Following the UFC’s final event of 2012, Dana White sat down to speak with the media about a number of different topics.
Read the keynotes from their conversation below and scroll down to watch the full video.
– Dana thought Cain Velasquez looked “incredible” and was very impressed that he was able to consistently take Dos Santos down and keep him their given that the former champion had only spent 13 seconds on his back during the rest of his career.
– His biggest regret about the fight is that it wasn’t on ‘UFC On FOX 1’ instead of JDS’s 64 second KO.
– As far as incoming Strikeforce heavyweight star Daniel Cormier goes, White would like to see a fight between him and Jon Jones, and has “so much respect” for both men that he’d be ok with it if they wanted to fight either at 205lbs or heavyweight.
Later in the interview he admits that Cormier could be the next in line to fight Jones.
– Jon Anik stepped in for Mike Goldberg as the main commentator at UFC 155 and White says Goldberg is going to be out for a while and he’s not sure when he’ll be back. He didn’t give a reason though and quickly changed the subject suggesting their might be more too it than he’s willing to talk about right now.
– White admits the main event could have been the most one-sided fight for a title contender against a champion in UFC history. He didn’t think JDS was going to last the full five rounds.
– With a couple of significant 185lb contenders like Tim Boetsch and Alan Belcher losing at UFC 155, White seems to indicate that Michael Bisping is now in an even stronger position to earn the No.1 contender spot. He has to get past Vitor Belfort first though and White says that’s a tough fight for him and if he can do it then he’d deserve the shot.
If Silva Vs Bisping does happen he doesn’t expect it to take place in the UK.
– If all goes the way he’d like it too Dana hopes to see Anderson Silva fight Jon Jones after another three fights.
– Dana confirms that Anderson Silva looks set to sign a 10-fight deal to continue fighting with the UFC.
– He thinks the first two fights on the main card were “horrendous…I was going to throw a chair in there!”
As for Costa Philippou, White says beating Tim Boetsch was “big for him”.
– White thinks a trilogy fight with Velasquez and Dos Santos would be “awesome” and he definitely wants to see it, especially due to the outcome of the first two encounters between them.
– Mike Tyson was cage-side for the event and Dana reveals that his opinion on the fights was similar to many others – he was bored with the first three fights on the main card, but “loved” the main and co-main event.
– White is not sure whether Josh Barnett will move over from Strikeforce to the UFC, but he says we’ll find out one way or the other soon.
As for Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez, he plans to speak to him about his future in the UFC and he believes he could walk straight into a title shot.
– Despite his differences with Todd Duffee in the past the UFC president still believes he has “great potential.”
– White appears receptive to the idea of Nate Marquardt coming back to the UFC from Strikeforce.
– He believes it’s “digusting” what’s happened to Strikeforce’s fighters over the past 8 months or so.
– The UFC plans to go everywhere they can in Brazil and has “som fun stuff” lined up in that market that he’s excited about.
– White can’t believe that a judge gave Melvin Guillard a 30-27 scorecard in a fight he clearly lost. He says it’s “scary” that someone actually thought that was the way the fight actually went. He thinks the Athletic Commission should be embarassed about it and describes it as “unacceptable” that this could happen in the fight capital of the world.
– With a recent record of 1-4 White says he’s unsure whether Melvin Guillard will be cut from the UFC or not. However, despite four straight losses Leonard Garcia won’t be cut due to the close nature of his fight. He admits there is a point where they will have to cut him regardless of whether he’s a fun fighter to watch or not.
On the other he says if he could he’d like to cut some of the fighters who win, but only doing so by repeatedly pushing their opponents up against the cage.
– White waxes lyrical about the UFC’s relationship with FOX yet again and say he’s loves the fact they have long term plans for the sport. He was also happy with the recent ‘Road To The Octagon’ special on FOX which the UFC produced.
– White expects Nick Diaz to attend all the press conferences in the lead-up to his fight with GSP.
– He won’t commit to what’s next for the winner of Cerrone Vs Pettis in January since Melendez looks like getting the next title shot at 155lbs.
– Jamie Varner wants to fight Joe Lauzon next, but White doesn’t think that makes sense since Varner won and Lauzon lost.
– ‘Rampage’ Jackson has always said he’ll leave the UFC after the last fight on his deal in January, but White’s not ruling out the possibility that he might changed his mind, admitting he’s just never sure where he stands with the former champion.
– White’s goal is that for their 20th anniversary next year in November that they’ll be hosting an event in New York at the MSG. Of course the sport would still have to be legalized their first so it’s a long way from being a done deal.
He does have a fight in mind if they could pull it off though, but he won’t be drawn on what it is.