Backstage after a terrific night of fights in Toronto, UFC President Dana White reflected on the big talking points emerging from the show with Ariel Helwani.
Check out the keynotes below and scroll down to watch the full video for yourselves courtesy of MMAFighting.
– Dana thinks Lyoto Machida came in to the fight in phenomenal shape and made the most of his opportunity, giving Jon Jones some trouble early which put the challenger a round up on his scorecard.
White believes this was Jones toughest test since he began fighting the upper echelon talents in the division.
– White agrees with Ariel Helwani’s assessment that Jon Jones performance over the past 365 days is the best in the history of the UFC.
Nevertheless, White stops short of naming him the best fighter in the world since Anderson Silva has remained undefeated since 2006 at the highest level. He does admit he’s “on his way” though.
– The fact the champion was drawing some boo’s from the crowd isn’t a concern for the UFC president. “there’s guys who became big stars that got booed early on,” he says, and points out that ‘Rampage’ Jackson had that early on in his UFC tenure.
As long as Jones is getting a reaction from fans one way or another, that’s all that matters.
– Jones noted at the post-fight presser that he’d life 4-5 months time out after a busy 2011, and White says he’s “cool” with that.
– Rashad Evans remains the next man to face the champion if he can defeat Phil Davis in January. The picture is less clear if Evans loses though with Davis not a certainty to become No.1 contender.
– Big Nog has something wrong with both his shoulder and elbow, and as such he’ll fly home with Dana to Las Vegas today to have surgery on it.
He ranks the gruesome breakage in the top three of all time in the UFC along with another time Frank Mir broke Tim Sylvia’s arm and the night when Corey Hill had his leg broken by a kick.
– White was “very impressed” with Mir tonight, and commends him for bouncing back from “pretty much being knocked out” to pull off the submission.
– Mir Vs Cain Velasquez is a fight that interests the UFC president, but it may depend on Velasquez fitness as he’s got “some knee issues that he’s been dealing with.”
– White isn’t ready to make a decision on Tito Ortiz future after his loss. He’ll talk to the fighter himself, and he points out that it’s not a situation where he feels he has to retire since it wasn’t as if he was viciously knocked out.
– Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig has long campaigned for a victory against Jonathon Goulet at ‘UFC Fight Night 3’ in 2006 to be recorded as the fastest win in UFC history. Currently that fight is officially recorded at 11 seconds, but anyone who’s seen it knows it should have been 4 seconds. When asked about it White says “I’ll see what I can do – I’m on it.”
– Dana isn’t sure whether the death of Mark Hominick’s trainer Shawn Tompkins recently effected his performance, but he seems to be leaning more towards the idea that it was just one of things that can happen in this sport.
– UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta thought that Brian Ebersole’s win over Claude Patrick was “a robbery.” White disagrees saying he had Ebersole winning.
– Dana announced at the post-fight presser that the flyweights will be coming to the UFC on March 3rd, kicking off with a four-man tournament. Helwani was then able to confirm that will land it on the ‘UFC On FX 2’ event which will be taking place in Australia.
– White admits he’s received a heavy backlash from the fans for his firing of Miguel Torres. He says he likes to see the fans stick up for the fighters, but it’s not enough to change his mind. “I have to run a business here, and I’m going to do it the way that I want to do it.”
He has spoken to Torres manager, but not the fighter himself yet. He has no problem doing so though, and points out that he doesn’t think he’s a bad guy.
– Finally, he won’t be drawn on Strikeforce’s future, saying that it still hasn’t been decided yet.