Following last night’s UFC 161 event in Winnepeg, Dana White spoke to the media about all the big talking points resulting from the evening’s fights.
Read our keynotes from the conversation below and scroll down to watch the full post-fight scrum for yourselves.
– Dana’s still willing to sign Roy Nelson to a new contract despite his loss last night. He says while he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with him, he still respects him as a fighter.
Regarding the fact that Nelson had turned down a contract extension prior to the fight, White jokes that Nelson, “Ain’t going to be winning any spelling bees any time soon – not the smartest man you will ever meet.”
– As for Stipe Miocic, White’s not sure if he’ll make it to the top of the heavyweight division, but says he certainly has the tools to make a go of it.
– White doesn’t think people relate to Nelson because of the way he looks so much as due to the way he’s able to knock people out and the fact that he’s a bit of a rebel within the UFC.
– Dana’s not convinced moving to middleweight is a viable option for Rashad Evans, pointing out that he looked in great shape for this fight and lean at 206lbs.
– He gives James Krause respect for making his way back to the UFC after a brief, unsuccessful stint on TUF: Live. Not only did he win impressively last night, but he won two bonuses as well which has only happened a few times before. Dana thinks it’s a good story.
– White claims he’s never had a problem with Jon Fitch and doesn’t hate him. He did feel that Fitch was on the downside of his career which appeared to ring true when Fitch was choked out by Josh Burkman at WSOF 3 on Friday night. However, he doesn’t claim any credit for that hunch since he confesses that while he didn’t think he could still make an impact in the UFC, he did believe he’d go to World Series Of Fighting and win the title.
– White was very unhappy with Steve Mazzagatti’s refereeing failure to stop the Fitch fight quickly after he was choked unconscious. He points out that holding a guillotine choke for too long is much worse and more dangerous than doing so on a rear-naked choke.
Dana feels that Mazzagatti is dangerous due to his incompetence, but he doesn’t think that the commission will do anything about it.
– Anthony Pettis visited the UFC’s doctor and was told he’d be out for six weeks due to his knee injury. Pettis has since visited a doctor where he lives who thinks he’ll only need three weeks, but White’s doesn’t believe in that second opinion. He will fly him back out to Las Vegas to have another doctor check him out, but he’s in no hurry to rush Pettis back into the Octagon. He’d rather he heal up first, even although White himself is disappointed that the fight with Aldo isn’t going ahead as planned.
– Pettis could fight for either the lightweight or featherweight title when he returns. Meanwhile, White says that featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas is in an unfortunate spot being so close to a title shot, but not quite getting it so far. His upcoming fight with The Korean Zombie has now been canceled, but Dana says he’ll get his show money regardless of whether they are able to make an alternative fight for him or not at UFC 162.
– Dana refuses to talk about Randy Couture.
– Praetorian have recently been banned from being a UFC sponsor, though no official reason had been given why up until now. White reveals for the first time that the reason is that they owe the UFC a lot of money.
– Dana thinks that Vitor Belfort has been given too hard a time over his TRT usage.