Dana White appeared on the Steve Cofield radio show after UFC 81 to talk about the fights and give his opinions on a variety of issues including Couture and Fedor Emelianenko
Here are some of the highlights from their conversation:
On UFC vs. PRIDE:
[The PRIDE fighters] didn’t flop. I think what happened was we went out and we acquired PRIDE; and these are the fights that everyones been wanting to see forever. To me that’s not a flop. I’ve been saying for years; let’s do UFC vs. PRIDE. Let’s put our guys against their guys. You know, it’s not a flop. Those guys came in and lost.
*It should be noted that both the UFC interim heavyweight champion and the UFC light heavyweight champion are former PRIDE veterans.
White On Frank Mir:
I just went back and grabbed him again and said ‘You looked good tonight. Weathered that storm. You hung in their and you did it.’ I said ‘stop relying on your talent and start working hard at this thing and make a comeback. In this business you have a small window of opportunity and your window is closing brother.’
On Couture and Fedor Emelianenko:
Randy Couture, right now is the best fighter in the world. Fedor is a farce. He [just fought] “Long Duck Dong”…we’ll just call him that. It’s a joke. This guy hasn’t beat anybody since 2005 and you know who was the last guy he beat in 2005? Mirko Cro Cop who just lost to two guy’s that nobody’s…you know.
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