Dana White opened up a little more about the Rampage/A-Team situation at the UFC 103 pre-fight press conference. He’s still pissed, and today he gave a few more reasons why.
That third November mystery event that the UFC had planned (which some said was being put together to counter-program Strikeforce)? Not happening thanks to B.A. Baracus.
“Thanks to [expletive] B.A. Baracus, I couldn’t [expletive] pull it off,” White said. “B.A. [expletive] me. The collateral damage that was done by him doing this thing was unbelievable.”
“You have no idea how much collateral damage was done by [Jackson] pulling out of this thing,” White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “It literally screwed up the rest of our year. We’ve got B.J. Penn fighting in Memphis, you know what I mean?”
White then delved into how it all went down. Apparently Dana thought he had talked Rampage out of taking the role, but once he was away from White, Rampage changed his mind and sent his manager all the way from England to break the news. Dana said he couldn’t do a thing about it.
“You can’t make anybody fight,” White said. “I can’t force anybody to fight. You don’t want to fight, then you’re not going to fight. And you don’t want a guy going into it whose head isn’t in to fighting, anyway.
“If you’d rather be on the set of ‘The A-Team,’ then you definitely don’t belong in the octagon.”
As pissed as Dana is and how much this screwed up their plans, they at least stand to gain something from the whole ordeal. The one who doesn’t is Rashad Evans. His big fight has been put on hold and there’s nothing he can do about it but wait or take another fight. Word was he turned down a chance to fight Randy Couture, but apparently that didn’t mean he was against fighting altogether. On today’s episode of ESPN MMA Live, Rashad called out Anderson Silva and sounded pretty damn confident that he could beat him. That fight’s not going to happen either though. Dana said Anderson isn’t as healthy as he led on earlier this week.
“Contrary to whatever the hell [Silva] is saying, he’s not 200 percent healthy,” White said. “He’s having some bone spurs removed from his elbow, which is a simple little procedure that happens, but you’ve got to have recovery time.”
“Brock just had the same thing done,” White said. “He said when they went in there and took it out it was a shark’s tooth. He said it was driving him crazy and he had it taken out.”
As it currently stands, Dana has no idea who Anderson’s going to fight next, but he won’t let him fight Frank Mir or any other heavyweight, and he doesn’t want to see him vacate the title until he’s completely emptied out the division, specifically Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt and possibly Vitor Belfort. While Anderson recovers he hopes to book Hendo-Marquardt, but he doesn’t know if it will materialize.
Allow me to spell out this entire situation in the most simplest of terms. It’s a C-L-U-S-T-E-R-F-*-C-K.
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