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Dana White Q&A: GSP-Silva, Pettis-Guida TUF 13 Finale, Machida ‘Must Win’ Fight, Rampage ‘Next In Line’

Dana White had some interesting things to say at yesterday’s Fight for the Troops Q&A. Here’s a quick rundown…

— Dana said the long-awaited Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre super fight is next if Silva beats Vitor Belfort and GSP gets past Jake Shields. He feels both will have cleaned out their divisions at that point. He mentioned GSP’s plans to move up to middleweight permanently when he does make that jump, but I wonder if GSP’s willing to do it this year? It will be interesting to see how those negotiations play out if they both win.

— Dana confirmed a rumored lightweight bout between Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida. He didn’t mention a date, but MMA Junkie is reporting the fight will headline the TUF 13 Finale.

— Tito Ortiz isn’t the only big name in the light heavyweight division who’s in a must-win situation. Dana White said Lyoto Machitda needs to beat Randy Couture to keep his spot on the UFC roster.

“He’s had two losses in a row,” White told the troops. “Right after he won the title, (UFC on-air analyst Joe) Rogan said this is ‘The Machida Era,’ and I thought so too. Then Shogun beat him, and then he just lost to Rampage. Now he’s fighting Randy Couture in Toronto – and this is a must-win for him.”

— As for the other end of the light heavyweight division, Dana said Rampage Jackson is probably next in line for a title shot.

“(The light heavyweight) division is interesting,” White said. “There’s so many guys at 205, (but) Rampage is probably next in line. Rampage is still in the mix. You’ve got Jon Jones fighting Bader, which is going to be a great fight that catapults one of those guys into the top five. The big problem with the 205-pound division has been, Shogun’s injury has been clogging up the division. So now he’s healthy and gonna fight, and we’re getting everything rolling here.”

Dana didn’t mention it, but he’ll presumably have to beat Thiago Silva at UFC 130 to get a rematch with either Shogun Rua or Rashad Evans.

Note on Fight for the Troops prelims: The Facebook stream will start at 7PM ET/4PM PT tonight to show four prelim fights instead of two. Fights scheduled:

  • Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie
  • DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Guymon
  • Mike Brown vs. Rani Yahya
  • Waylon Lowe vs. Willamy Freire

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