Two years ago, boxing promoter Bob Arum ripped MMA during an interview with Ariel Helwani.
“MMA is garbage. It is not a sport that shows great talent,” Arum said. “Guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground. UFC are a bunch of skinhead white guys, watching people in the ring, who also look like skinhead white guys. I would think that the majority of people in my generation would feel the same.”
The UFC remembered that disparaging interview and decided to make it the focus of a video promoting their first ever network television appearance:
The UFC makes its network TV debut on FOX Saturday with Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos headlining the event. More people will watch that MMA card than have watched any boxing card in the last several years. But that shouldn’t be a surprise — our Danny Lee wrote about that topic in May. Arum really should be worrying about what he’s going to do once Manny Pacquiao retires. Boxing will be in bad shape when it loses him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. How many other superstars do they have?
Fist pound to Bloody Elbow, via LBS contributor Alan