Following last night’s UFC 164 event Dana White spoke with the media about the night’s big talking points.
Read what he had to say below and scroll down to watch the full video for yourselves courtesy of MMAfighting.com.
– White says that some fans through ice and cups into the Octagon after the main event, apparently disgruntled with the abrupt ending to the fight. He says he hates when that happens.
– The attendance wasn’t too impressive in Milwaukee, but White said he had a lot of fun there during fight week. He later praised the fans for being so supportive of their hometown favorites.
– He thinks Josh Barnett has more tools than Frank Mir and had a good gameplan going into this fight, roughing up Mir which is something he doesn’t like. He admits it could have been interesting if it had turned into a submission battle though.
– Dana says Anthony Pettis popped his knee during the fight and it’s now unclear how serious it is. He’s tired of injury problems like this, but it’s just part of the sport.
– Chad Mendes got the KO bonus tonight as a mark of respect given that he’s the first man to ever stop Clay Guida with strikes.
– He’s not sure about Brandon Vera’s future, but doesn’t seem to have a problem with him continuing to compete at heavyweight.
– White thinks that Hyun Gyu Lin looked very impressive in his debut and thinks he’s Korea’s next star.
– He describes the Soa Palelei Vs Nikita Krylov heavyweight fight as embarassing and described it as looking like “a Toughman fight.” He doesn’t think fans should be seeing a sloppy fight like that in the UFC.
– The UFC president isn’t looking for fighter’s to be big personalities and great on the mic – as long as they fight well then they have done their job as far as he’s concerned.
– White thinks we’ll have to wait and see just how well Anthony Pettis will do now, but given that he took out Henderson, who many other great fighters have struggled with, so easily he thinks it confirms that he’s “easily” the baddest lightweight around at the moment.
– He feels that it was the hard body kicks from Pettis that were the beginning of the end for Ben Henderson. He was as surprised as anyone that Pettis won by submission.
– Dana seems to completely shut down the idea of Henderson getting back into the title picture again any time soon if Pettis is still champion given that he’s now 0-2 against him.
– White agrees with the judges that Chico Camus won his fight even though he spent long spells on his back. Nonetheless he has no idea how one judge scored it 30-27 in his favor.
– Despite what he calls some “goofy” moments in the officiating and judging he doesn’t feel like anybody got screwed over. Even with the Frank Mir stoppage which some have claimed came too early he still thinks that Mir was on the road to losing anyway.
– Jamie Varner should have stayed on his feet and tried to finish the fight in the third round rather than go for the takedown.
– If White had to choose the perfect opponent for Jose Aldo right now he believes it’s “100% Anthony Pettis.” He thinks Pettis will be more willing to move down to 145lbs to fight him then Aldo will be to move up in weight.
– He doesn’t want to speculate on Ryan Couture’s future, but he says he likes him, he’s very tough and has a great chin (which he says didn’t come from his “old man” – a dig at Randy Couture). Nevertheless, Couture’s 0-2 now so it doesn’t look good for him. On the other hand he praise Al Iaquinta for fighting very well and showing no sign of ring rust despite having been out for a long time.