Following last night’s UFC On FX 1 card Ariel Helwani had a chance to speak to Dana White to get his assessment of the show.
Check out the keynotes from their conversation below and scroll down to watch the full interview for yourselves courtesy of Fuel TV.
– White was full of praise for the fighters, saying it was a great night of fights and that the UFC is on a streak of over a dozen main card fights that have delivered for the promotion.
“I could not be happier, I could not be more excited – I love it.”
– Dana was impressed by Jim Miller’s toughness, managing to weather an early storm from Melvin Guillard.
He then confirms that Miller is now “back in the mix” at 155lbs after the victory.
– White is baffled by Guillard and questions his mental attitude and notes that he didn’t like that he was joking around at the weigh-ins.
“I’m waiting for this kid to take things serious.”
– White credits Pat Barry for being, “one of the most exciting heavyweights out there,” regardless of whether people like his fighting style or accuse him of being a “one trick pony.”
– Moving on to next weekend’s UFC On FOX 2 show, White says it was “a no-brainer” to put on a Chael Sonnen Vs Michael Bisping fight after Mark Munoz pulled out injured during the week as both fighters are in a position to earn a title shot against Anderson Silva in the summer if they are victorious.
White adds that he also tried to give fans what they wanted by putting Demain Maia in with Rousimar Palhares, but he confirms that Palhares turned it down as was “banged up” and so they opted for Chris Weidman instead.
– Chael Sonnen again stated yesterday that he believes Anderson Silva won’t fight him again. Dana disagrees.
“I 100% guarantee you right here and now that if Chael Sonnen wins that fight, Anderson Silva will fight Chael Sonnen.”
He also says that the fight would “probably” take place in Brazil, but that it isn’t confirmed yet.
In a somewhat bold statement White also claims that he’s not concerned for Sonnen’s safety there as “for as many Brazilian’s that hate Chael Sonnen, there’s a lot that like him too.”
As for potentially having the bout in the UK if Bisping wins, White categorically states that it would be a much bigger fight in Brazil since they could potentially fill out a soccer stadium and have tens of millions of fans watching it on TV there.
“Remember all the stuff I used to say about Canada? Brazil wins. Brazil is the new mecca of mixed martial arts.”
– As long as Rashad Evans gets past Phil Davis in the main event and doesn’t get injured then he’ll get the next title shot at light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
White also confirms that if Evans were to get hurt in this fight or Davis beats him then it would “probably be Dan Henderson” who fights for the title.
– According to White the first episode of ‘UFC Primetime: Diaz Vs Condit’ which aired on FX following the event was “fascinating” and he adds that in all his years of being in the fight business he’s “never come across an intriguing, mysterious character like Nick Diaz.”
– White acknowledges that Diaz isn’t dealing with having cameras following him around all the time too well, but at the same time he’s doing a good job of opening up on the show. Nevertheless he confesses that they are having to work on him slowly and that he’s completely different to deal with than anybody else they’ve filmed for the Primetime series.
He doesn’t believe that Diaz actions such as failing to show up for press conferences is a sign of immaturity, it’s just the way he’s built. “He doesn’t act or react like anybody else. He’s a different animal.”
– GSP has been texting Dana every day to update him on his rehab from knee surgery and according to the UFC president his recovery “couldn’t be going better” and that he believes he’ll be back sooner than the doctor’s have anticipated…possibly even as early as the summer.
Apparently St.Pierre texted Dana during the fight’s tonight to say that he’s “praying that Nick Diaz wins that fight”. White has never seen the welterweight champion hate somebody, but he’s certain that he hates Nick Diaz.