Luke Rockhold has labelled UFC president Dana White a ‘tyrant’ and an ‘egotistical man’ in an explosive rant.
The 51-year-old has come below scrutiny after former light-heavyweight Jon Jones expressed his outrage at not being paid what he felt was a good quantity to face Francis Ngannou.
‘Bones’ vacated his title at 205lbs and has made the aware resolution to maneuver up in weight safely in an effort to deal with giants like Ngannou, who knocked out Stipe Miocic to turn out to be the brand new heavyweight world champion.
But White urged the 33-year-old was afraid to make the step up, prompting a livid response from Jones on social media.
Rockhold recognised this tactic from the boss and informed the Rippin’ It Podcast his employer tried the identical factor when he misplaced his belt to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in 2016.
“Combating is sort of a mafia,” he stated. “They’ve these very mafioso-type techniques in negotiations; they attempt to f*** with you. I’m not having any of it.
“Should you don’t know your value somebody will let you know your value and it’ll be lower than your value, so know your value.
“As soon as I misplaced the world title, Dana White got here as much as me and tried to beat me down mentally and I used to be like ‘f*** you,’ straight up.
“I used to be like I’m going to go do my very own factor, in the event you’re going to attempt to provide me this and that bull s***, you already know who I’m and what I did. That’s the one cause I went out and bought a modelling contract so I might leverage myself.”
“We don’t have the governing physique,” he continued. “We’ve bought an egotistical man that’s a little bit of a tyrant.
“Nobody goes to attempt to battle you, you’ve bought to place your ass on the road, stand your floor, take threat, in any other case you get handled like a b****.
“It’s unlucky, a man like that, he thinks he can battle, he thinks he’s a fighter. I don’t perceive why he’s attempting to belittle all of the fighters if you’ve by no means fought a day in your life.
“You’re a promoter. We’d like a governing physique to present individuals what they deserve, he doesn’t play the sport proper.”