Last night on UFC Tonight, the entire episode was dedicated to a 1-on-1 interview with UFC President Dana White. The interview was conducted by Ariel Helwani and needless to say, there was more than enough for Mr. White to discuss.
In the interview, White talks about the entire situation involving UFC 151, his current relationship with Jon Jones, a potential super fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre and if there is any chance that Brock Lesnar ever fights Fedor Emelianenko inside the octagon.
This would have been great to watch in its entirety, but unfortunately for those in Canada, we were S.O.L. FUEL TV is still not available in Canada and it doesn’t appear to be any closer to crossing the border. In addition, UFC Tonight has not been picked up by any Canadian stations so unfortunately, you must look to less than legal means to watch any of the UFC programming on FUEL such as UFC Tonight and Ultimate Insider.
Luckily for us fans outside of the U.S., FUEL TV has released a few short clips from the interview. Watch them below and hopefully the seven minutes or so tickles your fancy.
First thing I thought of when I watched this clip is that Dana may still be a little angry about this whole situation. I mean, the card was cancelled nearly two weeks ago and he still can’t escape talking about it. I never agreed with anything Dana said on the media call and I’m glad he actually said that Dan Henderson is partly to blame. But when he says that Jones is the first guy in history to not accept a fight…C’MON MAN?!?!?
Well, Toronto could be interesting. I’m kind of surprised that Dana and Jon haven’t talked yet, but at the same time I’m not at all. You would have to hope that they talk before fight week or that pre fight press conference is going to be extremely awkward, especially with the Toronto media seeing both men sit next to one another. Dana also got philosophical near the end there and he is 100% right. Mistakes happen, although I wouldn’t consider turning down a fight on 8 days notice a mistake.
I agree with Ariel here in that this fight at this point in time makes no sense. GSP has got the likes of Johny Hendricks, Martin Kampmann and Nick Diaz available to him. Silva has got Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman on deck for him too. In addition, a fight at Cowboy’s Stadium could be tough. For an MMA event, I would venture that Cowboy’s Stadium could hold over 100,000 fans. Back in 2010 when the NBA took All-Star weekend there, over 108,000 fans were in attendance. I don’t think the UFC can pull those numbers and it would need to be a massive, UFC 100 level card that would need to be booked to have a shot at a sell out.
Come on people, this fight will never happen. While both Fedor and Brock are retired, I expect both of them to fight again in the near future. One thing can be sure, it won’t be against each other. Fedor does not need money and you can be sure he would only head over to the UFC if he was getting big money. Brock will be back in the UFC I believe and he will get a favourable matchup. He won’t get put up against a good striker with takedown defense. Hell, put him up against Rob Broughton and people will still pay to see him fight.