Dana White made it clear last night that he was thoroughly impressed by the efforts of the fighters who competed on the UFC on Versus 4 fight card, which aired live on Versus from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The card appeared severely wounded by the eleventh hour removal of main event fighter Nate Marquardt, but thanks to Charlie Brenneman, who stepped up on equally late notice to face off against Rick Story, the card went ahead as scheduled and will likely go down as one of the most exciting non-pay-per-view fight cards that the UFC has ever promoted.
UFC president Dana White expressed his pleasure with the fighters at the post-fight press conference.
“It’s the way these guys are,” White said. “I was sitting next to (Pittsburgh Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin tonight, and one of the things he was saying was that the reason he loves the UFC so much is because we make the fights, the fights always get made. You’re pumped to come see a card, the first time ever in Pittsburgh. Bad things happen, but we still put it together… It’s not just the UFC. It’s these guys stepping up to the plate and seizing the opportunities.”
White was especially impressed by Brenneman, who not only accepted the fight against Story on one day’s notice, but defeated the surging welterweight contender in what White describes as a “Rocky story.”
“His fight tonight was a Rocky story,” White said. “He’s in his hometown, and he gets the shot at the guy who’s hot and on his way to a title shot. He comes in and wins it. That’s the thing about this sport. You never know who’s going to win.”