Dana White called in during Versus’ The Daily Line to preview UFC on Versus 2.
Despite all the hype around Jon Jones, Dana says not to overlook Vladimir Matyushenko this weekend. He stressed that Matyushenko’s a legitimate test for Jones, and even if Jones wins, he’s still “probably a year” away from a title shot.
“Once [Jones] breaks into that top eight, you’re talking Shogun Rua, you’re talking [Lyoto] Machida, you’re talking Rampage Jackson, you’re talking Rashad Evans, you’re talking all the best guys in the world right now. He’s got a long way for a title shot. It’s gonna take a while. He’s gotta knock off some serious competition.”
Dana also seems to think it’s time to put Yushin Okami in the title picture if he beats Mark Munoz, something a contingent of fans have been calling for for quite awhile.
“Winning this fight would be big. I say it all the time, Yushin Okami is one of the best 185lb’ers in the world and has been for a while. This guy’s due for a title shot.”
If Anderson Silva is going to stay at middleweight, he’s going to need challengers (assuming he doesn’t slip). After Sonnen and Belfort, who better than Okami?