these situations sometime. You go on a f— skid in this business, you gotta go, and you gotta go win some fights and come back. No different than it’s ever been since day one in this company.”