Dana White Explains Wanting Griffin And Hughes To Retire
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Dana White was a guest recently on a Google+ chat and di3rscussed fighters retiring from competition and in particularly, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin.
“One of the things that you guys have to understand is…some of the people out there are smashing me. ‘Who are you to tell somebody when they should be able to retire? It’s their decision and everything else.” White said on a recent Google+ chat. “Guess what, this isn’t like you’re working at GE, you work for Microsoft and I’m coming and telling you ‘you should retire,’ this is the fight business. When you get to a certain point, and even some of these, some of the fans, guess what? I know more than you do.”
“I know how much money these guys got, I know exactly what’s going on in these guys heads. Neither one of these guys (Hughes and Griffin) are going to be on another title run, you know what I mean? And you look at a guy like Forrest, and I don’t want to count anyone out, anything is possible, but Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones is nasty, he’s young, you know, this is just a young man’s sport.”
“Forrest Griffin and Matt Hughes, they’ve made the tons of money, tons of money, they’ve both had huge accomplishments,” he said. “I would like to see them retire because I care about them. Forrest Griffin and Matt Hughes both have beautiful wives, they have beautiful kids, tons of money, right? Why get punched in the face any more if you don’t have to?”
“This is a promoter here; I’m a promoter, that’s what I do for a living.” White explained in the chat. “These are two of the biggest names. I could put Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin out and there and I could make money off them. I don’t want to make one dollar of that kind of money,”
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