As always Dana White had plenty to say post-fight after an entertaining night of fights at WEC 48: Aldo Vs Faber.
Read below as we offer up the highlights of his thoughts on a variety of different matters with Ariel Helwani for versus.com.
Overall impressions of the event: “I’m happy with it. I think it was a great event. Obviously the fights that started of on Spike were awesome and it’s always good when you put free fights on and they literally kick ass. And then the whole card we were pumped – the arena was packed, we did a huge gate here, and I couldn’t be happier with the evening.”
Comparison Of Garcia Vs Jung To Bonnar Vs Griffin: “Yeah, but even better – it was an even better fight. I mean it was non-stop, these guys were hitting each other with big bombs. Both guys were hurt, both guys were tired and just kept fighting through it. It was an incredible fight, it’s one of the best fights I’ve ever seen.”
Garcia Vs Jung Impact On PPV Sales: “I don’t know, but you know what, I truly believe when we get the numbers on Monday, the quarter hours are going to keep going up during that fight because people were picking up the phone and calling just like they did with Bonnar and Griffin, and I’m sure it had a…I’m sure it had a decent impact on it.”
On Urijah Faber’s importance to the WEC: “I think Urijah Faber is a piece of what makes this whole thing successful. He’s a great fighter, he’s a great spokesman for the sport, people love him, he’s got that ‘it’ thing that people like, but there’s tons of guys here that people like to see fight – we just have to get in there and expose people to them. No different to the early days of the UFC when everybody knew who Tito was and nobody else.”
On the challenges ahead for Jose Aldo: “We’ll have to sit back and look at what we do next, you know, pay-per-view wise and free TV, but the thing about a talented guy like him is he can move around and do a lot of different things, and he’s shown an interest in moving down a weight-class – winning that title and then possibly going to 155lbs.”
On whether Aldo will end up in the UFC: “I don’t know, that’s a good question too. If your talking about a kid that’s pound for pound one of the best in the world, I’d probably move him up and fight whoever the champion is in the UFC.”
On Mike Brown’s Personal Issues: “I hate talking about this kind of stuff because I don’t like to take anything away from Manny Gamburyan who went out there and knocked him out tonight and looked great doing it, but before the fight started I was sitting next to Jake Shields and Mark Dellagrotte and both guys said to me he might lose tonight.
“He’s got a lot of personal problems – his girlfriend broke up with him, he’s skipped camp for like 14 days, you know he’s got some personal problems that he’s dealing with right now…and this isn’t basketball or baseball man. You don’t lose and go, ah, it’s alright we’ve still got 130 games left this year so we’re good. Fighting you know, your only as good as your last fight and you have to be physically and mentally and emotionally ready every time you go in there, and I don’t think that was the case with him tonight. So the question that I got asked earlier is, where do I think he stands? I think he’s one of the best in the world, he’s got some personal problems right now and I’m sure he’ll be back once he sorts them out.”
On Jake Shields Appearance At WEC 48: “Yeah, we were just hanging out watching some fights [smiles] He’s got a contract with the knuckleheads for another 45-60 days and then he’s in the open market.”
Watch Dana’s post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani for yourself below…
Dana White Post-Fight Interview With Ariel Helwani:
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