UFC’s Dana White: Silva-Belfort could be great — or a staring contest

By USA Today

LAS VEGAS — The head of the Ultimate Fighting Championship openly admits that Saturday’s main event between middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort could turn out to be a stinker.

“We both know what these guys are capable of, and what kind of fight this could be,” UFC President Dana White said Wednesday. “But if things go wrong because of the way that both these guys are sometimes, it could be the worst staring competition in the history of the world.”

Anderson is a pretty playful guy away from the cameras, but you don’t see much of that on the dais at these press conferences. Do you wish that he might show a little bit more of himself?

Dana White: Listen, to be honest with you, when I’ve got to sit through these press conferences with “Yes” and “No” answers and stuff like that — we’ve all come to learn that that’s what’s going to happen. You know you’re never going to get crazy (crap) out of him. He’s not going to tell you what he’s really thinking. That’s never going to happen.

I don’t give a (crap) if he sits there and doesn’t say a word for an entire press conference. As long as he shows up on Saturday night and fights, I’m fine with that. Listen, at the end of the day, we don’t pay $50 to hear him speak. We pay to see him fight. As long as he shows up on Saturday and fights, that’s all I care about.

Everybody’s so excited about this fight. Not just the other fights that are on the card, but this main event fight, because we know what both of these fighters are capable of doing. We all know.

I’m going to be honest here — I’m not going to be a promoter here, but let’s be honest. This thing could be the most dynamic, incredible (freaking) fight we’ve ever seen — or the worst staring competition in the history of mankind. All I care about is that both these guys come and let it go and fight the fight we know we could possibly see.


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