Dana White Calls Oscar De La Hoya an ‘Idiot’ and a ‘Liar’ a Bunch of Times on ESPN (Video)

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Dana White made the rounds on various ESPN shows this morning to fact-check rival mixed-martial arts promoter Oscar De La Hoya. Surprise, surprise: It pretty quickly devolved into name-calling.

While White definitely offered a different perspective and an alternative set of financial statistics meant to debunk De La Hoya’s recent claims that MMA’s major-league promotion doesn’t pay its fighters enough, the UFC president mostly just ended up calling the retired boxer an “idiot” and a “liar” a bunch of times.

Oh, and White really, really wants to be drug-tested alongside De La Hoya. White had called De La Hoya “a cokehead” a few weeks ago, so that’s what that’s all about.

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First, on Mike Greenberg’s morning show “Get Up!” on Thursday, White said he has paid Chuck Liddell more not to fight than De La Hoya paid him to fight in the main event on a Golden Boy card last month. De La Hoya’s promotion was criticized for letting the 48-year-old Liddell fight, and White has been the leading voice saying the MMA legend — who was knocked out in his last few UFC fights and never stood a chance in his November bout against the also-past-his-prime Tito Ortiz — should have never been cleared to compete.

“Let’s do it, idiot, c’mon, any show you want,” White challenged De La Hoya to a live-TV debate. “I wanna hear you stumble and bumble and mumble through … he doesn’t run the business, he knows nothing about the business, he knows nothing about the sport — and he’s not very bright. So, let’s do it, any day of the week, let’s do it — and let’s do drug tests too.”

White continued the attack later on ESPN’s “First Take.” There, he added the word “moron” into the mix while talking about De La Hoya.

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Watch White’s “Get Up” appearance above and his “First Take” one below.

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And this is what has White all worked up — in addition to what he sees as the exploitation of Liddell, who helped popularize the UFC:

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Boxer Canelo Alvarez Signs $365 Million Deal With John Skipper’s Sports Streaming Network DAZN

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Showtime Promotes Stephen Espinoza to President of Sports and Event Programming

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Showtime has promoted Stephen Espinoza to president of its Sports and Event Programming group. Espinoza has led the pay-TV channel to its current position as champion of the (televised) boxing world.

“Simply stated, Stephen is the heavyweight champion of his profession,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “He is an innovator, equal parts thoughtful and tenacious, who has turned Showtime boxing into the market leader, while also driving excellence in our documentaries and sports series.”

In 2017, Showtime Sports produced 33 world championship fights and 71 live bouts in all — twice as many as any other outlet. And Showtime Championship Boxing has a TV lineup for the first six months of 2018 that will be the largest ever in the sport, the network touted Wednesday in a media release. Its calendar through June will feature 10 world-class events including 12 world title fights.

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Under Espinoza’s eye, Showtime got a nice piece of the two most-watched pay-per-view events in history: (No. 1) 2015’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight and (No. 2) 2017’s Mayweather-Conor MacGregor bout.

Espinoza helped orchestrate one of the biggest deals in boxing history when Mayweather moved to Showtime in 2013 under a six-fight deal. Across seven events in four years with Mayweather, Showtime PPV has generated more than 14 million U.S. and Canada buys and over $1.2 billion in domestic pay-per-view revenue.

Prior to joining Showtime in late 2011, Espinoza was a partner in the firm of Ziffren Brittenham LLP, where he represented fighters Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson.

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Bryan Cranston, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner Among the Presenters for 2017 ESPY Awards

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The worlds of Hollywood, entertainment and sports are set to collide once again next week with the 25th annual ESPY Awards.

Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner are among the A-list actors set to present at the 2017 ESPYs on July 12, which airs live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will host this year’s sports star-filled event, with ESPN veteran Chris Berman, Dove Cameron, Eddie George, Nneka Ogwumike, Elizabeth Olsen, Danica Patrick and Issa Rae also named as presenters.

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Other talent from the stage, screen, track and field expected to attend include Odell Beckham Jr., Martellus Bennett, Simone Biles, Stephen Curry, Oscar De La Hoya, Snoop Dogg, Gabby Douglas, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Julian Edelman, Julius Erving, Prince Fielder, Devonta Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Derek Hough, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Colin Kaepernick, Gus Kenworthy, Chloe Kim, Brandon Marshall, Von Miller, Danica Patrick, Michael Phelps, Jeremy Piven, Dak Prescott, Robin Roberts, Richard Sherman, Lindsey Vonn, Russell Westbrook and Shaun White.

Tom Brady, the Chicago Cubs, Kevin DurantSerena Williams and Simone Biles are the top contenders for this year’s awards which recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performances.

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Along with their MVP quarterback, the New England Patriots scooped up a slew of nominations such as Bill Belichick for Best Coach, Julian Edelman for Best Play, Best Team and Best Game, for their against-the-odds comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

The full list of nominees was released last month and fans can vote online here ahead of the ceremony next week.

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The ESPYs will also showcase inspiring human stories through three pillar awards: the Arthur Ashe Courage Award — for which Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver  will be posthumously honored — the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and the Pat Tillman Award for Service. The show supports ESPN’s ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, launched by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano in 1993.

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Floyd Mayweather: ‘Today, I Am Officially Out of Retirement for Conor McGregor’ (Video)

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Floyd Mayweather says he’s “officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor,” and the boxer wants to fight the mixed martial arts star as soon as June.

That means the ball is back in McGregor’s court, with a big contract in his corner — just not as large as the one Mayweather wants.

“I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC,” the undefeated pugilist said during a rowdy British press conference. “Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June.”

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“Pretty Boy” Floyd then accused McGregor of just using the Mayweather name “for leverage,” an attempt to raise his own profile. How can he say that? Well, the Irishman and current UFC Lightweight Champion hasn’t even responded to The Money Team’s recent proposals, Mayweather said.

“He’s quiet as a church mouse,” the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet concluded. “Conor McGregor, stop blowing smoke up everybody a–. If you want to fight, let’s make the fight happen.”

Watch the video above, but don’t hold your breath for a brawl. These two have been circling each other (outside of the ring) for a long time now, with each claiming the other side is preventing the massive payday and boxing match.

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