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Video: Dana White Talks Forgiving Karo Parisyan, Roy Nelson’s Contract Status and BJ Penn’s Fate if He Loses to Matt Hughes

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MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani caught up with Dana White following today’s UFC 123 pre-fight press conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan and the UFC president shared his thoughts on a number of topics, including whether or not he thinks Quinton Jackson is motivated for his fight with Lyoto Machida, why he had a change of heart about letting Karo Parisyan fight for his organization again, what will happen to BJ Penn if he loses his third straight fight and Roy Nelson‘s contract status.

Here’s what White had to say about:

Matt Hughes‘ decision to postpone hunting season to rubbermatch BJ Penn:
I didn’t have to convince him of anything. I called him up and asked him, ‘How’d you like to fight in Detroit?’ and he was like, Ah, I’ve got so much stuff goin’ on right now. Who did you have in mind [for me to fight]?’ When I said, ‘BJ,’ he said, ‘I’ll call you back. I’m going to clear my schedule.’

Whether BJ will be cut if he loses against Hughes:
"I think before BJ got cut or something like that, he would probably retire."

Whether or not he thinks Rampage is mentally prepared for Machida:
"He’s always hard to gauge what he’s thinking no matter what. He seems ready and focused and in shape to me. I was actually looking at him [at the press conference]. Tomorrow’s the weigh-in and he looks lean. He looks good. Who knows? You can’t tell until the night of the fight, but he looks good to me."

Whether or not Roy Nelson will ever fight for the UFC again:
"It’s crazy man. We had no idea he was under contract. In 10 years when have you ever heard of us grabbing someone else who was under contract?This is sneaky boxing shit. This is the stuff that I’m saying. Everybody wants to point the finger at us like we’re the bad guys. Trust me when I say this, but we’re the good guys. Fighters have to be careful when they sign these rinky-dink contracts with these other promoters. The funniest part is, this is Roy Jones Jr’s company. Roy Jones Jr. is a former fighter and you’ll hear these fighters crying about this and that with the promoter while he’s out there screwing with guy’s livelihood. When these guys go out and sign these contracts, you have to go out and hire a good attorney to look at these. I know right now there’s a promotion that’s out there that is signing guys to old school boxing contracts. They have options on top of options on top of options and you’re never out of contract with these guys. I wouldn’t say he’s done in the UFC. This is something that needs to be figured out."

Why he relented on his vow that Karo would never fight again in the UFC:
"Here’s the thing about a guy like Karo Prisyan: This is a guy who has gone to war for us many times and has had some great fights in the UFC. He did some bad stuff to me, etc…etc… and iI just have a hard time…I caved on this one. He kept texting me and I respect the kids so I’m hoping he can come back and make something happen."

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Get Off Me- November 18, 2010 at 8:11 am
Remember when Dana said he "never says never" a few weeks ago?
Remember when Dana said Karo would never fight in the UFC again after he got cut for pulling himself out of a fight at the last minute?

I saw what Daley did live, it was bad, he lied about why he did it when Dana asked him inside the cage. Dana had some big wigs from Ontario sitting with him(while MMA was still unsanctioned in Ontario) and this is what pissed D.W. off the most.
I think Daley will be back in the UFC one day and hope I never hear Dana say "I never say never" again.
WalksInTheDarkness- November 18, 2010 at 3:33 am
People getting hit after the whistle happens in a number of non-MMA sports. It happens in American Football, it happens in Ice Hockey (heck ice hockey even has fights happen during the game and yet it's still screened live on television).

Gilbert Yvel knocked out the referee during his fight. His eye gouging of Don Frye looked nasty. Yet he's still fought for the UFC and continues to do so (but after that Madsen fight he's probably getting cut...)

Basically, Dana White understands the power of money. Karo Parisyan was done from fighting with the UFC (according to DFW) but then he's managed to work on his anxiety attacks and he's back because fans want to see him fight and DFW knows that this means money. As soon as Daley gets back to his knocking people out left, right and centre ways he'll be back in the UFC because DFW likes money and the fans like to see people getting knocked out.
Travis.Logan- November 18, 2010 at 1:40 am
All im gonna say is Danna better eventually cave on Paul Daley and give him another shot. Here are some reasons why:
1- I wanna punch Josh Koscheck
2- You wanna punch Joch Koshceck
3- Dana gave Junie browning all the chances in the world after making mixed martial artists look like insane losers on numerous ocassions
4-Dana still allows Nate Diaz to fight for the UFC after his debacle, oh yeah it was on CBS FOR STRIKEFORCE
5-Paul is a badass
6-And what about Josh Koshceck After trying to choke a male nurse on this seasons TUF 12 that called him out about his faked knee trauma

Come Dana give Paul Daley another shot and this time without ref to stop the murder, hopefully this time before the bell.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 18, 2010 at 1:10 am

I really had a skewed number system set up for my post something all witty and sensational like you did but I figured I would take the high ground on this one. I can understand your disdain for "FraggleRock" but seriously the Diaz hate really is getting old dude put on the best fight on the at UFC 118. I just don't grasp how you can still harp on Mayhem's nut-sack. As much as I wish Daley had connected with that punch on Josh it doesn't make it the right thing to do. That alone is just fucking horrible for MMA I don't even have to explain the reasons that was just horrible. When my bank charges me ridiculous fee's I don't go down there and beat the fuck out of the bank manager, when the neighbors dog shits in my lawn I don't walk up and punch him in the face drag him over and rub his face in his dogs shit(Though I would like to). Logic and common sense are not always things people are gifted with so I will give you the free pass on this one as I can tell sexual frustration and Cheesing has had startling affects on your brain. Get well soon my very confused and bewildered friend.
choncho- November 18, 2010 at 12:05 am
@Logan. Do you always lick the nuts of guys you don't know the name of?
Casa de los pantelones- November 18, 2010 at 12:03 am
I believe Karo pulled out of a few fights at the very last succession.
RSparrow- November 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm
What did Karo do that was so bad? I thought he was just on pain pills and shit...
SocraticMethod- November 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm
I think you mean Paul Daley.
Kimbos Bread- November 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm
If BJ loses, there's always the porn industry, where he can live up to his name.
PortlandMMA- November 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm
@ cagepotato

Thank you guys for always highlighting whats in the videos. I'd say a lot of potato nation are office workers like myself, and watching a video at work is fucking impossible, but it's awesome to read the transcripts. Thank you.
danomite- November 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm
so dana white listened to the fans and scrapped the Mir vs. Lesnar 3? Well Dana, if you're listening it's not that we don't want to see Mir vs. Lesnar 3, because honestly both fights were entertaining, it's just that we don't want to see Mir vs. anybody ever again.

and why do these interviews or guys at the Q & A's continually let Dana get away with that crap about "nobody's ever done what Paul Daley did. he'll never fight here again." Gilbert Fucking Yvel fought in the UFC 3 times after he repeatedly did shit that was way worse than anything Paul Daley did.
El Guapo- November 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm
If somebody says "trust me when I say this" you might wanna check to see if your wallet's missing..

And if Dana's the good guy then War Machine graduated with honors from the Citadel and James Toney's the UFC heavyweight champ.

Stenhård- November 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm
To be mentally prepared and to look good is 2 different things. Even if Rampage is in shape i dont think he is motivated enough.
And thank god we dont have to see Lesnar vs Mir 3 any time soon.
Tardjitsu- November 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm
"We're the fucking good guys." - Dana. Awesome.