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Dana White Reveals UFC Firing Formula: Sh*t Talkers Who Don’t Perform Get Cut

(Video courtesy YouTube/Heavy)’s Megan Olivi yesterday got out of Dana White the magic equation that we’ve all been trying to figure out: the method behind the madness of Zuffa’s firing formula.

According to the UFC president, who was asked whether or not Brandon Vera was on the bubble if he loses against Thiago Silva Saturday night at UFC 125, job security in the Octagon isn’t necessarily contingent on wins and losses.

"It’s a big fight for him, no doubt, and it’s a big fight for Thiago. Nobody wants to be in this sport and lose. Everybody wants to win. People always ask me, ‘Is this a do or die for this guy?’ Everybody’s gonna lose here and there. All I ask from guys is that you come out and you perform on Saturday night. I can’t stand the guys who come out and talk all the smack, ‘I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that," and then go out and they don’t do anything," White explains. "Those are the guys who are gonna get cut. The guys that stick around are the guys that go out and perform. I don’t see how [the Vera-Silva] fight isn’t a great fight. Brandon’s head is back, he’s very talented, well-rounded and Thiago Silva comes in to finish people."

When asked by Olivi in the same interview if he has spoken to guys like Gray Maynard, who is fighting for the 155-pound strap Saturday night about being more exciting in fights, White danced around giving his own opinion on the new lay-and-pray decision style of wrestling that seems to be dominating the sport these days, but said that it’s not his place to change a fighter’s style if they’re winning fights.

"I don’t ever tell guys how to fight Gray Maynard is who he is. It’s been said about Jon Fitch. Jon Fitch is who he is. I don’t ever try to change a guy’s style or tell him how to fight or any of that stuff. Gray Maynard has conducted himself as a true professional," he says. "When I went in and said, ‘He’s not gonna get this next title shot, Frankie is," never once did he come out and have anything negative to say. He waited for his turn and now it’s his turn."

One fighter White says has raised his stock in the UFC is Chris Leben, who the Baldfather calls the fighter of the year for 2010. Ironically, Dana says he has matured immensely as a fighter and as a man, even though he continues to act as a child by getting behind the wheel with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

"Chris Leben is probably the fighter of 2010. He literally catapulted himself back into the mix and had a bunch of exciting fights. I think he won Knockout of the Night, Fight of the Night, and fought back-to-back in two weeks — two tough fights. A win over Chris Leben for Brian Stann is huge right now and for Leben to get back in there and mix it up and get another win under his belt, he’s chippin’ away and gettin’ himself back into the mix," White says. "Chris Leben is one of these guys, who, even though he still has some problems here and there, he’s a completely different person than he was season one of The Ultimate Fighter. He’s grown up a lot. He’s matured as a fighter. He’s matured as a man. Things are gonna happen sometimes. Today’s Wednesday. The fight’s on Saturday and Chris Leben looks awesome. He took this fight serious. He’s ready to go. I think Chris is right where he needs to be."

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bobroode- November 16, 2011 at 5:53 am
Good business move by Dana White, I wish all bosses acted like this. I think we need to have that philosophy in all aspects of the world.
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fatbellyfrank- December 31, 2010 at 3:20 am
Smitty Says:
Fri, 12/31/2010 - 05:33
Well I hate to toot my own horn (actually I love it, that's why I had my 2 lower ribs removed, but that's a different story for a different site),
Thats fucken funny shit right there, dont care who you are LMFAO Bro
Coneblazer- December 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm
@mmainmyblood Koscheck? Tanner? maybe Tank Abbott ..... nah....... David Beckham ...nah
wtf did theses guys have to do with this article? many would agree your points are valid but WAY out of context.
Lysol- December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Underperforming shit talkers get cut, which explains why Frank Mir, Dan Hardy, Chael Sonnen, Brock Lesnar and Cub Swanson are all fighting in Strikeforce right now.
lenwillkillu- December 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Smitty... Nick Diaz just signed a contract extension w/ Strikeforce...
Smitty- December 30, 2010 at 11:33 am
Well I hate to toot my own horn (actually I love it, that's why I had my 2 lower ribs removed, but that's a different story for a different site), but yesterday I mentioned that Dana would consider going against his word, and rehire Nick Diaz after this next contract is up with Strikeforce if he keeps on winning. He didn't mention anything about Nick specifically, but he did say he was always looking for big talent in other organizations when asked by that beeotch. Suck it!
rogerw- December 30, 2010 at 11:27 am
Did White confirm Lesnar vs Mir as tuf coaches there at the end of the video or am I interpreting that incorrectly?
uzithrasha- December 30, 2010 at 11:27 am
I hate seeing girls involved in mma, but this chick was easy on the eyes and gave the best interview i ever saw that was conducted by a female. Not like that dumb ass man sounding nasty bitch karyn Bryant
Bruce_Buffer- December 30, 2010 at 11:26 am
@face biter

Just having a laugh... And pointing out the oft contradictory nature of DW. No doubt chael did his thing that night. C'mon son!
just some dong- December 30, 2010 at 11:25 am
@ portlandmma

It's channel 5 (HD 705) if you have comcast. Of course the listing isn't correct on the menu guide so I had to set a manual recording from 6-7 PM on Sat. You can do that through the DVR menu.

fACE7biter- December 30, 2010 at 11:15 am
That comment was the opposite of funny or insightful. Chael talked a lot of shit, and competely backed it up. He fought his heart out, and is the only guy who can say he kicked the ass of one of the pound for pound best for over 20 minutes. C'mon son, think before you post.
GILL-uh-TEEN- December 30, 2010 at 11:07 am
Wonder what the firring criteria is for Ring Girls... how they 'perform'?
whitey- December 30, 2010 at 11:04 am
i didn't know chris leben owned a catapult
Bruce_Buffer- December 30, 2010 at 10:38 am
"I dont like guys that talk trash and lose. Except for guys like chael who make me dick tons of money in the process. "
SouthSideEssay- December 30, 2010 at 10:33 am
So whats Dan Hardy still doing in the UFC? ZING!
Morningwood- December 30, 2010 at 10:29 am
@MMA gotcha. I too like Tanner in and out of the ring. For whatever reason though Kos doesn't bother me like he does most people. Kos will probably never be a Executive VP in the UFC!
Videodrome_NOW- December 30, 2010 at 10:15 am
"Brandon Vera's head is back." Funny as shit.

Better hold off till after the fight, Dana. I know Mr. Vera acted very humble yesterday at the pc, but lets wait and see if said head has returned from wherever it had wandered off to.

Is the Mike Brown fight being shown on the prelims?
MMAINMYBLOOD- December 30, 2010 at 10:06 am
@Morningwood sorry bro I should have specified...what I meant by that reference is this....(ok first Evan Tanner was my favorite fighter from way back) ...but Tanner had 40 fights and in those fights he only had 4 that went the distance... that means he performed everytime... win or lose... Koshceck has 9 that went the distance with only half the fights of tanner....In my opinion when Koscheck has the descisions its because he is not performing but has plenty of shit to say before his fights. (and plenty of antics inside the actagon...Octagon when he is in there). Tenner never got fired for his loses because of his finish rate... it was very high. Koscheck better change his ways eventually he will be cut.
MMAINMYBLOOD- December 30, 2010 at 9:58 am
@ portlandmma you are right on with that.... the only thing that kept his last fight from being a snoozer was Johnny bones jones jones bones jones...Vera woulda been happy to just hold him there on the ground and pray for a stand up so he could move away in a defensive manner all fight.
danomite- December 30, 2010 at 9:57 am
Dana forgot to mention the second part of his firing formula: TUF winners get to lose as many fights as they want as long as they make weight for Title shots.
Morningwood- December 30, 2010 at 9:56 am
I don't get the Evan Tanner vs. Josh Koscheck reference?? Did Tanner get fired by DW, what am I missing with that one?
MMAINMYBLOOD- December 30, 2010 at 9:56 am
If you Have DirecTv iits on Channel 306 I believe or 305 is ion west...they actually have an east and west so check em both out. not sure about hd tho....
PortlandMMA- December 30, 2010 at 9:55 am
Also Dana should admit, as I have that Brandon Vera can make any fight boring.
Morningwood- December 30, 2010 at 9:53 am
anyone else catch how Dan clears his throat when he tries to explain Chucks hiring and duties?

Vera has to win to stay employed. When was the last time he was relevant? Maybe I just don't remember. Last I remember is him getting his orbital broke by Jones. Maybe Vera was killing suckas before that, can't remember.

Leben, Leben, Leben, why fight Stann? I don't see an upside for him. Stann's a nobody. He won a belt in the wec when there was no one in the weight class. Has he beaten anyone of relevance, ever?
PortlandMMA- December 30, 2010 at 9:52 am
I'm curious to see how much Stann develops under the tutelage of Greg Jackson...I really don't think he wants to stand with Leben though. I think the Guida vs Gomi and the Diaz and stun gun fight are going to be pretty good too. Actually pretty excited for this I just got to figure out if I have the Ion network to watch the prelims.