Bob Arum Bashes Dana White For Pushing On With UFC 249

The beef between Bob Arum and Dana White goes way back to 2009 when Arum first expressed his dislike for the sport of MMA. The duo have been going at it ever since.

This time, talking on the State of Combat podcast (transcribed by The Mac Life), the renowned boxing promoter took a shot at Dana for pushing on with UFC 249, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

“He ought to be ashamed of himself. With what’s going on in this country and in the world with this virus, the last thing we need is for an event to take place with no spectators just to get the event to take place. But the truth is Dana White is somebody with a flawed intelligence. I mean, as witnessed by the fact he’s one of the biggest supporters of our incompetent president.”

Arum doesn’t believe that UFC 249 will actually take place, but he had some harsh words for Dana none the less.

“He’s not going to move forward with the card. If the card happens with people dying in hospitals all over the United States, he ought to be ashamed of himself,” Arum said. “The message should be: stay home, stand down until this is over. Let’s not spread the virus, let’s control the virus. Let’s do what we can to staff these hospitals so we take care of people who go into intensive care. Let’s all be big people, big boys about it, and stop the grandstanding.

“This will end when it ends,” Arum continued. “And it’ll end quicker if we all stick together, and do what we’re supposed to do. Not go and shout from the rafter that ‘I’m not a pussy and I’m gonna put this fight on, I don’t care’. That is absolutely the wrong message to send.”

Do you agree with Bob Arum that moving forward with events is irresponsible at this moment? Or do you think Dana White is doing a good thing by trying to make UFC 249 happen at all costs?


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