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Dana White: “I’ve Never Been Embarrassed of a UFC Fight Like I Was Tonight.”

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Anderson Silva may not have had a problem with his performance at UFC 97, but Dana White wasn’t impressed, to put it mildly. Following Saturday’s excruciating main event, White sat down for an interview with Steve Cofield which quickly turned into an MMA version of Stewart/Cramer, with Cofield railing at the UFC prez for Silva‘s disrespectful showing, and White sheepishly taking the abuse. "I’m trying to wrap brain around this thing and figure this out, and I just cannot," White said. "I was seriously sitting in my seat going, ‘No, no this is not happening again’…I swear to God I wanted to leave tonight."

Echoing the thoughts of hundreds of thousands of screwed pay-per-view buyers, White said "I’ve never been embarrassed of a UFC fight like I was in the main event tonight." Dana now has the unenviable task of figuring out what to do next with Anderson Silva. The Spider is officially unreliable as a headliner (not that he ever drew big numbers), and Demian Maia‘s impending title shot may have just gone up in smoke. Is a super-fight with Georges St. Pierre the only match that makes sense now?

Later in the interview, White re-states that Chuck Liddell is done fighting — for the UFC, or any other organization: "Yeah, he’s a big name, we could sell out arenas with him, we could still sell pay-per-views with him, but I don’t want to see that."

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Anonymous- May 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm
hell yeah bro
Old TaeKwonDo Guy- April 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Anyone who's trained seriously in martial arts knows that the ultimate rule is, "it's better to win 1-0 than 10-9". Anderson Silva is a true martial artist. He shows respect for his opponents (even when they don't deserve it!) and for his art. Fans who just want to watch two people flail at each other may want to stick to watching hockey.
Anonymous- April 23, 2009 at 5:29 am
Should a champion who was clearly not in the same league as the challenger be expected to be able to finish someone who is so far below him in skill or is it just ok to not fight for fear of losing because he might "get caught" if he does engage?
rampaging- April 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Dana can only be pissed off at himself for putting on such a weak card between the two. He's disappointed in himself more than the fight.

His poor baby, Liddell, gets his ass fed to him--CALLS THIS . . . the fight of the night???
I think it's time for Dana to retire if this is the case.

Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 10:19 pm
Silva fought his fight. The smart fight.

If audience wants to be entertained, consider going to the circus.

You'll feel right at home.
Phunnybonz- April 20, 2009 at 8:26 pm
Why do we buy ppvs? Any ppvs for that matter not just UFC ppvs. Because we want to be entertained. It's all about etertainment. What entertains me may not entertain you but I can tell you one thing, Silva's fight was NOT entertaining for anyone except Silva.

Did he win? Yep. Big fuckin' deal. Does he retain the belt? Yep. Did he fight so as not to lose, instead of fighting to win? Yep. Reminds me of Tim Sylvia, except I have more respect for Silvia (not Silva). Silva can keep his belt but it won't pay the bills when the UFC cuts his boring ass loose.

Leites was a UFC softball. Not taking anything away from Thales, but that's what he was. He was put in the Octagon with a better opponent and the reason for that was so that Silva could win in spectacular fashion and redeem his last fight. Maybe even get the fans behind him and improve his marketability.

Dana lobbed Silva a nice slow ball, but Silva didn't hit it out of the park. What Silva did was make his marketability even worse which likely means that DW and the UFC are going to look to give him a loss and send him on his way. If Silva isn't going to earn the pay that goes with the belt, then adios muchacho.

I think that Leites did the best he could. Dropping to the ground every chance he got was the only chance he had to entice Silva into some BJJ. What was he supposed to do? Last time Silva fought, douches like C-Bus Allstart were praising his "elusiveness". Well he was just as elusive this time so Leites was ineffective standing up. If you can't win standing then try and get it to the ground, which was what Leites was trying to do, to a degree anyway.

Again, we watch to be entertained. That doesn't mean we expect to see a KO every fight, but we do expect to SEE a fight. What Silva did was no better than a stand up version of lay-and-pray, the point of which is to control your opponent and prevent them from hurting you.

All you Silva nuthuggers and knob gobblers like C-Bus Allstar can continue to delude yourselves that Silva's new style is superior and "smart", simply because he wins, but the fact of the matter is that he is being payed a whole lot of money to entertain us and he's not doing it. Kind of got to wonder how smart he is when he is "winning" his way out of a job.
Jonny5- April 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm
Liddell vs. Hamill, Vera, or Boestch next. Com'on Dana make it happen.
TheWarsawExpress- April 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Silva has lost a fight before...just not in the UFC. He would be the first person to say that. I sort of look at it like how I do my job. I can do things sort of flashy and pretend I know everything and then when it is wrong I get in trouble or maybe fired. Or I can be cautious and do it right and keep getting a pay check. Or in anderson's case, he can fight a smart fight, win it, not get brain damage or a broken fucking arm from an arm bar attempt and end his entire career just so some ass fucks won't boo him.

Again, this is a title shot for Leites. He has to bring it to win. You have to take the belt. Anderson is on the hill, all he has to do is shove you back down to the bottom. Just provide Anderson with a real challenge. And you know what else? GSP is just going to try to wrestle Silva. Same thing will happen in a GSP v Silva match up any day of the week.
Johnnymack..- April 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm
@Jay Smith...Yes people do beleive this threoy. Maybe not that he could pick and choose an excact moment to fisnish the fight but had he TRIED he no doubt would have suceeded. And people arne't mad that he didn't fight exactly how they wanted, people are mad that he was so clearly messing around and screwing with Lietes, it's unprofessional and childish and not what people want in a champion.

And with the exception a few die hard fans like C-bus, who can't see past their own nose when it comes to fighters they like, everyone realizes what Silva was up to, the media covering the fight, Dana white and just about everyfan of MMA. But I guess All those people are unqualified to decide if someones being a douchebag because the have never fought in a backyard brawl.
Loretta Kunt- April 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm
anderson turns heel
amazing how mma is so much like pro wrestling
glad i bootlegged that event
Jay Smith- April 20, 2009 at 1:24 pm
@ DeuceOnYoFoHead
I don't think C-bus is trying to jam his opinion down our throats any more than the rest of us here. It just seems to me we're all trying to make sense of what went down Saturday, and we're all passionate about this sport. I, like C-bus, just hate to hear people bad mouthing "THE CHAMP" because he didn't fight the fight the way "they" think he should have fought. "WE" ain't no gotdamn UFC fighters!!! What the fuck do we know about being in the octogon. I ain't even qualified to clean up the spit and blood after all the fans have gone home!
I blame Dana White, Joe Silva, and Leites for a bad show. Leites or Cote should have never been given a shot before Nate the Great got a rematch or, Okami, or Maia. Dana's always saying how he likes superfights well, he couldn't possibly have thought these were of that caliber.
I agree with you about movin this guy up in weight class to get challenged, but because he hasn't been in the weight class he's in isn't his fault.
Jay Smith- April 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm
@ all
Who are these "know it alls" saying that they "know for sure that Anderson could have knocked him out at any time"? (Ample's comments). Listen how crazy that sounds. You're saying that Silva actually knows he could have knocked Leites out, but chose not to just so he could be arrogant. Does anyone else believe this theory???
Everyone keeps bringing up past opponents of Silvas, and how great those fights were (Franklin, Henderson, Leben, Nate the great, etc). Why were those fights so great? Because those opponents weren't too intimitated to actually try to kick The Spiders ass. They may have failed miserably, but they wanted that belt bad, and weren't affraid to try to take it and it showed.
Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm
@ Jugger

WTF are you talkin about. Machida is a million times more entertaining to watch on his worst day than that piece of shit Silva.

If you don't know the diference between strategic fighting and fuckin around (dancin, foot punching and other Silva patented moves), shut the fuck up.
richorama- April 20, 2009 at 11:49 am
no one cares about your opinions. happy 4/20!
DeuceOnYoFoHead- April 20, 2009 at 11:34 am
c-bus stop trying to jam your opinion down everyones throat. Silva did not fight the perfect fight. He fought a smart fight yes, but it is not perfect when your jabbing people in the fuckin thigh and dancing around while a bunch of fans who just threw down hundreds of dollers stand there and watch. The ufc isnt an organization where two fighters can just stand there and play around for the main event. The first round was one of the most boring rounds ive ever seen, anderson didnt even throw a single punch until half way through. It is embarrasing for Dana White, who did promise to everyone that after Cote, Anderson would explode. He looked like an idiot sitting there, probably fakingly smiling at everyone saying oh next round don't worry. It just seems like Anderson seems uninterested in the fights he's having. I don't blame him 100% for this fight. It is totally Dana's and Joe's fault for creating such a shitty matchup too. I don't know, I have a feeling the next fight anderson is going to be given (which I dont expect to see until like september or october), will be one against a very explosive fighter. Im guessing in 185 if bisbing wins it will be him, because even though I dont like Bisbing, the motherfucker will run at you, and Henderson also has a chance at a rematch. At 205 id love to see him against someone like Rampage, Rua, Alexander (fuck it haha), etc. Throw him one of these bigger fuckers and we'll see if he tries to jab rampage in the thigh. Fuck.
Johnnymack..- April 20, 2009 at 11:10 am
Hey retard(and veteran of "underground, backyard brawls" lol) you contradict yourself in the same post. fisrt you say you like technically sound think Silva fought smart( that behind the knee ankle sweep with his hands at his sides was brilliant). Then you say Machida is a back stepping pussy? So which is it tough guy? You can't have it both ways.
skidding- April 20, 2009 at 11:01 am
I'd rather learn how to fight like Machida and Anderson Silva. Most people aren't into that, I am.
BackbaconBilly- April 20, 2009 at 10:56 am
Enough of this Bullshit about Silva beeing too smart to get sucked into fighting Thales gameplan, look Thales as the challenger should have showed up ready for a brawl ( this isn't ABU DABAI, or whatever its called) for christs sake! this is a FIGHT. Silva shouldn't be hoping or content to win the decision either, he's the champ he should have kicked the shit outta Thales for thinking he had what it took to step in the ring with the CHAMP. Its not like Silva is fighting next week and can't afford to sustain an injury, he needs to fight like a champ or give up the belt its simple, and enough already with this I wish I wasn't fighting another Brazillion, you don't ever hear a Yank or Canuck saying that shit.
And please stop makin that Cofield goof out like he's good at what he does, HE SUCKS! and he asks the most retarted questions over and over, I was really hoping DW was just gonna call one of his goons to drop by the table and power bomb that dickwad thru it.
Johnnymack..- April 20, 2009 at 10:48 am
One last thing...AJ makes a good point..Whats the difference between a fighter refusing to go to the ground and a fighter that doesn't want to stand? There has always been the misconception that standing is more exciting or more of a real fight than the ground game(standups anyone?) and this fight illustrates the point perfectly.
Johnnymack..- April 20, 2009 at 10:32 am
Hey C-bus? did you read my post before you started blathering? I like a fighter that fights smart,Machida? I think he's one of the best in the buissness at defensive fighting. I clearly stated that I don't need a quick KO or a fast sub to think a fight is exciting and I've never said I could do anything better in the cage than any mma fighter. I said fans can form opinions from an educated stand-point by watching and learning about any sport. I find it funny that you are attacking anyone who calls out Silva for his garbage performance by saying they don't know "combat". If YOU knew something of "combat" (snigger) you'd be able to tell the difference between a fighter who is counter striking, taking limited damage while inflicting it and scoring points and a fighter who is showboating and fucking around in the ring. Read all of someones post before you start running of at the mouth or it makes you look like a dipshit.

Just because you like Silva doesn't mean that he is infallible.
Goog- April 20, 2009 at 10:17 am
I see more fighting in this comment section than I did in that fight.

Let's all just keep a distance, keep our opinions to ourselves, and if anyone says anything... lean back in our chairs and say nothing. If someone gets aggressive and baits you into making a comment, start to type it, but then erase it after a sentence and wait for someone else to say something. Maybe type one of those smiley faces at them and hit the send button with a quick behind-the-back move. At the end of five full pages of "dialogue", we can say we're not here to make points or discuss and just wait for the next topic.
Ample- April 20, 2009 at 10:02 am oculdnt have it more wrong. We know what "Smart fight" is and that shit wasnt "smart fighting" that was fuckin rediculous "im gonna stand and fucking play soccer for 25 minutes" fight.

That fight was total bullshit. Please challenge me in anyway on this and proove me wrong. Silva had no excuses, it was clear he could of knocked out Thales whenever but just didnt....if your oppenent doesnt bring the fight then after a couple rounds you should start to press it....especially with all that talent. If anyone can choose to end a fight at will its Silva. Fucking bullshit is what that fight was. Silva better pull his god damn head out
Ample- April 20, 2009 at 9:58 am
Anderson Silva is seriously starting to piss me off. Yes we know Thales Lietes wouldnt engage but fuck he was on his fee with SIlva for 20 god damn minutes. Silva was in striking distance the entire time. There is no god damned plausible reason for Silva not finishing that fight. He acted a fool and looked like a hesitant little bitch refusing to press the fight. Fucking bullshit i say
C-Bus Allstar- April 20, 2009 at 9:43 am
Fans like Johnnymack and Slapjaw are the type of people killing MMA. You two are the type of douches that will sit there chugging your beers and talking shit about how you could be a fighter and how you could do what these guys are doing, and then start booing a minute 30 into a fight because nobody has been knocked out. You know nothing of combat.
aj- April 20, 2009 at 9:43 am
If strikers can just stand up and wave grapplers off of the floor then it's the same shit if grapplers just fall and wait for them.

It takes 2 people to fight and having the "champion" not engage is just ridiculous. Shit like this reveals how MMA is just a game and not a real fight.. because the initiative to engage is contrived and the "smarter" fighter doesn't want to beat the other person, they just want to win the game.