Oscar De La Hoya wasn’t going to let Dana White badmouth him and his promotion without a response. That response went out Wednesday night when the Golden Boy Promotions head issued a statement to press not so kindly asking the UFC president to mind his own business.
“Dana is so small and threatened by our success with DAZN and now in MMA that he is bringing up news from a decade ago to try to stay relevant,” De La Hoya said in the statement (via MMAFighting). “Boxing has entirely rejected him. And MMA fighters are now realizing they don’t have to risk their lives just so he can get rich. Golden Boy and I are moving forward and are bigger than ever. Dana should shut the f*ck up and try to figure out how to save his own company.”
The statement comes in response to remarks White made on UFC’s in house “Unfiltered” podcast. During a tirade on the podcast, White called De La Hoya a “cokehead” multiple times and was critical of Golden Boy and the California State Athletic Commission for allowing Chuck Liddell to fight. Liddell lost a first round knockout to Tito Ortiz on Saturday after an eight year retirement.
Leading up to the fight De La Hoya was critical of White for forcing Liddell to retire and for what he deemed to be poor fighter pay for UFC talent.
Liddell and Ortiz were paid a reported $250,000 and $200,000 respectively plus a share of live gate and pay-per-view revenue. Pay-per-view numbers are not available as of yet but early indications are that the show may have done better than expected.