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

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.”