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Dana White was all the way over in Abu Dhabi last month. It was a big day for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its president, his mixed martial arts promotion making its first live appearance in the Middle East.

A big crowd had shown up. There were all sorts of curious media. The buzz was palpable. Then in the main event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva started acting, as White put it, ”like an [expletive].”

Silva wouldn’t attack opponent Demian Maia even though Silva, arguably the best fighter in the world, could’ve knocked him out with ease. Instead Silva, danced and pranced and made silly faces and made a mockery of the sport.

All the while White sat by the Octagon and fumed. Soon enough he did what he always does during every UFC pay-per-view card: check his Twitter account on his cell phone to get the pulse of the public. The messages rolled in from
outraged fans around the world. They’d paid about $45 to watch a fight. Instead they got a clown show.
”I always check my Twitter, although I didn’t need to during that fight,” White said this week. ”I knew how bad it was even before I saw all the comments coming in.”

The UFC returns to pay-per-view Saturday with a card in Montreal featuring a light heavyweight (205-pound) championship rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio ”Shogun” Rua.

White is doing his usual work promoting it, although the memory of Dhabi has left him a bit humbled and perhaps even a little gun shy. Those are two descriptions rarely used with the bombastic promoter who helped build his company from a fledgling enterprise to a global, billion-dollar entity in less than a decade.

Perhaps White’s most endearing quality is that as his personal wealth has grown, as his power and influence has soared and as the need to defend the UFC brand has become paramount, he’s never lost touch with those fans that put down their hard-earned money to watch his fighters fight.

He still feels their pain when the UFC, for whatever reason, doesn’t deliver. He can’t forget feeling the same feeling when he’d bought boxing shows as a kid. So there’s no sugar-coating things. There are no carefully crafted press releases. When the card goes bad, White’s the first to acknowledge it and react to it.

White walked out of the Silva debacle, refusing to put the belt on his champion in a public show of disgust. He then delivered the following opening statement to the media:

”I’ll answer the questions about what a disgrace the main event was and what an embarrassment it is,” White said. ”I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in 10 years of being in this business.”

Later he threatened to cut Silva from the promotion if there’s another similar performance.

”At the end of the day, I’m a fight fan,” White said. ”I’m very proud of the product we have built here. I’m proud that I know we deliver and when fans put down $45 they are going to get a good product.

”I think of myself being the guy at home. And sometimes it isn’t even the 45 bucks. You may have a bunch of guys over chipping in five dollars. It’s about wasting an evening of your life.

”We all work. We are all busy. We all have families. There are a lot of options on a night off. To spend it on something that sucks, I can’t stand that.”

Many fans love Dana White. Others don’t. No one can say he doesn’t care though.

You aren’t going to find another commissioner in sports reading through Twitter comments during a boring game and then immediately blasting the participants, let alone a star of the level of Anderson Silva.

It’s rare the suits do anything but try to spin the bad into good. It’s rare they even admit a substandard product or acknowledge any deficiency.

Not White. He takes it to another level.

”It was borderline crazy,” White said of Silva. ”He needed a psychological evaluation after the fight.”

White sighed. The memory kills him. His company puts on dozens of events annually, produces hours and hours of television programming and handles hundreds of fighters. Yet one horrible event grinds him.

”There’s nothing I can do about that,” he said. ”It was our first time in the Middle East. The first event [many people in attendance] had even seen. They’re [saying], ‘OK, I’ve heard all this hype about the UFC, let’s go.’ And then they get that?

”There’s no doubt whatsoever we lost some people.”

White’s plan with Silva is two more fights at middleweight (against Chael Sonnen in Oakland this August and then, if victorious, Vitor Belfort). If Silva wins those, White said he wants him to move up in weight class permanently. Fights against big, dangerous guys such as Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson or even Brock Lesnar will force Silva to compete.

In the meantime, White is back trying to sell another card of fights.

”My job is to get out there and get back on the horse. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this is a great card. I’ll do that every time.”

There’s no way to ever predict what will or won’t happen inside the Octagon – the fighters are in control once the cage door is locked. Saturday’s title bout could be legendary. It could fall well short. It’s the same with the rest of the good, solid card.

The only guarantee fans get is that Dana White will check his Twitter account to read what you think. And he’ll actually care.
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He still needs to fight Vitor though......Vitor is a style Anderson hasn't fought. A serious striker with KO power and insanely fast hands. Silva has beaten wrestlers before, not strikers.
 

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He still needs to fight Vitor though......Vitor is a style Anderson hasn't fought. A serious striker with KO power and insanely fast hands. Silva has beaten wrestlers before, not strikers.
yeah especially at MW which is where he should of been fighting in the beginning. i was so pissed when he had to pull out because of his shoulder injury.
 

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Nice.
Something i agree on.
He should definitely fight Vitor Belfort.
It would be a very interesting fight.
Vitor's striking is top notch, i have him in the TOP 3, with JDS and Silva.
I am looking forward to Silva fighting Vitor.
 

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"Fights against big, dangerous guys such as Rashad Evans"

I started laughing uncontrollably when I read this. Andy would dwarf Rashad if you put them next to eachother. Hell Rashad should move down to 185 after Rampage fist rapes him.
 

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Anderson would kill Vitor. Vitor's style plays right into Silva's game. Vitor comes forward, Silva backs up or side steps and hits him right in the jaw a few times......down goes Vitor.

Sonnen is the tougher fight and I still have Silva as a wide favorite. I'll start paying attention to Anderson again when he moves up.
 

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Bleh

Please, make the Anderson fight happen, even if he loses. Vitor will not beat Sonnen, just wont happen in my opinion, but he has a great chance against Anderson. Its a fight the fans want to see.

Either way, let Vitor make this decision. He has been at the higher weights before and it caused him to be lazy and not train as hard as he would have. Then he gasses and has weird fights.
 

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He still needs to fight Vitor though......Vitor is a style Anderson hasn't fought. A serious striker with KO power and insanely fast hands. Silva has beaten wrestlers before, not strikers.
That's not strictly true ... Anderson has fought only one wrestler in Hendo, who was beating until he turned into a wannabe striker.

On the other hand, he has fought plenty of guys that would qualify as strikers ... Lee Murray, Leben, Franklin x 2, Marquardt, Cote, Forrest and so on.

I do agree though that he's never faced a fast, powerful, technical, top striker like himself. Many of those guys like Leben, Forrest and Cote were slow, untechnical, windmilling bums that couldn't compete in a striking sport like K1 if their life depended on it. The closest he's faced was Murray, and Vitor is a much faster and more technical version of Murray.

So yeah Vitor would definitely be something new and dangerous style wise, I really wanna see that fight too.
 

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Silva has beat strikers but no where near the caliber to Vitor's hands. With Hendo and Forrest, they arent known for their fast hands and can be somewhat predictable for somebody as fast as Silva. Vitor has amazingly fast hands with power to KO him possibly, He hasnt faced that type of fighter yet.
 

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If Shogun wins the title they need to nix all those plans.

Shogun vs Anderson for the LHW belt.

then he can vacate the MW belt AFTER he is the 1st person in history to have both.

if you gonna have this guy for a little while longer, Dana, and it doesnt look like there are any fights other then HW you can really "punish" him with and you cant make him fight HW.....

better to just make the maxium $ off him. if you challenge him with Shogun he wont be mocking Shogun IMO.

Shogun isnt Demian Maia, who many said (including myself) would be embarrassingly outclassed. he was.

but i guess landing 1 strike in 2 rounds deserves the Champions full respect and dedication....
 

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If Shogun wins the title they need to nix all those plans.

Shogun vs Anderson for the LHW belt.

then he can vacate the MW belt AFTER he is the 1st person in history to have both.

if you gonna have this guy for a little while longer, Dana, and it doesnt look like there are any fights other then HW you can really "punish" him with and you cant make him fight HW.....

better to just make the maxium $ off him. if you challenge him with Shogun he wont be mocking Shogun IMO.

Shogun isnt Demian Maia, who many said (including myself) would be embarrassingly outclassed. he was.

but i guess landing 1 strike in 2 rounds deserves the Champions full respect and dedication....
I agree with this.

I am rooting for Machida, but won't be that mad if he loses because it opens many more match ups in the future biggest being Anderson Silva.
 

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Shogun made it clear upon entering the UFC.

He wants the belt, anybody standing in the way will be an opponent.

friends, training partners, brazilians. w/e.

the way it should be.

wonder if he would fight Wandy tho?? guess it doesnt matter anymore
 

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I agree with this.

I am rooting for Machida, but won't be that mad if he loses because it opens many more match ups in the future biggest being Anderson Silva.
I still dont think so.... Lets say Shogun beats Machida.... You think Machida is going to stop fighting or leave that weight class? No... And if Machida is STILL going for the LHW belt, then why would Anderson want it....

That would mean they would have to fight, and Anderson already said he didn't want the belt because of Machida, and that wouldn't change....

And i remember Anderson saying that even before Machida even got the belt... I'm looking for the Vid....
 

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Shogun made it clear upon entering the UFC.

He wants the belt, anybody standing in the way will be an opponent.

friends, training partners, brazilians. w/e.

the way it should be.

wonder if he would fight Wandy tho?? guess it doesnt matter anymore
yeah thats the way it should be also shogun and wand nearly met in the pride GP which would have been a helluva fight...that shogun would have won:thumb02:

but i can see why machida and silva won't fight.
 

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He still needs to fight Vitor though......Vitor is a style Anderson hasn't fought. A serious striker with KO power and insanely fast hands. Silva has beaten wrestlers before, not strikers.
anderson used to fight pure muay thai, i'm sure he can handle strikers
 
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