Dana White was a little under the weather last week after a flare up of his Meniere’s Disease, so he didn’t entertain quite as many interviews as usual after UFC 152 on Saturday night, but he still managed to find time to chat with the media following the post-fight press conference.
Check out the keynotes and video below.
– He calls the day when both the main and co-main events for UFC 153 fell through as “The worst day of my life.” He says the biggest achilles heel the company face right now is the constant injuries they’ve had to deal with.
However, he says that the reason he continues to love this sport is the fact that people of Anderson Silva’s stature were willing to step in as replacements at UFC 153 on short notice.
– Despite already dipping below the 1 million viewer mark for it’s latest season debut, Dana continues to claim that The Ultimate Fighter is a home-run for FX since it was the No.1 most watched program in it’s timeslot for 18-34 year-old males.
He also points the finger of blame at Spike TV (or as he now calls them, ‘sPuke TV’) for spreading negativity about their ratings and sticks the boot in further by claiming that they are, “The worst channel in the history of the world.”
– Zuffa are still working on a replacement for Frank Mir against Daniel Cormier for November’s Strikeforce event.
– White wasn’t impressed by Matt Hamill’s performance. He thinks taking a year off wasn’t a good idea for him, and that Roger Hollett could have defeated him if he had engaged more.
– The preliminary section of the card got a big thumbs up from Dana and he hints every one of them will be rewarded for that.
– He thinks both Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen want to fight each other, and while he thinks other fights make more sense, if there’s enough fan demand for it then it could happen at some stage.
– White accuses Bellator of being “dirty scumbags” with the way they deal with their fighter contracts, stopping them from fighting for other promotions even though they don’t plan on using them on their shows either.
– Dana thinks that people will come around to the flyweights in the end, pointing out that nobody thought the lightweight division would become popular either when it was first introduced, yet BJ Penn went on to become one of their biggest ever stars.
– Vitor Belfort will be allowed to do what he wants, whether it’s stay at 205lbs or move back down to 185lbs.
– He hints that if Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson can successfully make weight one more time at 205lbs outside of the UFC then they may welcome him back into the promotion.
– White is pleased to see that boxing seems to be doing well at the moment, and is flattered that they are starting to take on-board some of the ideas like ‘Fight Of The Night’ bonuses that the UFC first introduced.
Of course he couldn’t mention boxing without taking a dig at Bob Arum, calling him “a crusty d*ck”, and is adamant that he won’t try to take pot-shots at boxing like Arum has done at MMA in the past.