UFC president Dana White is no friend of the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 of Las Vegas.
At issue is the union's beef against anyone with ties to UFC parent company Zuffa, which was founded in 2001 by Station Casinos executives Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta. For years the Culinary Workers have been trying to unionize Station Casinos and, through pointing out any and all negative aspects of the UFC to advertisers and regulators, have proved to be a major pain for Zuffa and the UFC
While the Culinary Workers Union is largely blamed for the UFC's inability to get MMA legalized and regulated in New York, White has also alleged it is behind legislation in Sacramento that he claims would force the UFC to stop holding events in California. AB2100 would abolish exclusive contracts and impose a 5 percent tax on broadcast fees. In April, the bill passed through the committee for Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media by a 5-3 vote and is headed to the Committee on Appropriations.
The latest salvo by the Culinary Workers Union that has White's attention is a video piecing together comments by White and UFC fighters that could be viewed as profane, derogatory, misogynistic and homophobic.
But the real target of the video is actress Mandy Moore, who is known for her wholesome image as well as being a vocal UFC fan. The video goes so far as to question her being a positive role model because of her affinity for the UFC.
When White was asked Thursday whether AB2100 might hamper the UFC's presence in California, even after he praised holding fights in Los Angeles and at Staples Center, he pulled no punches.
"The Las Vegas Culinary Union. They're gangsters who continue to mess with us, you know? That's what these guys are - they're gangsters.
"They started this online attack of Mandy Moore because she's a fan of the UFC. Let me tell you what ... Mandy Moore is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. She's sweet. She would never hurt a fly. These scumbags are out there attacking her online and going to people like Disney and all these people she does business with because she's a UFC fan ...
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