In one of the most intriguing episodes of Inside MMA, Dana White makes an appearance to talk on the hot subjects currently circulating the MMA community.
The always candid UFC president was willing to admit he was emotional in his announcement of the first UFC cancelled event under his watch, but still stands by his comments.
“Let me tell you the way I look at it. In 12 years, we never had to cancel an event. We always delivered the show, and I was proud of that. But, all good runs and streaks come to an end, and that one came to an end. Now we need to get on another 12 year run. The thing that really bummed me out would be breaking the streak. I honestly never thought we’d ever have to cancel a show. The Thursday night, the week of the show, I went to dinner at The Mandalay Bay, and there were so many people in town. Yes, you could have refunded your tickets, but so many people got cheap flights, the cheapest flights you could get, and they got their rooms, and they couldn’t get out of that. So, they still took the trip to Vegas. The collateral damage of cancelling an event like that is bigger than people even realize.”
White looks to be cooling down on his anger towards champ Jon Jones after refusing a fight. Instead White posts the majority of the blame on Jones’ head coach, Greg Jackson.
“I think I was open and honest and a little emotional, when it first went down, and, I’ll tell ya, Greg Jackson told him, ‘If you take this fight, it’ll be the biggest mistake you ever make in your whole career.’ Every time I say it, I laugh. No disrespect to Chael Sonnen, but it’s the most insane thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Jon and I will talk, and we’ll figure this thing out.”
Everyone knows that MMA officiating needs help, and White would be the first to admit that there needs to be changes. Adding instant replay as we see in other professional sports is agreed to be a good idea by White himself. If that is truly how he feels, we can expect the UFC promotions to be looking into working on this with the local commissions.
“I’m with you on the instant replay. Every other major sport has instant replay. Fighting needs to do it. Especially with how bad the officiating has been: judges and reffing. Instant replay — that’s it. They got this thing with combat sports, these athletic commissions have this thing where it’s like, once a guy makes a decision, it can’t be overturned. It’s insane! Guys are gonna make a mistake! You can’t be at all the angles. You can’t see everything. This sport is so young. There’s a lot of guys that are unqualified to ref and judge this sport. Instant replay makes sense, and it’d be awesome, because the thing that people don’t understand is, once you make a decision, and it’s a bad call, that’s this guy’s life…forever. It’s a career changer. You make a mistake in a baseball game, and there’ll be 190 more opportunities to make up for it. They’ll be okay! You make a mistake in fighting, and it hurts this guy immensely.
It has to get better. If it doesn’t, everybody’s in trouble. I consistently call people out, and we’re doing everything we can to try and stop this from happening. I think it’s one of the worst things that can happen, if a guy loses a fight, that didn’t really lose that fight. It effects their money. It effects everything. I mean, Jon Jones has a loss on his record that isn’t right. That wasn’t a loss. He should be undefeated right now. We should be able to go out and promote Jon Jones as the undefeated, undisputed Light Heavyweight champion, but we can’t, because there was a guy reffing a fight that didn’t belong there.”
The fans have called for champ Jon Jones versus champ Anderson Silva, but have been shot down by both fighters as a fight they would never agree to as they are ‘friends.’ White makes some interesting points as he reminds us that Jones and Rashad said they would never fight, and even further to say that Silva versus St-Pierre is still on the horizon.
“So, here’s how this whole thing has gone down, and you guys have seen it play out. Anderson and ‘GSP’ were talking like they didn’t wanna fight. Now, if St. Pierre beats Carlos Condit, he’s saying he wants to fight Anderson, and Anderson is saying he wants to fight him. So, that fight will probably happen first. Now, Anderson and Jones are saying, ‘We don’t wanna fight. We’re buddies.’ But, he didn’t wanna fight Rashad Evans either, and that happened. So, as you start to get to a point where Anderson is, in his career — he’s beat everyone. He’s broken every record in the UFC. If he beats Georges St. Pierre, I guarantee you he’ll be eyeballing Jon Jones next.”