Although it has been nearly a month since UFC 112 went down in Abu Dhabi, and despite the fact that we sit squarely on the eve of one of the most anticipated rematches in MMA history, UFC President Dana White is still answering questions about Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s clowning at UFC 112: Invincible.
White fielded questions at Thursday’s UFC 113 pre-fight press conference pertaining to the reparations he promised to make to fans who were disappointed at having paid for UFC 112.
“I’ll get on my Twitter every once in a while and people will be like, ‘Hey, when are you making it up to us?'” said White, transcribed by MMAJunkie.com. “Give me some [expletive] time. I will. I’ve got to find the right time and the right opportunity.”
Most assume that the UFC will likely put together a solid card and broadcast it live in conjunction with either of their basic cable partners, Spike TV or Versus. As usual White is playing this one close to the chest; hinting at, instead of committing to, exactly what it is he plans to do to make good on his promise to the fans.
“Maybe it is taking a fight and putting it on free TV,” White said.
It is hard to think what White and company would do beyond that; selling tickets for less or charging less for a pay-per-view somewhere down the line just doesn’t sound feasible and anything less will likely leave fans unsatisfied. If it does turn out that we will get to enjoy a pay-per-view quality show for free on cable, according to White it will definitely not feature the man responsible for all of this, Anderson Silva.
“Everybody wanted to see, for instance, Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen on free TV because Anderson Silva did that,” White said. “He makes way too much money to put on free TV. You can’t do it. You’d get murdered.”
It is debatable as to whether or not making up for Anderson Silva’s antics falls within White’s realm of responsibility. What is for sure is that many fans were disappointed with UFC 112 and while few of them are expecting a refund of their pay-per-view purchases, most of them expect White to live up to his word and make up for UFC 112 one way or another.