Quotes Galore: Dana White talks UFC 151, Jon Jones, Silva vs. GSPPosted on September 5, 2012, 10:04 AM by Anton Gurevich
UFC President Dana White appeared on Fuel TV's UFC Tonight, sharing his thoughts on a wide array of topics. White discussed the behind the scenes of UFC 151 cancellation, the future of Jon Jones inside the Octagon, and the potential superfight between Anderson "The Spider" Silva and Georges "Rush" St. Pierre.
Speaking about the event that never happened, White admitted that Dan Henderson also carries a certain degree of responsibility for not giving his employee an adequate amount of time to find a replacement. White remained silent on whether the UFC should've presented a stronger main card line-up, instead of putting all their eggs in one basket with Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson title fight:
"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 who are depending on these events to go on. Not just the fighters and the UFC. So many other people who work for, and are invested, in these shows and this is the first time we’ve ever cancelled one, so that’s a little emotional.
Dan Henderson knew two weeks before the fight. Two weeks before he told me he was injured, he knew. And if he had given me those two weeks, like he should have, this fight might have happened."
UFC President also declared he's in no beef with his promotion's reigning Light Heavyweight champ Jon "Bones" Jones. White spoke about Jones in a somewhat cliché "we all make mistakes" manner, also stating that he still considers him "a phenomenal fighter":
"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. This thing is a little weird. It’s never happened before. Jon is a young guy and he’s made mistakes that young people make. Who doesn’t at his age? If I went back to being 23 years old with a ton of fame and a ton of money, that’s when you make all your mistakes. The great thing about making your mistakes in your 20s is by the time you’re established yourself in your late 20s and 30s, you’ve already made all your mistakes and you can conduct yourself the way you should.
I give Jon Jones a lot of slack. The guy is young. I’m never going to tell you because Jon Jones didn’t fight in 151 that he’s a terrible fighter. He’s a phenomenal fighter. Anyone who’s watched the UFC long enough and knows my personality, they know how I am. I’ve dealt with the baddest dudes in the world for the last 12 years and that’s what I like doing. I like fighters. I like how they think. They can be a little hard to deal with, but that’s part of the game."
Finally, Dana White once again proved that the Ultimate Fighting Championship are serious about making Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre superfight. The to hold the biggest fight in UFC history would be the 50,994-capable Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, which was originally planned to host the heavyweight blockbuster between Fedor Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar:
"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. If that fight happens, it’ll probably be at Dallas' Texas Stadium." He brought up that Silva wanted to drop to 170 at one point and "take" GSP's title, but that if GSP was go up to 185 pounds, it would be a permanent move per GSP."
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