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UFC boss White unaware of NHL lockout, but says he never like such disputes

UFC president Dana White announces at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

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What NHL lockout?

Hockey's labour dispute may be big news north of the border, but UFC president Dana White was unaware the NHL was on ice until a reporter asked him about it following UFC 152 Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.

"I actually didn't even know that," he said.

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"It's one of those things I never like to see," he added. "Everybody needs to keep the business rolling — the athletes need to make money, the owners need to keep the stadiums filled.

"It's a partnership, the same thing that it is with us. And I hate to see it. I don't know, I really don't know what to say about it. I don't know enough about it, number one, and number two, I'm not a big fan of it. I think it always sucks. It always ends up hurting the teams and the players because it pisses fans off.

"But I think hockey is such a crazy-ass sport up here, nothing can hurt it. Nothing."

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