At the recent Ultimate Fighter tryouts, UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts on last weekend’s UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun event. In an interview with Cagepotato.com, White, never afraid to share his true feelings, offered a candid assessment of the fighters he was most impressed with at the event.
The UFC boss cited Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as a notable performer, despite the controversial loss he suffered to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. However, White reserved his most effusive praise for rising star Cain Velasquez, who easily dispatched former IFL Heavyweight Champion Ben Rothwell.
“Cain went in and completely dominated,” stated White. “The first round I think the judges had it a 10-8. It could have been a 10-7 round. He was completely dominant against a guy who was bigger, had more experience . . . Cain continues to impress,” he concluded.
White went on to say that Velasquez is on track for a title shot and that he “could absolutely be a coach” on The Ultimate Fighter.
Once questioned about the alleged special treatment received by internet sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, White did not mince words. “That was a crock of shit . . . That never happened, Roy “The Moron” Nelson came up with that shit,” responded White.
“He [Kimbo] never ever once got to call home. He never had any preferential treatment. His manager came and watched him fight and we’ve had other cases like that. Dan Henderson has had guys on the show. Henderson came and watched his guys. That’s all bullshit,” stated the clearly irritated UFC king.
When asked about a potential match up in December with Kimbo Slice and heavy-handed Houston Alexander, White would neither confirm nor deny the possibility of such a bout.
“You are going to have to wait and see. I can’t talk about that cause the show isn’t over yet. The great thing about The Ultimate Fighter is that it isn’t over till it’s over,“ he replied with a coy smile
White did become a bit somber when asked about the recent release from the organization, the controversial Junie Browning, following an arrest and suicide attempt on October 6, 2009.
“Junie Browning is a kid that I ended up really liking on The Ultimate Fighter. When he got off the show he got his life together and was doing really well for a while,” shared White. “It’s obvious that he is a kid who has a lot of issues and I was bummed out to hear that that happened to him… He blew it. He is going to have to get his life back on track and try and get back into the UFC.”
Lastly, White was asked about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s sudden retirement and if it was based on his poor performance as a coach on this season of The Ultimate Fighter. The UFC President dismissed that notion and stated, “His retirement has to do with him and I fighting. We are in a fight right now. We are not happy with each other and that’s why he did it.”
Ultimately, the UFC boss appeared to be in good spirits as he auditioned participants for The Ultimate Fighter 11, a season he says is all planned out and thinks people will be all excited about. Based on this season’s sky high ratings due in large part to Kimbo Slice, White may now have a new formula for continued reality show success.
You can watch the full interview with White below: