After the UFC 115 post-fight press conference was wrapped up Dana White spoke to MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani about the major talking points arising from the event.
Here’s some highlights from what he had to say.
On the manner of Chuck Liddell’s loss: “In my opinion he went out the way Chuck would want to go out. He went out there and fought the way that made him a world champion and made him famous, man. He went out there guns a-blazing.”
“I was impressed, he was throwing kicks, he went for a takedown just to mess Rich up so that Rich wouldn’t think that he was just going to punch and kick. I thought Chuck looked great right up until it ended.”
On Liddell’s retirement: “I guarantee you tonight was the last night.”
On Rick Franklin’s performance: “I thought he looked awesome tonight, and you know what’s more impressive – Chuck Liddell broke his arm with that kick he hit him with. And Rich didn’t stop and wince and say ‘hey I broke my arm.’ Rich kept right on fighting and with ten seconds left in the fight knocked Chuck Liddellout.”
“I don’t know why people keep dogging Rich Franklin and under-rating him. You know, he’s fought all the best in the world, the toughest guys out there and he’s always in the mix, man.”
On Mirko Cro Cop: “He showed up for this fight in great spirits, and, you know, I love it, I love the new Mirko Cro Cop, it’s awesome.”
“This is fun to have him as open as he’s been with the media as he has been, as fun as he has been in the press conferences.”
“He’s assured Lorenzo and I that he wants to end his career here, so we want him to too.”
On Pat Barry: “I think Pat Barry did show to much respect. He’d hit him with big shots and then didn’t follow up with them.”
“Mirko Cro Cop’s always a dangerous guy and when you’ve got a guy him l hurt you’ve got to go in for the finish.”
On Jake Shields: “We are in negotiations with him, we have not signed him yet.
Check out the full interview below: