UFC president Dana White and Oscar De La Hoya escalated their confrontation over fighter pay on social media.
After De La Hoya criticized White on the subject following the conclusion of Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega’s battle at UFC 266 on Saturday, White fired again by accusing the boxer of faking COVID-19, which compelled him to withdraw from his return to the ring in opposition to Vitor Belfort.
On Monday, De La Hoya took to Instagram to reply to White, calling him “pathetic” for downplaying the impacts of COVID-19 and the affect it’s had on the nation.
“That’s all you got Dana White? You’re accusing me of FAKING a virus that killed almost 700,000 Americans to avoid a fight??” De La Hoya wrote. “You pathetic piece of sh*t you’ve never even laced up the gloves. And you completely ignored my original point I made about UNDERPAYING YOUR FIGHTERS.”
White was fast to fireplace again, telling De La Hoya that he’s in no place to speak about fighter pay after the lone MMA occasion he promoted for Golden Boy in November 2018, which was headlined by a trilogy bout between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, who hadn’t competed in nearly eight years. Ortiz made fast work of Liddell, taking him out in Round 1. The reported payouts have been $250,000 for Liddell and $200,000 for Ortiz.
“Don’t worry about Volkanovski you clown,” White wrote. “He has a group of very clever, subtle individuals behind him and he’s clearly doing very properly for himself. If he wants to purchase an 8 ball then possibly he’ll attain out to you for some steerage. It’s no secret you’re a liar, drug addict, and throughout scumbag. It doesn’t matter that you just ‘laced up gloves’ and there’s no doubt you achieved huge issues in boxing. But out of the ring you’re an absolute f*cking loser.
“When you were a one and done MMA promoter you lied about what Chuck and Tito would make and you paid everyone sh*t!! Not to mention you didn’t even take the time to learn the names of your fighters on the card. So f*ck off. Leave the fight promoting to me and do the whole world a favor and fight Vitor Belfort so we can all watch you go to sleep!!!”
According to Triller’s Ryan Kavanagh, the promotion is concerned about rebooking 48-year-old De La Hoya in opposition to Belfort.