When news broke last month regarding allegations of potential fight fixing inside the UFC, company president Dana White was adamant the ordeal was a non-issue.
An update to the UFC’s Athlete code of conduct that restricted any contracted athlete and their coaches, friends, and family from wagering on any UFC bout was imposed shortly thereafter – but at the time, White assured reporters the move was more for optics than anything else.
“There’s absolutely zero proof that anybody that was involved bet on it,” White told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter of the allegations leveled against UFC featherweight Darrick Minner and his coach, James Krause shortly after the news broke.
That tone has since changed.
During a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, White now admits the potential of fight fixing in the sport is a ‘huge concern’ – a fear he shares with both the Alberta and Ontario province’s gaming commissions, who recently banned gambling on UFC events in light of allegations against James Krause and Darrick Minner.
“Now that there’s an investigation and it could be possible that it happened. Now it’s something that we really have to—” White interjected himself.
“You know, we’ve always told fighters – as all the gambling stuff started to heat up – ‘Stay away from gambling. Obviously, don’t – I mean, do you know how stupid you have to be to get involved in something like that? Everybody – it gets caught. You always get caught. And all they have to do is follow the money. Follow the money, you know? But there’s a lot of people in prison for really dumb stuff. People really are that stupid and, you know, things are gonna happen.
“And if this is all true,” he continued. “And this investigation ends up that this really happened people are going to go to prison. People aren’t going to go to jail, people are going to go to prison. And hopefully, everybody else is watching and taking notes.”
White declined to comment further on the investigation, given its currently pending status.
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UFC Roster Watch
Fighters removed this week:
- Benito Lopez
Fighters Added this week:
- Bobby Green (suspension ended)
- Alessandro Costa
Credit to UFC Roster Watch
On this day in MMA…
On the 14th of December, 2019, Alexander Volkanovski became the UFC featherweight champion at UFC 245 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The surging Australian contender, hot on a 17-fight win streak, met Hawaii’s long-reigning 145-pound champion, Max Holloway, in the pay-per-view’s co-main event at the T-Mobile Arena. Little did Holloway know at the time, the ‘Blessed’ era was about to come to a screeching halt.
Volkanovski implemented his game plan to perfection that night. Relying heavily on calf kicks, feints, hand fighting, and his own speed advantage, the title challenger put on a virtuoso performance that had seemingly left Holloway perplexed.
After 25 minutes of a non-stop striking affair, the judges were summoned to deliberate. The final verdict was a unanimous decision victory in favor of the Australian challenger. The battle had concluded, but the war was only in its infancy. The pair of featherweight greats would duke it out twice more over the following two years – the modern-day warriors ultimately spending a total of an hour and fifteen minutes locked inside of a cage together. However, despite a second and third chance at redemption, in the end, Holloway would come up short on both occasions.