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Dana White agrees with Cub Swanson's suggestion of minimum amateur fighting experience for MMA journalists

Cub Swanson and Dana White agree that MMA journalists should have amateur bouts on their resume
Cub Swanson and Dana White agree that MMA journalists should have amateur bouts on their resume
Tarun Bhatt
Modified 14 Feb 2021

UFC featherweight Cub Swanson has called out MMA journalists who can't comprehend the emotional aspect of fighting inside the Octagon.

Swanson's tweet got approval from UFC president Dana White, who concurs with the UFC fighter that MMA media members should compete in at least three amateur fights.

Cub Swanson clarified that he was not taking a jibe at journalists and was being genuine in his critique.

The featherweight believes that with a few fights under their belts, journalists will perceive how it feels to be locked inside the cage.

Dana White chimed in on the conversation and lauded Cub Swanson's take on reporters who don't take into account what a fighter goes through mentally.

Dana White has been vocal in criticizing MMA journalists (namely Ariel Helwani) who have been accused of instigating fights between athletes.

MMA media can be vicious in critiquing fighters who put it all on the line inside the octagon.

These gladiators leave behind their families and prepare in many months long training camps.


Win or lose, every fighter deserves the utmost respect for the sacrifices they make to put on a show for the fans.

Apart from Dana White how did the rest of the MMA world react to Cub Swanson's proposal?

Reactions from across the MMA world started pouring in as Cub Swanson's proposition went viral on Twitter.

Media personality Marc Raimondi jokingly remarked that he would only compete against other media members and not real fighters.

Former UFC double champ Conor McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh gave his two cents on whether media officials should clash inside the cage.

Promoting the 6-month long training camp called Wimp2Warrior, Kavanagh pointed out that training for a professional fight will eventually reflect on the questions that are asked in media scrums.


Many fans also commented that MMA judges should also be allowed to score fights only if they compete in amateur bouts as well.

This is a great recommendation as many fights in the UFC are often ruled against the deserving opponent due to the lack of MMA knowledge that judges have.

With Dana White concurring with Cub Swanson's argument, it looks like the UFC president might entertain holding a matchup between personalities from the media.

Published 14 Feb 2021, 14:06 IST
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