Dana White Reveals UFC Championship Road Map

January 24, 2012
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In our give it to me now, I gotta have it yesterday, web-centric society, as soon as a fight is over, everybody always wants to know what’s next.

The standard response from UFC president Dana White is “we’ll see. We’re gonna sit down and figure that out.”

Heading into Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 2 fight card, White already has already sat down and figured out what’s next for two of the promotion’s marquee divisions. Both the UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title pictures have clearly defined paths following the fights in Chicago.

In regards to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he will face the winner of the fight between Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping, likely at a soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this summer… despite what Sonnen believes.

“I think that (the UFC) is sincere. I think that they mean it. But I can tell you that behind the scenes, they’ve tried to put Anderson and me together four times and four times he said no,” Sonnen stated recently, declaring that it is his belief that Silva will never step in the Octagon with him or likely anyone else.

White begs to differ.

“I 100-percent, right here, right now, guarantee you that if Chael Sonnen wins his fight, that Anderson Silva will fight Chael Sonnen this summer,” the UFC pres said in a recent interview for UFC Tonight on Fuel TV. “It will probably take place in Brazil.”

Color Sonnen skeptical. He believes that, if he gets past Bisping, he’ll be sitting down with White to discuss the possibility of moving up to challenge Jon Jones or down to square off with Georges St-Pierre. Of course, with Sonnen, much of what he says comes across as if he’s channeling the Steve Jobs reality distortion field.

The picture has become just as clear for the light heavyweight title picture, but despite what Sonnen might want to believe, it doesn’t include him.

There is no longer speculation as to who Jon Jones will defend his 205-pound division UFC title from; it’s either Option A or Option B.

“If Rashad Evans wins, and if he doesn’t get injured, he will fight Jon Jones,” said White, verifying Option A. “He’s the guy who gets the shot. He’s been waiting a long time, and he’s the one who deserves it.”

Option B is just as concrete. There is no discussion if it will be Phil Davis or Dan Henderson or Chael Sonnen.

“Should Rashad get hurt, then Dan Henderson will fight next.”

He didn’t exactly go on to say when or where Evans or Henderson would get the shot at Jones, but it is all but assured to be at UFC 145 in Atlanta on April 21. UFC 145 was eventually slated for Montreal in March, but that date and location had to be bagged due to lack of a “championship-caliber” headlining bout.

A pay-per-view event in Atlanta will need that same marquee-type of fight and Jones is the only fighter available that fits the bill.

It’s a little bit out of the ordinary for White to be so declarative heading into an event, but UFC on Fox 2 is the promotion’s first full-on foray onto “Big Fox” – the November fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos was but a preview of coming attractions – so this one has to deliver the goods.

What better way to do that than to put two fights with absolute title implications at the top of the bill, launching the winners into the pay-per-view stratosphere?

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  • Jeez, Dana. What happened to “If you ask me for a fight, you’re getting the f**kin’ fight”? If Sonnen doesn’t think Anderson’s going to fight him, let Sonnen ask for GSP or Jones. Shoot, didn’t Sonnen even say he’d go for JDS if he retained after Overeem (if JDS wins of course)?

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  • pooby

    I’ll make an incredibly BOLD prediction: Evans beats Davis but sustains an injury and will be unable to fight Jones.

  • ifighterc

    i am going to make and even BOLDER prediction: Evans wins and when he hast to fight Jones, Jones gets injured so retard Evans gets a taste of his own medicine, which is being injured always

    • Shane

      Actually @ifighterc The first time they were supposed to fight Jones supposedly a hand injury, so it wasn’t on Rashad that time.

    • TKD

      I believe Jones wants to fight Retard Evans. If Retard wins, I think Retard is going to find a way to back out somehow.

  • For once I dont think White should have laid it out like this. He expects an exciting fight for Fox, yet Rashad has been given a reason to try to play it as safe as possible. I hope he is only focused on winning this fight and wont be afraid to let his punches go.

  • how about a roadmap for LW and FW divisions?!

  • Madmaax9

    Nothing new here. We all pretty much knew this ” road map ” already. It just wasn’t clarified if Davis beat Evans, does he get a shot at Jones?

  • Sonnen would be destroyed by Johnny Bones Jones. It would be over in less than a minute. Now I was impressed with Chael against Silva and want the rematch but come on he’s not going to fight Jones at LH.

  • Mma fanatic

    Nobody should fight Jones at LW:) !!!! He will destroy Rashad, Davis,Hendo or Sonnen! He’s gonna be a future HW Champ as well!! IMO