UFCThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts organization, recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC. This promotion is responsible for solidifying the sport's postion in the history-books.
UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on FOX, FX, and FUEL TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide.
The recent addition to the New England Patriots is at it again calling out MMA athletes, and his most recent target is Georges St-Pierre.
Ochocinco, who plays wide receiver, this past month signed a deal to rep TapouT gear and in passing called the welterweight champion out.
"I'm not going to lose to no [expletive] Canadian," Ochocinco said.
But he might be barking up the wrong tree, just as he was when he called out middleweight champion Anderson Silva and got the attention of Dana White.
With outspoken footballer at it again, the UFC president was asked to respond to the dubious comments.
"This is a tough one for me because he's going to the Patriots, and I'm a Patriots fan," White today said following a UFC 133 pre-event press conference. "But he talks so much [expletive] man, it's unbelievable.
"Yeah, he's crazy. I don't know if he's just out there trying to get some more followers, or if he's really that nuts. You need to stick to football."
Not one to miss a potential plug, UFC 133 headliner Tito Ortiz jumped into the conversation.
"I've got to give a lot of thanks to Dana for putting us on the map," he said. "For guys like that who are in the NFL and take shots at UFC fighters.
"They want to make name off of us? Let it be. Until he steps into the cage with us, or even the gym at Punishment Training Center, let's see how it is then."
Of course, no one in their right mind would think Ochocinco would stand a chance in a fight against a seasoned mixed martial artist, let alone that an athletic commission of any type would sanction it.
But it makes a few nice headlines, and sometimes, the distance between football and MMA contracts.