It’s fight week hype week, UFC President Dana White made
an appearance on FOX Sports Live to chat with Charissa Thompson
about UFC 167’s scintillating scuffles, the company’s
most momentous milestone on its 20th anniversary, and to lightly
touch on a potpourri of problems like Jon Jones fighting football
players and Nick Diaz’s pseudo-retirement.
The main story is the main event as Johny “Bigg
Rigg” Hendricks challenges UFC welterweight champion
Georges St-Pierre. White mentions St-Pierre has been seen
focusing a lot on his striking because of Hendricks’ knockout
power, but believes Hendricks’ famed 2x NCAA Division I
National Champion wrestling credentials will play a much larger
role in the title bout. As for the rumors of the current
champ’s retirement, White says, “I think he’s got
plenty of time left; it just depends on how much longer he wants to
As for UFC 167’s other high profile welterweight bout
featuring a well-rounded Canadian versus a heavy-handed American,
the UFC Prez insists if Rory MacDonald beats Robbie Lawler and if
St-Pierre is still champ then those two teammates should fight.
“You cannot be the man unless you beat the man,” tells
White quoting “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
On the topic of greatest moment in company history, White
offers, “If I had to pick one thing that was our greatest
accomplishment or my biggest moment – it would have to be the FOX
Lastly, 9x NBA All-star Gary “The Glove” Payton made
steal 2,446 by asking White for free tickets for Saturday’s
fights. Absolutely shameless.