Friday, 7 June 2013
Dana White : cutting Jon Fitch was business, not personal
After fighting for the UFC for 8 years Jon Fitch got handed his cards back in February, but was quickly snapped up by Ray Sefo and WSOF where he was welcomed with open arms and already given chance to headline thee 3rd show.
This week on a conference call he spoke about the UFC describing it as a "hostile" work environment.
UFC President Dana White responded with this statement:
"In the time Jon Fitch was with us, we paid him $302,000 in discretionary bonuses – $302,000," White told MMAjunkie.com. "That's money that me and Lorenzo decided to give him above and beyond the deal that he signed. He also made $130,000 on performance bonuses for his two 'Fight of the Night' bonuses. That's a hostile work environment? Everything that Jon Fitch said is complete and total bullshit."
"Jon Fitch said he was working under a hostile work environment and that he never had an opportunity and should have double the wins he had with us. He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bullshit. Jon Fitch is so full of shit. He's fucking delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living shit out of him, did we treat him differently or anything?
"Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked fucking dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What fucking opportunities has he not been given?
"He was prominently featured on tons of UFC pay-per-view events. 'GSP'-B.J. Penn was the main event at UFC 94, and Jon Fitch was on that fight card against Akihiro Gono. He was on UFC 100 vs. Paulo Thiago. He was on UFC 111 against Ben Saunders, and 'GSP' and Dan Hardy were the main event of that one. UFC 117 against Paulo Thiago? That was Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen in the main event. He's fought on all the most prominent cards. When he had a baby, we sent him an awesome baby basket. Do you do that to somebody you don't give a shit about? He's 35 years old, and since 2011, he's gone 1-2-1."
"In business, you're going to butt heads every now and then. But I've said publicly many times that I have no grudge with Jon Fitch. That whole thing is overplayed.
"He was given multiple opportunities and couldn't win the big fight. He's trying to make it personal. It's the furthest fucking thing from personal."
"When we released Jon Fitch, I said right then that one of the other organizations would pick him up and he'd be a star there and probably hold their title. How is that not good for Jon Fitch?"