White criticizes NSAC for Floyd ruling
February, 16, 2012
By Brett Okamoto
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesBoxer Floyd Mayweather has been granted a license to fight -- much to the chagrin of Dana White.OMAHA, Neb. -- UFC president Dana White has addressed what he sees as "totally biased" and "completely unfair" behavior by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
White's comments stem from a hearing on Feb. 1, during which the NSAC ruled unanimously in favor of granting professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. a one-fight license to compete on May 5, despite the fact he faces 90 days of jail time.
In December, Mayweather pleaded guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. The following month, a Las Vegas judge agreed to postpone Mayweather's sentence to allow him to fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5.
The fight could generate more than $100 million for the city of Las Vegas, according to Mayweather's lawyer, Richard Wright.
To White, the decisions made by the state's governing bodies not only defy logic, they fail to coincide with similar scenarios UFC fighters have faced.
"I don't know what to say," White said. "I'll just be honest about it. Holy s---. That's crazy."
In 2011, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen applied to the NSAC for a second's license, which would not allow him to fight in Nevada, but would grant him the right to corner fighters and serve as a coach on the reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter."
Sonnen, who received a one-year suspension from the California State Athletic Commission for high testosterone levels during a fight against Anderson Silva in August 2010, failed to receive a license from the NSAC.
White is also awaiting a ruling from the NSAC regarding welterweight Nick Diaz, who tested positive for marijuana metabolites after a loss to Carlos Condit earlier this month. It was the second time Diaz has failed a drug test in Nevada.
Precedent suggests Diaz faces a potential one-year suspension and monetary fine for the positive test. On Jan. 31, the NSAC handed down that exact sentence on professional boxer Matt Vanda, who tested positive for marijuana in 2010 and 2011.
To White, comparing the two cases and considering the NSAC's decisions in each are mind blowing.
"The boxer guy, who smokes marijuana a second time, is not going to jail," White said. "He gets a year suspension and they take 40 percent of his purse.
Floyd Mayweather is going to jail. It's been put off so he can fight and then he gets licensed to fight? Am I the only guy on this planet who thinks that's crazy?” -- Dana White
"Floyd Mayweather is going to jail. It's been put off so he can fight and then he gets licensed to fight? Am I the only guy on this planet who thinks that's crazy?"
The promotion had planned to book Diaz to an immediate rematch against Condit before being notified of the failed test. When the positive test was announced, White issued a statement that he was "beyond disappointed."
The NSAC is expected to sentence Diaz at a hearing in April, according to reports. While White eagerly awaits the result of that hearing, he's baffled that Mayweather will be simultaneously training for a fight against Miguel Cotto.
"How about this?" White said. "The Nevada [State] Athletic Commission royally kissed Mayweather's a--. This guy is going to jail, but the judge is allowing him to not go to jail until he has his fight.
"We'll see what happens [at the Diaz hearing]. We'll see if inconsistency prevails again."