Last Sunday, a group of hackers took down the website of the Ultimate Fighting Championships. This was a good choice, since it's sparked a week's-worth of enjoyable smack talk from UFC's president, including nerd put-downs and elaborate 9/11 analogies.
After hackers apparently unassociated with Anonymous attacked UFC.com, in retaliation for the organization's support of the dumb anti-piracy bill SOPA, ragey bald UFC president Dana White called out the entire internet.
"Keep hacking our site, do it again. Do it tonight," he said in an interview with MMAWeekly.
What happened is, everybody's terrified of the internet, including all of you standing in front of me right now. I've seen it over the last five years. You guys are terrified of the internet. I'm not. I'm not afraid of the internet. It's fun to get on the internet and cruise around and stuff. I'm not afraid of it. So if you want to keep hacking our site, go for it. Watch what happens.
What happened was that the hacktivist collective Anonymous launched #OpUFC. Last night they retaliated by defacing UFC.TV and leaking Dana White's personal information.
But like a fighter recovering from an unexpected leg-sweep, Dana White launched an even fiercer counter-attack today. He compared last night's hacks to 9/11, and promised to "kick the asses" of all the "internet nerds" bothering him.
"You go out there and start acting like a terrorist, you're going to get Osama bin Laden-ed," he said.
Meanwhile he's been carrying on with Anonymous members on Twitter. Here are some of the best exchanges:
We reached out to Dana White's people, who told us he's too busy preparing for tonight's big UFC fight.
We can't wait for the next hack. Maybe Dana White will take a wireless router into the hexagon and stomp on it. Do you see this, Gene Simmons? This is how you feud with Anonymous.