In dispute with Culinary, UFC counters with attack site of its own


UFC President Dana White announces a multiyear agreement between Ultimate Fighting Championship and Fox Media Group in August 2011 at a news conference at Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

Culinary Rally at Palace Station

Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer D. Taylor leads a chant during a  rally and picket line organized by the Culinary Union Local 226 to condemn Station Casinos' anti-union campaigns in front of Palace Station in Las Vegas Thursday, March 11, 2010. Launch slideshow »

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has launched a digital attack against the Culinary Union.

After two years of battling the Culinary while fighting to legalize the sport in New York, the UFC’s counter jab comes in the form of a critical website aimed at exposing the union’s “smear campaign,” the company said in a statement. charges the Culinary with criminal conduct, financial mismanagement and making “frivolous allegations.”

“The Culinary Union’s actual agenda has nothing to do with such conduct,” reads an introduction on the website. “This website’s purpose is to set the record straight regarding the true motivations of the Culinary Union’s smear campaign.” follows the heels of the Culinary’s 2011 launch of its own website:, a knock on the organization’s three-letter acronym. The website details the profane tirades of UFC President Dana White.

The Culinary represents 60,000 workers on the Strip and has unsuccessfully tried to unionize Station Casinos for many years. Tensions have recently boiled over, scolding the UFC, which is owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.

Hard-pressed to get sanctioned in New York state, UFC has accused the Culinary of using its political muscle to prevent the UFC from gaining a foothold on the East Coast market.

For the past four years, the New York Senate has voted in favor of a bill to legalize MMA in the state, but the bill has repeatedly died in the Assembly.

Culinary officials were not immediately available for comment Monday afternoon.