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Jimmy Conrad Challenges UFC’s Dana White to a Soccer Match: MLS Fan View
Former U.S. men's national team member and MLS player, Jimmy Conrad, has challenged UFC president Dana White to a soccer match. The issue stems from White's previous derogatory remarks about soccer in an interview, and he has accepted the challenge on Twitter. Conrad is already searching for a good goalkeeper.
Dana White's Comments
Dana White attacked soccer as a sport during an interview in March 2012. He stated, "Can't stand soccer. It's the least-talented sport on Earth." His comments angered many fans, and this may have been the reaction he wanted. White could simply be searching for another market to attract attention to UFC.
White has continued to defend his statements about soccer on his official Twitter account. He recently posted an expletive laden rant that included, "I don't [l]ike soccer[.]" He has also tried to stand up for his right to voice an unpopular opinion by adding, "I have to like soccer? I have an opinion like everyone else in the world." Dana White has been responding to the angry comments, and the attention he is getting may have been his goal.
Jimmy Conrad's Challenge
Jimmy Conrad has challenged Dana White to a soccer match to prove that the sport is not as easy as it seems. Conrad drafted an open letter to White and uploaded it to YouTube. The video invites him to experience soccer with professional players and face reality. Conrad has also been using his official Twitter account to invite Dana White.
White initially mocked the challenge with a statement on Twitter that included, "Me and two 3 years old accept his challenge[.]" However, he later posted, "I'm in bro!!!" Jimmy Conrad has indicated that he has also contacted White through voicemail and wants to set up the soccer match quickly.
White's comments and Conrad's statements may simply be a publicity stunt that benefits both parties. Dana White may be hoping to aggravate soccer fans and get more media attention for UFC. Jimmy Conrad has a YouTube channel, KickTV, that he has been promoting. In either case, the soccer challenge may be an entertaining event for fans.
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Lana follows MLS, UEFA and FIFA. She has been a faithful fan of the Chicago Fire since 1998. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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