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Dana White Calls GSP vs. Diaz Reports ‘Bullshit’, Sheds a Tear for Chael Sonnen


Despite recent rumors that Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz are slated to face off at UFC 140 — and were the most likely candidates to coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter — UFC president Dana White wants to make it clear that it ain’t happening. As he tells travel-size interviewer Megan Olivi in a new interview (quotes via FightOpinion):

That fight is not a done deal and I guarantee you that those two will not be coaches, not even close. All this stuff that’s out there about that fight and the meeting that we had here is all bullshit.”

Asked if GSP vs. Diaz would be happening at the UFC’s return to Montreal in December, DW responded with a simple “no.” Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that the UFC has denied a report just so they could announce it themselves later — but at the very least, relying on Nick Diaz to coach TUF for an entire season seems like way too much to ask, when he can’t even get through an eight-minute interview without threatening to slap somebody.

Later in the interview, Dana shared his thoughts on Chael Sonnen, whose livelihood was recently taken away when the California State Athletic Commission upheld his indefinite suspension:

MEGAN OLIVI:All right, let’s talk about Chael Sonnen. What’s his status in the UFC right now?

DANA WHITE:I’m pretty bummed out about the Chael Sonnen thing and the way that the whole thing was handled. You know, this guy… I don’t know if there’s ever been a penalty laid down, I mean Tyson, I think when Tyson bit the ear, Tyson got a year. Um… it’s pretty crazy.”

MEGAN OLIVI:You know, he said that you told him if he can’t licensed, he has to retire. Is there any truth to that?

DANA WHITE:Um… listen, it’s not that he’d have to retire, but right now was his opportunity. This kid had the opportunity to coach The Ultimate Fighter, he had the opportunity to get a big fight set up, should he win that fight… everybody knows what happened with Anderson Silva, this was a key moment in this kid’s career and me, personally, you know, you’ve heard me say it for the last almost 11 years, we always support whatever the athletic commission says… This kid got, this kid got it stuck to him, man. He paid his dues in every way, shape and form and, uh… I think he’s been treated a bit unfairly.”

Allow us to state the obvious: Chael Sonnen was just caught in another lie. As he said during his last hearing: “If I don’t get my license today I’m effectively retired. That came from the boss, Dana White.” Well, not exactly, unless you have a very loose definition of “effectively retired.” Because it sounds like White really wants Sonnen competing again Yes, despite Chael’s lies about his unapproved testosterone therapy, and despite his conviction for mortgage fraud, White wants him on the team. We feel some sympathy for Sonnen missing out on such huge career opportunities, but to say that he’s “paid his dues in every way, shape and form” still seems like an exaggeration at this point.

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dillweed- May 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm
oh yeah and this... why does anyone believe a word dw says about what fights are going to happen? What the hell else is he gonna say? "yeah I'm really trying to make that fight but I'm just really having a hard time getting all the pieces in place..." he aint gonna say that shit, where have you been the last 5 years?
dillweed- May 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm
here's an idea, stop having fucking shows in CA, then you'd be showing these csac fags whats up. csac is obviously run by ftards. csac should regulate actual athletic violations such as ped abuse. sonnen's crimes in business should be dealt with by the appropriate law enforcement agency. It's usually the owners that penalize athletes for offenses they commit away from the sport b/c in the public the athlete is a rep of the team/owner he is not a rep of a athletic commission.
ccman- May 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Perjury is a serious offense get off me. To a reputable empowered commission? Sure. Csac is half that. Diaz Sshowtime is totally different issue. And end of the day csac is overstepping. File A.D.A Suit and bring them out of the shadows, get a couple of cripple ass. To back you and watch em cave.
Get Off Me- May 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm
@The Truth
Sonnen has not paid his dues, his suspension was 1yr from September 2010, reduced based on perjury.
Chael is being made example of quite simply here. You lie to a comission, you pay the price, plain and simple. It's about legitimacy, imagine if Chael was re-instated as of Sept. 2011, what kind of example would that show other fighters who come before the comission moving forward???Lie and you can possibly receive a reduced sentence???If you get caught lying, it's no big deal, the original sentence will stand and it's all good????
You guys can't be serious........ What is Chael gonna try and appeal now anyway, why is perjury not a serious offense to anybody around here?

Diaz and GSP won't be happening until Diaz's contract is up with Strikeforce. The reason is Showtime made the deal with SF and much like Dana expressed in his post ufc 129 conference, he would like to think he can do what he wants, but pulling Diaz from the SF roster right now is not in the cards...It's not too complex, if Dana started raiding current SF fighters under contract(not Shields, Miller etc because once contracts expire it's a different story) than what kind of ratings do you think Showtime could pull? Moving forward what reason would Showtime have to continue negotiating with Lorenzo? The end game obviously is for SF fighters to be absorbed into the UFC, but this is contigent on what Lorenzo can do with Showtime and if they start pulling current champions away and having them fight in the UFC it is not condusive towards Showtime signing new deals with SF.
RwilsonR- May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm
I don't know knucklesamitch, I think they're just pretty happy with chicken shit in Stockton.
knucklesamitch- May 25, 2011 at 11:35 am
I wish someone funnier than I would come up with the Nick Diaz equivalent to "Chicken shit into chicken salad"
El Guapo- May 25, 2011 at 10:41 am
Dana White: Alright, Green Team, you won the coin flip. Who's your first pick?

Nick Diaz: Ummmm, I dunno, you know. I mean, yeah, I'll take the first pick, but it's like, I'm not gonna take it just because, you know.

ccman- May 25, 2011 at 10:31 am
If I was sonnen I would file suit under the A.D.A. watch the liberal asses in cali scramble then.
ccman- May 25, 2011 at 10:29 am
theworld knows csac has way over stepped their bounds and set a really bad precident since we all know this comes more from kitzer than anything. In the long term sticking with this will cost them more than I think they realize. Govt. Agencies that abuse power have a tendency to learn hard lessons.
DARKHORSE06- May 25, 2011 at 10:17 am
Nick Diaz and James Toney for the next TUF. Without a doubt.
jfjjfjff- May 25, 2011 at 9:48 am
nice fucking audio.
SnackDaddy- May 25, 2011 at 9:36 am
Guess it's back to boxing for nicky boy.
JCVD as Timecop- May 25, 2011 at 9:13 am
Tyson was a HELL of a lot more of a big deal in boxing, even now a much larger sport in the eyes of the athletic commissions, than Chael Sonnen ever was in MMA, let alone the UFC. You might understand if Tyson had a little more pull and sway (read: money and bargaining power [read: money]) with them than Sonnen does. You don't even have to think very hard about football and basketball in the eyes of those commissions, and they also have players' associations to back them.
Set that aside and the only reason people know who Sonnen is, is because of the unique (read: sweetly retarded) way in which he runs his mouth and the utterly boring ways in which he goes to decision.
intercept440- May 25, 2011 at 9:12 am
@kid clam drapes

they smell good dude, like strawberrys, with a hint of tang
intercept440- May 25, 2011 at 9:11 am
nick diaz as a coach ??? you fukking kidding me?? nick diaz cant even intelligently speak a common phrase like hello , let alone articulate what he wants a fighter to do..

the only reason it would have high ratings would be the number of depression riddled suicides on the show because of the train wreck it would be
Kid Clam Curtains- May 25, 2011 at 9:09 am
Sorry for getting all romantic on you guys but I'd love to sniff Megan Olivi's insides.
ihateemo- May 25, 2011 at 8:54 am
I looked up the Tyson fight aftermath and Uncle Dana is actually right - after the ear bite, Tyson got his license back a year later.

Football and basketball players have pulled far worse shit than mortgage fraud. I think Chael Sonnen really is getting the short end of the stick.
bgoldstein- May 25, 2011 at 8:53 am
Welcome back shitbag, we missed your special brand of insightful commentary.

@ Kid Clam: He looks like he's standing on a box. Obviously Megan Olivi looks tiny next to guys like Stefan Struve and Sean McCorkle, but damn, she must be like 4'8".
Kid Clam Curtains- May 25, 2011 at 8:49 am
Does Dana look even more like a roid monkey in that vid or is it just me?
shitbag- May 25, 2011 at 8:42 am
Fuckin finally this comment things works again for me.

Anyway, fuck Dana and Chael. I don't watch TUF anyway so it doesn't matter.
jimbonics- May 25, 2011 at 8:33 am
Ironically I have some pot at home called Train Wreck.
Fried Taco- May 25, 2011 at 8:18 am
Nick Diaz as TUF coach would be a train wreck on pot.
The Truth- May 25, 2011 at 8:14 am
He has paid his dues...suspended, paid dues to the state for conviction, etc.

Cant he still fight somewhere outside US?