As usual, Dana White spoke to reporters following today’s UFC 140 press conference about a variety of topics including Strikeforce’s future, Rashad Evan’s Penn State comments, fighters faking injuries, TUF 15, the GSP-Diaz-Condit situation, Mayhem Miller, the flyweight division and of course UFC 140. We have a rundown below along with Ariel Helwani’s interview with Dana White above.
— Dana White confirmed today that Strikeforce is here to stay. He expects a new deal with Showtime to be wrapped up any day now and says just “watch and see” what he does with it.
“It’s staying,” White said of the organization, adding that he hoped to have more information to release on it next week, hinting that big changes might be in the works.
“Just sit and wait and watch what I do. Trust me, it’s going to be just fine. Like I said last time I talked to you guys about this, I’m getting into this and I’m going to handle it. Watch and see.”
“We’ll see what happens,” White said. “I know I keep saying this every week, but that deal should be wrapped up any day now, and then I’ll make the decisions on who goes where and what’s going to happen. So we should know hopefully by Monday.”
Dana’s plans with the organization remain a mystery, but it’s good news for women’s MMA if nothing else.
— Dana White was not a fan of the controversial Jerry Sandusky reference Rashad Evans included in his pre-fight trash talk with Phil Davis at yesterday’s UFC on FOX 2 press conference, but he’s not going to reprimand him for it either. Instead, they just had a talk.
“We talked.” said White, who called Evans’ remark “one of the dumbest things you could say,” in light of the child abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. According to White, he didn’t have to convince Evans that he’d made a mistake in using the story as a topical reference point at the UFC on FOX presser in Chicago yesterday.
“It’s not like I’m dealing with stupid people here,” White said. “It’s one thing when you’re dealing with dummies. When you’re dealing with people who are really stupid, it’s tough to talk to them. But when you call a guy who’s an intelligent guy, he gets it. He knows.”
“The whole thing with me is people are looking to me, and I saw a couple of stupid stories that were written, people who want attention — you know who those people are,” White said. “What do you want me to do? You want me to have our lawyers draw something up and I’ll come out and read it to you guys? You know, he said something stupid. It’s probably one of the dumbest things you could say. He gets it, and he knows it was a stupid thing to say, and we’ll see what happens.”
In his interview with Ariel Helwani, Dana said he was actually more upset with a tweet Miguel Torres sent out yesterday about a “rape van.” I’m not 100% sure what tweet he’s referring to but I think it’s this one and this one.
Jokes on racism, pedifiles, terrorism, & other fucked up things is ok, but some are off limits. What a sensitive world we live in.
If a windowless van was called a surprise van more people wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.
Here’s an idea: If you’re a person with a public presence, how about using a little common sense about what society deems appropriate and steer clear of what isn’t whether you agree or not. It’s really not that difficult.
— Dana White has weighed on the topic of fighters faking injuries following Dan Henderson’s comments about Anderson Silva earlier this week. He says it’s “impossible” to fake an injury in the UFC.
“First of all, just to clear this up, and these guys – Dan Henderson knows it, Chael knows it, and every other fighter that fights in the UFC knows it – you can’t fake an injury,” White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a UFC 140 pre-event press conference in Toronto. “It’s impossible to do. You can’t do it.
“When you say you are injured, we bring you to our doctors, and they check you out, and we find out if you’re injured or not injured.”
Fighters may not be able to “fake” an injury per se, but what’s stopping them from milking one? It seems that’s more of what Hendo was insinuating with Silva.
— Living in the TUF house is going to suck twice as much from now on since cast members will now be required to live in the house for 12 weeks instead of 6.
“It’s bad for six weeks,” he said. “Six weeks is crazy. I can’t even imagine what’s going to happen with 12.”
— Dana White explained their thought process in booking Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit for an interim title after they found out GSP blew out his ACL.
“I know [Georges] is going to be out for 10 months, and it’s been however many months since he fought,” White said. “That thing’s been tied up. What happened to Carlos Condit is unfair. Diaz was the Strikeforce champion. It just made sense.”
“I think what happened with Georges, first of all, was that he was diagnosed wrong,” White said. “If we knew that that was a blown ACL from the beginning, he could have already had the surgery and been recovering this whole time.”
“It’s a big layoff, but what are you going to do?” White asked. “It is what it is. When a guy goes out there and blows his ACL, there’s nothing you can do about it.
“I think that whoever wins that fight (between Condit and Diaz), the belt will be defended at least once before GSP is back.”
— Dana blasted Mayhem Miller’s striking in the TUF 14 Finale at yesterday’s UFC on FOX 2 press conference.
“It was bad. To be honest, and my Twitter’s been blowing up with Mayhem fans blasting me, but facts are facts: It was the worst standup I’ve ever seen in my life. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen standup that bad.”
“I don’t even know what to call it – I’ve seen guys with some ring rust,” White said. “Some of the punches that were thrown by Mayhem Miller in this fight, you can go to a girls Tae Bo class and see better form in standup. It was embarrassing.”
It seems the “Mayhem Monkeys” have come to Miller’s rescue though. Dana told Ariel Helwani that they have been terrorizing him on Twitter ever since he criticized Mayhem’s performance, and while he didn’t say Mayhem will definitely be back, he’s received the message loud and clear that people still want to see Mayhem fight in the UFC. Considering how much Dana prides himself on giving the fans what they want, chances are Mayhem will get another chance.
— Dana confirmed that they are implementing a flyweight division and plans to make a more formal announcement this weekend. He’s not going to force any bantamweights to move down to help build the division, but they are free to make the move themselves if they wish.