Two prominent MMA journalists, Josh Gross of ESPN and Loretta Hunt of Sports Illustrated, have long been barred from UFC events, due to disagreements with UFC president Dana White. White’s expletive-laden video blasting Hunt for an article that he deemed “fucking retarded” went viral on the Internet before being pulled by the UFC. In that clip, White called Ms. Hunt a “liar” and “fucking dumb bitch” and a “fucking moron” (twice). The tough-talking UFC president also yanked her media credentials, as he did to Josh Gross, who had released some TUF inside information several years ago.
Both journalists, however, were at the Fox Sports/UFC press conference where it was announced that the Fox Network would be joining forces with the UFC in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Many people, from fans to media types, were quite surprised to see Hunt and Gross at the press conference. A reporter from RearNakedJoke.com (coming soon) caught up with Dana White and asked him why the two formerly banned reporters were allowed to the presser.
“I don’t hold grudges,” White explained. “Lorenzo [Fertitta, UFC Chairman and CEO] and I sat down and had a discussion about this—we were at a ballgame actually—and I told him that it was time to let bygones be bygones and welcome Josh and that fu—other reporter back into the fold. It was the right thing to do and it was all my idea.”
However, exclusive footage taken at the ball game in question by ace MMA reporter Gordo tells a different story. Although the camera was too far away to pick up the actual dialogue, White’s body language seemed to indicate that it was Lorenzo Fertitta’s idea to re-credential Hunt and Gross, not his. We’ll let you decide, based on the actual film of their discussion, which we have for you after the jump.