UFC President Dana White Didn’t Tell Fighters to Say Chris Weidman Could Upset Anderson Silva

July 10, 2013
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Dana White UFC Fan Expo 2013-LogoUFC president Dana White is often accused of being the Vince McMahon of mixed martial arts.

He doesn’t so much mind the comparison to McMahon when it comes to being one of the greatest promoters in the world, but he immediately shoots down any notion that he coaxes his fighters into public personas like McMahon’s scripted professional wrestling promotion.

Numerous fighters – like UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre – predicted that Chris Weidman would upset Anderson Silva at Saturday’s UFC 162 in Las Vegas, and he did.

So many fighters were either picking Weidman for the win or at least endorsing his skill set as a “bad match-up” for Silva that calls rang out across the net that UFC officials were pressing their fighters to say Weidman had more than just a chance.

“I saw a ton of this (expletive) on the internet, like we were getting the fighters to say, like we were playing up this whole thing on how fighters were saying this guy could beat Anderson Silva,” White recounted in a UFC 162 post-fight scrum with reporters.

He refuted such assertions, pointing out that, not only does he not have that kind of influence over his fighters, but that most of them would publicly call him to task for suggesting it.

“First of all, half of them wouldn’t (expletive) do it,” explained White. “Second of all, if I could talk some of them into it, the first thing they’d say when they were (expletive) pissed at me is, ‘Do you know what he (expletive) did? He made us go out and say that we thought Chris Weidman was gonna win.’

“We don’t tell anybody to do anything.”

That’s not wholly true. White admitted there is some instruction given to his fighters, but it’s not in the form of specifically what to say in regards to promoting their fights or others.

“You know what I tell you to do? You gotta do PR on Tuesday, you gotta go over here and do radio on Thursday, you gotta sign your contract, don’t swear on free TV. All this (expletive), I do tell them to do,” he continued.

“The other thing I never do, I never call a guy and say, ‘Listen, you need to start talking some (expletive) okay?’

“There’s gonna be fights where guys talk (expletive), and there’s gonna be fights when guys start hugging and loving each other. Do I love that? No, but it is what it is.”

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  • tyrone

    I said weidman would win first fight by ko and weidman will win rematch with some gnp.

    • Kris-tyahn

      I also picked Weidman to win by TKO/GnP or submission, not by Standing KO! I also have Weidman in a rematch! He’s going to be a lot better 2nd time around, no ring rust no shoulder rehab and not nearly as much pressure as Silvas going to have on his shoulders. Silva cannot afford a close fight, let alone a 2nd loss to “the kid” who only has 10 pro fights!!! Anything but an impressive finish by Silva will tarnish his legacy, some.

  • Sarcastic Walrus

    Yes, because if Dana White did tell them, he would totally admit to it after the fight.

  • artofanarchy1

    the hype was ridiculous before the fight, everyone and his dog thought Silva would annihilate Weidman… White got fighters to hype fight after they signed confidentiality agreement.. Dana’s defense is as shifty as a bag o’ wet mickys..

  • Asa

    Lol these ppl.are crazy! Like dana said theyd snitch him out first possed off chance they get. You dont become a great buisness man.by making bad buisness moves, and going up to guys trying to make them sell chris would be a dangerous move. If someone says no then whar? Now they know what your up too, and the pplthat say yes, what happens ig you cut them or piss them of? They know. Its too risky to try todo and dana is too smart for that crap. Cmon folks get real. Oh and silva threw the fight huh haha. Didnt tap to the knee bar, hed rather be knocked out cold lol. I swear these ppl dont think enough, or think too much.

  • David Luu

    Silva will win on the rematch and he won’t dive a 2nd time. after winning the belt he’ll drop it and leave it vacant because he doesn’t want carry the belt anymore because there’s bigger plans for him in place.

  • DamianCross

    Dana sold a deaf guy as a legitimate contender and the fans bought it. He doesn’t need other fighters to help him at all.