Aside from the UFC announcing that they’d found a big enough carrot to lead Chuck Liddell into retirement, the most news coming out of the UFC 125 press conference came from Dana White’s media scrum. Here’s what he said about the possibility of Brock Lesnar appearing at Wrestlemania:
UFC president Dana White insists that the only appearance Lesnar will be making there would be as a fan. “Like row three, seat 16,” White said. “Row three, seat 16, aisle two sounds good to me.”
White reiterated that Lesnar is restricted under the terms of his contract from doing a guest spot for any pro wrestling promotion without the UFC’s permission, and that permission is not coming anytime soon. Asked if he could discuss any developments in Lesnar’s potential return to the octagon, White took a deep breath and took a drink of water before answering.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The only question now is if this is a little fire or a big one like the voices always say I should start. He also explained why the UFC hooked up with ION for the UFC 125 prelims:
“Here’s the thing: I got these fans chirping at me on Twitter and everywhere else about, ‘Last time we couldn’t see the prelims,'” White explained. “We have so many dates with Spike TV where we do certain events, whether it’s Fight Nights or Ultimate Fighter Finales or UFC Prelims. Well, there’s a gap here where there were no prelims on TV. I’ve got fans going crazy chirping and bitching at me, so I go out and cut a deal.”
“Because this is a broadcast network – these guys are like CBS, NBC – I can deal with these guys in my contract,” White said. “I go out, and I make this deal, and the fans are like, ‘What’s an ION? They don’t have HD!’ Too [expletive] bad. I got it done. They’re on TV. They’re available in over 100 million homes. I got you the prelims.
That’s way too reasonable of an answer, goddamnit. How am I supposed to generate pageviews without some sexy drama between the UFC and Spike???