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Dana White Discusses Criticism Over Gambling Talk

May 1, 2012 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– Dana White recently spoke with MMAJunkie about criticism he has received over posting betting lines for TUF: Live on his Twitter. Here is what White had to say…

On Gambling: “Nobody goes through more scrutiny to get licensing than someone with a gaming license. I’m proud of the fact that casinos put betting lines on this thing. I’m proud of it. And you know what? I live in a gambling city. Gambling is legal.”

On Betting on The Ultimate Fighter: “One of the things I love – which I think is bad ass – MGM, Mirage, The Venetian, the Las Vegas Hotel, Palms and a lot of other casino are doing this thing where they’re having ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ inside the sportsbooks,” White said. “So you go in, and you watch the reality (show), and then you go up and make your bet before the fight starts. They’re all doing it. I think it’s awesome that the casinos are supporting ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and doing that.”

On Las Vegas Sun Columnist J. Patrick Coolican: “He’s an idiot,” White said of Coolican. “This guy lives in Las Vegas and is scrutinizing the fact that you can bet on the fights? Hey dummy, the fact that you can bet on these fights makes it legit. Las Vegas is where people gamble, and you live here, too. If you don’t like it, then don’t follow me on Twitter, [expletive]. How about that?”

On His Attitude as Compared to Other Sports “Presidents-Commissioners”: “People always ask me, ‘Do you think that Roger Goodell and Bud Selig should act more like you?'” White said. “No. I think their model is doing just fine. These guys are incredible commissioners that have taken their sport to incredible levels. They’re doing fine. My style is different than other people’s style. If this jackass from the ‘Las Vegas Sun’ doesn’t like the fact that I’m telling you what the line is, too [expletive] bad. Yeah, I’m not Roger Goodell, and I’m not Bud Selig. I’m not those guys. If you haven’t figured that out by now, your head is further up your ass than I thought it was after reading your story.”


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