It seems like the only person still denying the Chuck vs Wandy fight at this point is Dana White. At UFC 77, Wanderlei Silva was busy telling everyone from the beer vendors to the pretzel twisters how he was going to fight Chuck on New Years Eve. And of course you all saw the little screwup on the DirectTV site announcing the fight as well.
Follow this up with UFC.com briefly including Chuck vs Wand in their summary for UFC 78 and now the only person who hasn’t said ‘yes, it’s gonna happen’ is Dana White. He’s still saying it’s a big maybe, which seems pretty absurd considering how many leaks have appeared at this point.
So what’s the deal? Why the hell is Dana still denying this? Simple answer: he’s milking the situation. The more “Will they / Won’t they” that goes on for this fight, the more hyped everyone gets. It wouldn’t surprise me if Dana White goes out and officially calls the match off through his cronies at Yahoo before finally announcing the bout a week later.
This is following the unfortunate trend of misinformation flowing out from UFC management in order to manipulate people’s perceptions to improve sales. Just look at the Bisping / Evans fight … the word given to the Telegraph is that the winner will receive a title shot, but insiders within the UFC are laughing at that idea. So what’s up with that shit? Is it the Telegraph which got the news wrong or are they being fed bullshit by the UFC?
I wonder … how long will the UFC get away with feeding obviously false information to the press before they start taking Dana White to task for the all the lies being spread?