Saturday’s UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 event helped push the UFC to another level, and White confirmed that the card did exactly what the promotion was hoping for during the post-fight press conference.
“This is absolutely the biggest event we’ve ever done,” White said.
The numbers released by the Nevada Athletic Commission back that up. The commission, which will have exact numbers likely in the coming days, said the event drew 15,016 people for a gate of $7 million. That makes it the top draw at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in terms of UFC events.
White also shot down any talk of the knee by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event against Chael Sonnen as being illegal, and confirmed his previous words of Silva being the best fighter in the world.
“He’s our Mike Tyson. The guy is unstoppable, unbeatable,” White said (thanks to MMA Junkie for the quote). “Now it’s like, ‘Who can challenge him?’”
One person who many want to see face Silva is UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. However, White mentioned that each time Silva competed at 205, it was at the request of the UFC and not “The Spider,” making it unlikely that the two ever lock up.
White also made a push to try and get Cung Le to fight for a second time this year. The brash boss believes Le competing on the China card in November would be perfect.
Le topped Patrick Cote for his first career UFC victory Saturday night. While the 40-year-old said he wants to take some time off, he did seem interested in competing in Asia. Le was born in South Vietnam and is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion.