A few notes from Dana White’s interview with Ariel Helwani and the media following the UFC 141 pre-fight press conference…
— Many have criticized the UFC of not having any kind of social media policy in place for its fighters following the Miguel Torres firing-rehiring incident. Dana White however has no plans to implement one.
“Social media is real,” White said. “It’s not going anywhere. It’s the future. It’s going to be the biggest thing the world has ever seen. It’s only getting bigger, and everybody is getting into it. There’s always going to be somebody who’s offended or has an agenda and is going to say something, but I think we do a pretty good job of siphoning out the [expletive] and what’s real.”
“Things are going to happen, and things are going to be said in the heat of the moment,” White said. “It’s going to happen. … But when you;re sitting home on your couch, eating [expletive] Fritos and [expletive] around on Twitter, I want you to really think – think – about what you’re going to say and you’re going to Tweet.”
— The Nate Diaz-Donald Cerrone staredown incident may help hype the fight and show, but Dana White wasn’t happy that they actually laid hands on each other.
“There’s going to be times when heated stuff happens,” he said. “I’m not happy that Nate slapped Cerrone’s hat off today. I don’t like the guys touching each other [before the fight]. That’s why I’m standing there. I’m not there to mug up into the camera. I’m there to make sure that [expletive] doesn’t happen. I didn’t do my job today, apparently.”
— Dana White revealed today that Frank Mir was in fact on standby in case Alistair Overeem didn’t pass his drug tests.
“Mir was our backup plan,” he said. “And sometimes, yeah, I have to lie to you.”
“Lie is a big word,” White said. “You never know. You know how I am. You ask me questions, and I’ll tell you the answers. But there are some times that I have to do what I have to do.”
— Jon Fitch is officially back “in the mix” if he beats Johny Hendricks at UFC 141.
“Jon Fitch is back at the top of the 170-pound division,” White said today. “We’ve got some fights to make for GSP, and Fitch is in there.”
“I have no problem with Jon Fitch; he’s a nice guy. He’s a good guy, he’s a great fighter, I’ve got no problem with him whatsoever.”
When talking to Ariel Helwani though, Dana added that Jon Fitch needs to be honest with himself and have a “reality check” when he complains about not getting the kind of opportunities or attention that other fighters do with inferior records. Bottom line, people have to want to see him fight and not many people do.
— Below, video of Dana White and Miguel Torres talking about his reinstatement via MMA Fighting.