IFL CEO Jay Larkin is a clown
"This isn't my idea of fighting," he says of the world's fastest-growing spectator sport. "To me, two guys rolling around on the floor is tedious, like watching gay foreplay."
There’s two reasons he said this. He either doesn’t understand what gay foreplay is, or he simply doesn’t understand the sport. I’m going with the latter, which is why the IFL is failing miserably. Going for a homophobic gay joke is probably the easiest joke to make about MMA in the world. I wonder if Larkin followed that comment with this…
“Ha, ha. They are rolling around on the ground…get it! That’s what gay people do while fornicating! I’m so clever!”
Yep, that’s the genius the IFL brought in to get it over the hump. Great business move. The IFL stock has fallen to the point where you can just about buy the entire company with your economic stimulus check. He wasn’t done with his brilliant remarks, however.
“Our so-called friends in the M.M.A. [mixed martial arts] world are telling people that the I.F.L. is going out of business," says Larkin. "I like to tell people you can't spell [expletive deleted] without U.F.C."
If you’re keeping score at home, here’s how it should look. Jay Larkin at managing an MMA organization= -1 gabillion. Jay Larkin when it comes to profanity spelling contests= +1. I think the most surprising thing about his comments is that he actually says that to people. I’d love to be there for that conversation.
Random man: Hey Jay, how’s life treating you these days? Ghastly weather we’re having today, eh?
Jay Larkin: Hey… *giggles*…did you know you can’t spell [expletive deleted] without UFC? *snickers* It’s true, look it up!
Random man: Uh, that’s great Jay. Hey, listen, we’re all real proud of you. Don’t listen to what anyone else says ...
And why does he feel the need to tell people what letters are required to spell [expletive deleted]? Is it his understanding that when people put pen to paper they can only come up with the letter K before getting stumped?
Maybe MMA was never his true calling. Maybe his ultimate goal in life was to act like profanity’s version of Johnny Appleseed, running around spreading f-bombs (and correctly spelled f-bombs, mind you) wherever he goes.
Either way, it’s clear his talents aren’t being fully utilized. If he can reduce the IFL’s stock to the point where it’s affordable for anyone with an allowance, think of what he could do if he was running Big Oil? If that was the case, I could probably fill up my tank for less than $10.
Hardcore MMA fans love to hate on Dana White, but has he ever said anything in the same universe of ignorance as this?