Versus.com’s Ariel Helwani spoke to Dana White after the WEC 48 pre-fight press conference about all the latest news in MMA. A few notes and quotes:
Dana is definitely holding a grudge against CBS for deciding to go with “fly-by-night” promotions instead of the UFC. If CBS came to him today and said they wanted to move forward with the UFC, he would turn them away. The UFC is no longer interested in working with CBS or the “donkeys” at Showtime who Dana says really run Strikeforce.
“Ask a thousand people this question, a fight breaks out near the Diaz brothers, what do you think is going to happen? Is that a shock to anybody? Really a fight broke out with the Diaz brothers friends and they got involved? That’s weird. Come on, give me a f*cking break.”
“When I took this thing and made it my own personal project, I said from the get-go how we were going to promote this fight…Here’s what’s happened: I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but this thing is everywhere. It’s on Spike TV. The commercials are running on Spike TV. The ‘Countdown’ show is on Spike TV. It’s on MTV2. It’s on Versus. It’s everywhere. That’s how we did it…”This one’s called ‘Aldo vs. Faber.’ I have a whole plan for this whole thing…Honestly, sitting here right now, I can’t say to you guys, ‘You know what? I wish I would have done this,’ or ‘I wish I would have done that.’ On Monday morning when those numbers come in, I’m not going to look back and say, ‘You know what? I should have done this.’ I [expletive] did everything I needed to do for this card and for this pay-per-view, and we’ll see what happens…The timing is right for me. Emotionally and mentally for me right now, this fight is really good for me. We’ll find out if the timing is right for people as far as pay-per-view goes.”