Al Iaquinta goes off on Dana White regarding weigh ins, handling of fighters etc.
Al Iaquinta had a ton to say about Dana White on the MMA Hour
Al Iaquinta certainly earned his nickname “Ragin’ Al.” He pulls no punches and definitely says what is on his mind, no matter what. Yesterday he was a guest on Ariel Helwani‘s MMA Hour program and he was not shy about his thoughts on UFC boss Dana White. He talked about the weigh-ins first, and Dana’s plan to move them back to the afternoon.
“His sense of reality is gone, it’s gone. It’s shot. Absolutely shot. It’s scary. Now he’s putting our health at risk. He’s going to move the weigh-ins? So why did you move the weigh-ins in the first place? Because, in his mind, he wants more exciting fights. How are you going to get more exciting fights? Give the fighters more time to recover, right? Which is also beneficial to us because it’s healthy. It’s healthy for us to replenish.
Even though it’s healthier for the fighters, we’re going to move it back to the nighttime, because he interviewed a million fighters? I haven’t seen one that want it at night. So his sense of reality, you can’t — it’s almost like, you do an interview with him now, it’s not about the truth, it’s about his agenda. So, I’m weighing-in in the morning.”
He said that he felt Lorenzo would keep Dana White in check…not let him get too out of pocket with his thoughts or beliefs. But now that Lorenzo has moved on from the UFC, Al feels Dana is free to do and say as what he pleases without consequence. He said as much to Ariel.
“Lorenzo kept him in check. Now that (he’s gone), I think he’s going to run this thing into the ground, because now he’s just saying whatever he wants to say. No one’s keeping him under wraps. He’s saying whatever he wants to say. You’re just going to move the weigh-in? What fighter did you interview? He said, ‘We’ve got 550 fighter on the roster, we interviewed more than you.’ Eh, I don’t think so. I haven’t talked to a fighter that was interviewed or talked to about moving the weigh-ins back to the nighttime. I think it’s about him. It’s all about him. It’s always about him. And if it’s not about him, he wants to get right in there. He’s got one foot out the door. Just go, man. Go. Go. He’s done. He’s done.”
Al also commented on the CM Punk/Mike Jackson debacle as well as him feeling Dana White wasted Curtis Blaydes’ performance against Alistair Overeem.
“It’s like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you can’t f*ck that up. CM Punk, he shouldn’t be a thing you can f*ck up. He managed to f*ck it up, because Mike won the fight and he’s talking sh*t about Mike, and he’s got Alistair Overeem on the undercard when a guy, ‘Razor’ Blaydes, freaking knocked him out. ‘Razor’ Blaydes should’ve gotten a win on pay-per-view. He should be the guy right now. He should be upset. ‘Where am I? You put me on the undercard, I finished Overeem, and you’re talking sh*t about Michael Jackson?’ What’s going on? I just, I love this sport so much, it kills me. You were upset with the way Michael Jackson fought? You put a reporter in the fight. What do you expect?”
Rage on Ragin Al.