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Shaw calls White an 'idiot' for Kimbo Slice putdown

In a recent interview with The Press-Telegram, outspoken UFC President Dana White made clear his feelings on YouTube sensation turned MMA fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. When asked about EliteXC's upcoming national broadcast ? headlined by Slice ? White stated, "You know what would happen if he fought in the UFC? I'd put him in against (lightweight champion) BJ Penn and [Slice] would get annihilated."

On Thursday, during a CBS Conference call for the upcoming event, EliteXC President Gary Shaw gave this response:

"Dana White is a j***-off. That's what Dana White is. He's a f***ing idiot and you can quote me on that. If he cared about mixed martial arts and the sport instead of caring about his big-a** swimming pool and his own personal gains, he would understand that statements like that make someone into a jerk.

First of all, I love B.J. Penn and he is a friend of mine. And his brother J.D. Penn works with our company. Kimbo Slice with one shot would knock out B.J. Penn, a 155 pounder. But they're never going to fight. It's an idiotic statement from a complete idiot."

When pressed for his own feelings, Kimbo responded in his typical cool, brief manner.

"You know, it's a free country," he said. "You know, everyone's entitled to their own opinion."