As tensions between Dan Hardy and Dana White and the UFC continue to rise, Hardy has begun to respond. Dan Hardy’s comments about White’s allegedly “staged” concern for Calvin Kattar ahead of his Fight Island headliner with Max Holloway in early 2021 reignited the rivalry between the two at UFC 280 fight week.
Those remarks were not taken well by the boss, who reacted in typical fashion. With his most recent YouTube live stream, Hardy is now responding to the criticism. Concerning his remarks on the Kattar predicament:
“I don’t doubt for a second that Dana was concerned. I was right there and amongst it. I could see the concern on his face. Ultimately, I feel like that concern was for the UFC, though. It’s the UFC brand.
“Calvin Kattar got $115,000 for that fight. That’s not enough. If you care about the fighter, you pay them more for that kind of damage.”
White said during the press conference that Hardy could be “bitter” over being let go from the UFC for “mistreating a woman.” In this last live webcast, Hardy reiterated his previous clarifications on the matter.
However, the former UFC welterweight claims that White’s criticism is just one example of the “narratives” that the corporation creates, in this case concerning fighters and former employees who are about to leave ways.
“It was the same narratives that they used because… and I’m no longer a fighter for the UFC. I wasn’t on contract as a fighter. It wasn’t like they could put me in there with someone like Chimaev to get my ass kicked.
“That was the plan with Nate: do as much damage to him physically and brand-wise as possible, so he is not valuable to go anywhere else. This is the consistent thing, unfortunately, with the UFC. People aren’t allowed to leave graciously.
“There’s never an opportunity where you can step away from the UFC on good terms because they’ve invested so much money on you as an asset, as a brand.”
“I’m bitter. Yeah, I’m a little bit, because a lot of false narratives have been told. And I understand that the UFC wasn’t just gonna quietly let me leave. They were gonna have to do something about it because they didn’t want me moving on to a different organization with any kind of worth to my brand.
“You will get damaged as much as possible so you don’t move on and do something else.”
“This is a lesson from Dana at the press conference: I don’t give a f*ck what people think at this point. I really don’t. I was fired for speaking my mind, twice. I’ve been defamed, they’ve tried to f—ng shut me down the best they can. They came after all my sponsors..
“I’m just not bothered at this point. I’m really not. I owe nobody anything. I am here for no reason other than because I love MMA, I love martial arts, and I like talking to you guys.”
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