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Dana White Still Set on Making Anderson Silva Fight His Friend

(If you loved him, Anderson, you’d want him to be happy. And if you wanted him to be happy, you’d do whatever he tells you to at all times. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Sooner or later UFC fighters are going to figure out that the best way to get a fight with a specific opponent is to publicly declare that they will not, under any circumstances, fight that person.  Not only will Dana White be unable to resist trying to make you fight that person, he’ll also probably end up paying you a little extra to do it.  For example, look at how he refuses to give up on the idea of pitting Anderson Silva against his best buddy, Lyoto Machida.  

Even though Silva says he won’t do it, ever, no matter what, White still talks as if it’s simply a matter of him playing Emperor and forcing them into the arena together:

"It has nothing to do with friendship," White said. "It’s about seeing who’s the best.  If Anderson continues to take out 205-ers, I’ll make that fight [vs. Machida]."

First of all, what does he mean by "make that fight"?  As in, he’ll put ‘Anderson Silva vs. Lyoto Machida’ on a fight poster and that’ll be that, even if neither of them actually signs the bout agreement?  This is the same rhetoric we used to hear in regards to a possible Rashad Evans vs. Keith Jardine fight.  The more they said they wouldn’t do it, the more White seemed to think it was absolutely necessary to make them do it.

On one hand, DW has a point.  If you’re in this business to be the best, you’d better be willing to knee your mother in the face if she gets in your way.  But that ignores some of the realities of the fight game.  Pitting two teammates against each other, as White wanted to do with Evans and Jardine, would create an awkward situation in the gym.  They obviously can’t train together like they normally would, and their coaches either have to take a side or else stay completely away from both guys.

But there’s also the issue of autonomy.  Sure, Dana White is the boss, but hasn’t the best fighter in the organization earned the right to say ‘no’ sometimes?  It’s not as if he’s asking for a procession of tomato cans.  In fact, whether they’ve put him against an uninteresting middleweight, or some dude to help them counter-program a rival on late notice, or a former light heavyweight champ – Silva has been pretty good about doing what the UFC wants.  

Now he says there’s one guy he won’t fight.  Because they’re friends.  And friends don’t fight each other unless they’re very drunk or very angry, possibly both.  Can’t we just leave it at that?

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budsellers- August 18, 2009 at 5:38 pm
i want to see that fight... that is as long as it takes place on the big screen with fake blood, weapons and possibly exploding props.
thebloc- August 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm
The solution is pretty simple. Caipirinha for everyone and then put them in the octogon.
ArmFarmer- August 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm
The only thing Shogun is gonna destroy is what's left of his reputation.
right hand crazy- August 18, 2009 at 11:35 am
i don't really understand why people think shogun is going to "destroy" machida. are we talking about the same shogun here? sure, he was a pride champion and all, but i've seen his pride fights and although he did win, he was never particularly impressive or dominating with his wins. and you can't kick or knee a grounded opponent in the head here, so there go his strongest weapons.

maybe shogun could knock machida out if he catches him with a clean shot, but he'd have to actually hit him first, which sounds a lot easier than it is. i don't think shogun has the speed or the discipline to do anything against machida. rashad is much faster than shogun and we all saw how well he did.
jimbonics- August 18, 2009 at 6:19 am
You people need to get laid. Buncha crab-asses up in here.
ArmFarmer- August 18, 2009 at 4:15 am
I can't believe there are people that actually don't care to see this fight.. and actually think no one else wants to see it. Are you guys crazy? Why would you not want to see 2 pfp greats and seemingly untouchable fighters go at it for a title? How could any fan of this sport not be salivating at the very thought of this fight? Maybe there's the possibility it could be boring but honestly who gives a shit that's a risk I'm willing to take. Make it happen Dana!!
Chri534.- August 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm
Can't it just be like a modernized Chuck and Tito situation? Silva runs through all the tough opponents while Machida dances around the others.
Casa de los pantelones- August 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm
Anderson does not have the fastest hands.

At that weight (because there are lw's who are faster) Vitor belfort would pwn silva in a hand speed contest.

Thats the fight I want to see, Belfort vs. silva, then after Shogun Destroys Machida, he gets the winner.
LockDown- August 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm
Dana will make his worst mistake if he keeps pushing both fighters to face each other. I think they will not refuse to fight, but they will do a circus fight. Forcing the thing to go to a draw.
jonwu- August 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm
Silva and Machida will touch gloves and circle each other, throwing faint jabs here and there.

Then Vince McMahon will come out to his corporation theme "No Chance in Hell!"

Machida, Silva, and McMahon all hug in the ring and Vince announces that he has just bought UFC and IT IS ALL OVER!
Keyser Soze- August 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm
CJvsCP... I'd like to see the fight, and I'm pretty confident others would too.

As far as Dana White being an asshole... he's a businessman at work, trying to put on a show for mma fans. Trying to make your $45 worth dropping on a good ppv card. Two top fighters, champions in their respective divisions... I could see how you would find that boring, not worth watching.

Silva's ruined every UFC middleweight he's fought, and maybe James Irvin was just a personal challenge. Griffin's got a following, as does Silva. Why not match them up? If Silva were ducking MW's to fight LHW's, I'd agree to Silva having to pick one division or another. Except... he's not ducking anyone.

I've got best friends like brothers, and a blood brother, and we've all fought for various reasons. He's an asshole, I'm an asshole... sometimes out of sheer boredom alone. If DW offered up a few hundred thousand plus for 25 minutes worth of work... well... we'll still be friends or brothers after it's over. Just with fatter bank accounts.

It's all speculation, but my money would be on Silva to win.
phantom151- August 17, 2009 at 7:36 pm
If anyone hear think's anyone in any weight class right now is gonna beat anderson your sadly mistaken... and ya its a fight and anything can happen but 9 out of 10 anderson beats anyone in MMA atm .... im not saying that because I am a huge spider his last 6-8 fights if thats what you call them I'd call them destruction at its finest.... he is use to 185 hand speed he walks around at 210-215 no one in MMA has his hand speed accuracy head movement or confidance. He looked like he could have lined up the entire light heavy weight class one by one and destroyed the entire roster the night of the forrest fight (actually pretty much all his fights). his hands are way to quick for 205ers he will not be beat untill he gets older and his hands slow down or its a fluke KO either way anderson vs any single person IMO is gonna be quick.... I think line 2-3 guys up so he can own them 1 after another thats the only thing thats gonna challenge this guy..... call it the ANDERSON SILVA OWNS YOU IN EVERY WAY TOURNAMENT OF BROKEN FACES.. the end
rh- August 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm
"...White still talks as if it’s simply a matter of him playing Emperor..."

the words Emperor and dana white should never be used--even remotely, or to prove a point--interchangeably.

There is only one Emperor in MMA, and he's a fighter, not a guy who just talks for a living.

LBo- August 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Anderson cornered Lyoto for the Sokodjou fight, didn't he...? That's the only non-Machida I've seen corner him ever...

though I will agree that the "two fighters one camp" issue raised in the article is a non-point, as Lyoto doesn't appear to be the most active Black House member in their camps.
FreddyFangers- August 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm
- you are more remedial than i could have ever imagined if you really believe that Shogun has shit to offer against Machida
@ JaySmith
- we got another reporter breaking news in the comment section on Cagepotato i see.... "i have it on good authority".... laughing so hard that i drowned my dog
twincest- August 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm
Face it, Dana and the UFC brass were crestfallen when their wunderkind former HS teacher all 'merican boy wonder (Rich Franklin) lost and could not regain his title.

Dana has always relied heavily on his title holders to help promote the sport and the brand, and it wasn't too long ago that flag draped camo-wearing American hero types carried UFC Championship Belts into the Octagon - warming the hearts of the cornfed masses who are the backbone of the MMA market.

Now Dana faces PR chores w. an unlikely (and largely unhelpful) cast that includes:
* two Brazilians who don't speak English
* one Canadian who speaks passable English
* and two Americans who he WISHES didn't speak at all

Make no mistake: Dana would love nothing more than to announce the two Brazilians will face off and vacate the MW belt. He'd be making the Franklin/Hendo announcement about 23 seconds after it.
LAS- August 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm
jericmiller you dumb fuck. It's called a joke. Do you think they really don't know the difference between street fighting and cage fighting?
Dubbayoo- August 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm
If it's a sport, it's a sport. I have $44.95, so fight, you pussies!

I hope they're not reading this... or having it translated..
scumbag- August 17, 2009 at 4:20 pm
who is he gonna lose to, you.
KuJudo- August 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Machado bros. Fuck off. I'll be the guy saying "I told you so" when the fight happens. Look for it in April-May 2010, if Lyoto doesn't lose his next 2 fights.
scumbag- August 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm

give a shirt to one two for funniest joke
Jay Smith- August 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm
I trust the guy with the Brazilian training partners.............yeah right.
CJvsCP- August 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm
Dana "the Don King of MMA" White is a complete asshole! Who cares to even see that fight? I mean really the both of them are so allusive it would be like 25 min of shadowboxing.
Jackal- August 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm
no way, machida in round 3 by ass whooping
twincest- August 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Dana should lead by example and fight his own "am I not the king?"
enormous ego.

And anyways, where are these table-pounding fans desperate for a Silva/Machida match? Was this on the agenda at one of the recent Town Halls?