Following this evening’ UFC 139 event Dana White hosted the post-fight press conference with a number of the stars of the evening also in attendance.
See our keynotes from the presser below.
– Dan Henderson, ‘Shogun’ Rua and Cung Le are all en-route to the hospital and so won’t be attending the presser.
– Dana White rates Henderson Vs Shogun as one of the top three fights in the history of the sport. He says he has so much respect for both men for digging so deep in a five round war like that.
On his scorecard the fight would have been a draw with Hendo getting the first three and Shogun winning the last two with the last being a 10-8.
– Urijah says his only medical ailment is a cut on his chin. He jokes that his “big chin” always gets in the way.
– Wanderlei Silva was embarassed that he lost so quickly in his last fight by KO. He says this is a “great moment for me,” to get back to winning ways against Cung Le.
White reiterates that like Chuck Liddell, if Silva was to suffer continued KO’s then he would have to talk to him about retirement, and would do so because he respects him and likes him as a person. He seems to indicates that they would have a role for the legendary fighter if he did retire.
– Despite Shogun Vs Henderson being an instant classic White is glad it didn’t appear on the first FOX show as he’s not sure what the mainstream audience would have made of it and that it may have drawn complaints. He thinks Velasquez Vs Dos Santos was the right fight for their first show.
– Martin Kampmann was confident he won his fight with Rick Story, but was worried that he was going to get screwed over by a bad judges decision as in his last fight with Diego Sanchez.
– White reveals that the judges made a genuine mistake scoring the Kampmann – Story fight and that officially it was a unanimous decision victory not a split decision as was originally announced.
– Dana describes this as “a weird transition period” as they prepare to move from Spike to FOX and that is making it difficult to promote events like tonight’s properly.
– Regarding Hendo’s next fight, White isn’t sure what’s next for him and a lot may come down to timing regarding either a title shot at 185lbs or 205lbs. He thinks Hendo will go for whichever one comes up first.
– Chris Weidman believes that Tom Lawlor was unconscious for longer than neccessary before the fight was stopped but doesn’t want to blame the referee for not listening to him when he told him what was going on.
White interrupts though and says he does blame the referee, saying he should have known and stopped the fight sooner.
– Stephan Bonnar says he’s glad he didn’t try to go for a ‘Fight Of The Night’ bonus this evening as there was no way he could top the last two fights.
He’s glad he’s found his rhythm again and has three wins in a row under his belt.
– White confirms that Urijah Faber will get another title shot against Dominick Cruz. Later he also establishes that Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans are also the No.1 contenders in their respective divisions.
– Dana agrees with the decision to stop the Silva – Le fight and says that Le “is busted up right now.”
He believes it was “an awesome fight” and he was impressed with Le’s performance and has a lot of respect for him, particularly given his inactivity in the cage recently.
– Silva confirms he’s aware that he can have “no more falls”, but he’s used to dealing with that pressure since he’s competing in the best organization in the sport.
– Asked if Anderson Silva will headline an as yet unannounced event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, White is somewhat evasive and asks the reporter how they find out this stuff, indicating that it may well be true.
– Silva says the main event was “an unbelievable fight.”
– Silva studied Le’s game a lot, in particular his kicks, and came up with a good gameplan. He’s relieved that it worked.
– Faber feels he’s got a better hold on his weight cut down to 135lbs now. He reveals that he had four weeks during this training camp where he was ill, but he battled through it and only spent three days in bed.
Faber says his “hippie parents” introduced him to healthy eating from an early age and he believes that gives him an edge and will give his career longevity.
– Dana White predicts that they’ll have over 3 million viewers watching TUF on FX given that they are pulling 1.4-1.8 million on Spike for TUF 14 with no promotion.
– White describes the UFC’s schedule for 2012 as “getting ugly” due to the sheer number of events, and believes it’ll be especially tough for him.
He notes that there will be 26 weeks of live fights on TUF alone on FX Friday nights and he’ll then have to fly out to wherever they are holding an event on the Saturday.
– Faber calls on Dana to put him and Cruz as the coaches on the first TUF season on FX. He might be on to something as White had earlier hinted that he had something in mind for the two bantamweight stars title rematch.
Earlier when asked about his impending third fight with Cruz, Faber replied, “This is to find out who’s the man for the rest of our lives…that’s important to me.” He believes he’s tougher than the champion and doesn’t believe Cruz proved anything with his decision win the last time they fought.
– White was impressed with young Michael McDonald’s performance and was glad he proved wrong the fans who complained about his fight being on the Spike TV broadcast.