As usual, the media spoke to Dana White about a variety of hot topics in the MMA world following today’s UFC 126 pre-fight press conference. Above, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani chats with Dana about UFC 126, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, the dire state of Japanese MMA and the latest setback in New York MMA legislation. A quick rundown of other news and notes below.
— Dana White isn’t sure where the Anderson Silva vs. GSP super fight would take place, if it happens at all, but he says it would be tough not to take it to Canada.
“When you start thinking about an Anderson Silva-GSP fight, you could do that anywhere. But it would be tough not to do the thing in Canada. We could do Canada, and we could do Brazil, too. We could do Las Vegas, and it would be big. We could do Dallas, and it would be big. We could do the Staples Center, and it would be big. There are so many obstacles in the way of this happening. It’s something that’s cool to talk about, but until it becomes a reality, I have no idea what we do or how we do it.”
“This is one of those dream fights. I’d like to do it. If they both win, I think it’s time. As far as their legacies go, it’s huge for both guys.”
— Dana didn’t make any promises but it sounds like the Facebook prelims is going to be a regular thing. He sees it as another step toward television migrating to the internet.
“I’ve always been waiting for the day, and I’ve been saying this for 10 years, that eventually television is all going to the Internet,” White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “You’re going to be watching everything on the Internet. The world is getting smaller and smaller, and everybody is going to be plugged in.
“Like this ‘Kid’ Yamamoto fight. It’s not just people in the U.S. People everywhere have been asking for it. As we have these television deals, people in the U.K. and Australia and all these other countries, they get those other fights, and they wanted this fight, too. Everybody can watch it.”
Dana even thinks that they will eventually be able to show all fights on a card as their distribution channels grow.
That’s my goal. People are so rabid and want to see every fight. Why would I not want to show them every fight? People used to bitch about that. You’ve got to look back when we started this thing. First, DirecTV was the only one that would carry it. Then once we got that taken care of, we had DirecTV, Dish Network and In Demand. That was it. Then we got Spike. As technology continues to grow, there’s more and more ways for me to distribute the content for the people that want to see it. They love to play me as the bad guy. “Oh, he wants to hold back the fights so he can charge us for them somewhere else.” Yeah, OK. I want to get the fights to everybody, if possible. We only have a certain window of time to do it.
— MMA Fighting is reporting that UFC 133 is penciled in for Aug. 6 at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
— MMA Fighting is also reporting that UFC on Versus 5 is possible for August 14 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. They’re hearing that deal has yet to be finalized though. UFC on Versus 4 is expected in June but no word on date and location yet.
— As for this weekend’s main event, Dana White thinks it will either be an epic fight or a boring staring contest.
I’m going to be honest here — I’m not going to be a promoter here, but let’s be honest. This thing could be the most dynamic, incredible (freaking) fight we’ve ever seen — or the worst staring competition in the history of mankind. All I care about is that both these guys come and let it go and fight the fight we know we could possibly see.
Well, if it’s the latter and looks anything like this pic, it’s going to be a pretty badass staring contest.