UFC president Dana White sat down with Ariel Helwani for an in-depth one-on-one interview on UFC Tonight Tuesday.
White talked about a number of subjects, including the decision to cancel UFC 151, his relationship with Jon Jones, and a potential super-fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre.
Below is a quick recap of the episode:
On UFC 151 being cancelled:
I had my moment where I was upset. One of the things that I like is our consistency. We’ve never cancelled an event. People don’t realize the collateral damage that goes on and how many people are depending on these events to go on. This (was) the first time we’ve ever cancelled one, so that’s a little emotional.
On the amount of money lost by cancelling UFC 151:
We spent $2 million in advertising. It’s a business and I have to deal with it. Every day when I wake up, bad things are going to happen and I’ve got to deal with them. You think we wanted to cancel the first event ever? No way in hell.
White on his relationship with Jones, the current UFC light heavyweight champion:
We haven’t talked since the incident. I’ve got no animosity towards Jones. We’ll find out how our relationship is as we move on.
In more upbeat news, White said that a potential Silva-GSP bout is close to happening:
I think we’re pretty close. If Georges beats (Carlos) Condit, that could be the next fight. These guys want to fight each other now. They’d probably do the fight at 180 (pounds). If that happens, it’ll probably be at Dallas Texas stadium.