Dana White appeared on Versus show ‘The Daily Line’ today to help promote Sunday night’s UFC On Versus 2 event and break down the fights.
Much of the talk was about the UFC’s hot prospect Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, but despite the hype surrounding him White was keen to stress that he may still be a year away from a title shot if he wins on Sunday night.
“One he breaks into that top eight [at 205lbs], your talking Shogun Rua, your talking Machida, your talking Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, you know, your talking all the best guys in the world right now,” White said. He’s got a long way for a title shot, it’s gonna take a while. He’s gotta knock off some serious competition.”
Moving on to the Yushin Okami Vs Mark Munoz fight, White had some unexpected words of encouragement for the Japanese fighter.
“Winning this fight would be big [for Okami]. I say it all the time, you know, Yushin Okami is one of the best 185lb’ers in the world and has been for a while. This guy’s due for a title shot.”
That’s somewhat surprising given that for much of his UFC career Okami appears to have been steered away from a shot at the title despite racking up an impressing 8-2 octagon record.
Perhaps with Anderson Silva suggesting earlier this week that he may just stay at 185lbs for the remainder of his career, the UFC is now looking to generate some interest in other fighters beyond Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort who could challenge the champion.
Given that Okami already holds a pre-UFC win over Silva makes him a solid choice in that regard.
Check out Dana White’s full preview on the show below.