Once again, after the jump to protect people from horrible searing spoilers of doom.
Dana is pissed off. Cagewriter has the details:
Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole reported that White took Silva’s belt, threw it down after the fourth round and walked to the back. When White came into the postfight press conference, he exploded without much prodding.
“Believe me, I’ll answer the questions of what a disgrace the main event was,” said White. “To end it the way that we did was an embarrassment for me, the UFC, the Fertittas and the UAE.”
White was even more incensed than he was after Silva’s wacky performances at UFC 90 and UFC 97, saying this one took the cake.
“If you’re that talented, be Mike Tyson. go in there and finish,” said White. “I’m so blown away and disgusted and saddened.”
White also said Silva may be the first UFC champ to fight on the non-televised prelims in the future. While waiting for Silva to show up, he also said he hoped he didn’t show up.
“I dont know how yet, but I will make this up to the fans,” said White.
The silver lining in all this is whenever we get a total turd of a main event, Dana tries to sort something out as a peace offering. When Ken Shamrock turned Ortiz vs Shamrock 2 into a debacle with his standard flash KO denial, we got Ortiz vs Shamrock 3 on SpikeTV. Okay, not much of a silver lining since it was practically a repeat. But still, it’s the thought that counts, right?
And anyways, as we saw again tonight, the undercards are often where the magic happens anyways. So if Dana’s answer is a free throw together card on Spike (I’m indifferent to Silva’s participation), I’ll be more than consoled. Then again, I didn’t travel to Abu Dhabi and shell out major cash for the event.
Meanwhile, Anderson Silva doesn’t sound as apologetic as he did in the cage with Joe Rogan. Here’s an amalgamation of quotes coming from Ariel Helwani’s twitter:
“Unfortunately, not every fight turned out the way everyone would like. Demian disrespected me, not as a person, but as a fighter. I’m not too sure what [jiu-jitsu] school Demian came from. I sent a message because he disrespected morally by the things that he said. I’m a black belt, and would never say the things that he said. I don’t feel like I owe anyone an apology right now. Sometime’s fights turn out good, sometimes they turn out bad. The way I feel, my mission was completed, I came in and dominated the fight, I did what I had to do, That’s how I feel.”
It seems to me like Anderson Silva has taken his whole “Win fights without getting damaged” philosophy to wacky new levels. Joe Rogan was saying he thought maybe Anderson Silva was exhausted. I have a hunch he clowned for three rounds and then coasted for the final two, just to make some kind of stupid point. What point? I dunno. A similar one to the points he made in the Cote and Leites fights?