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Dana White: UFC 83 is going to be the biggest UFC event ever

Dana White was a guest for TSN Podcast Centre to promote the UFC’s first ever Canadian show, UFC 83. In the interview White answers a number of questions on whether or not he puts himself ahead of the fighters, why the UFC is holding an event in Montreal and towards the end he does some word association with the host.

Interesting notes from the interview include White saying that UFC 83 will be the biggest UFC event ever and that he thinks Fedor Emelianenko is the “number 5 ranked heavyweight in the world” which – by going off some other recent comments by the UFC president – technically means he has been promoted.

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  • Evan says:

    “which – by going off some other recent comments by the UFC president – technically means he has been promoted.”

    hah…good stuff. I don’t think Dana ever really thought he wasn’t top 10 or whatever…his mouth gets out of control and flies above reason.

  • I’m sure Fedor will be delighted to find out that he is now in the top five, albeit just barely. Now Fedor joins the likes of Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring in the top five according to the same man.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    lol no Ivan, Herring WILL be in the top 5 if he beats Kongo. It’s very simple. Herring is above Fedor but below Nogueira even though I believe I remember Fedor mangling Herring so bad he could piss any other colour but purple for a while.

  • Al says:

    Anyone hear Joe Rogan’s comments on what Dana said about Fedor? Basically just calling it bullshit and man-loving Fedor (like we all do…)

  • ttt says:

    ufc 83 biggest ever as in the biggest crowd ever? it certainly ain’t the best card ever … unfortunately being in canada means that they must fit the canadian fighters in

  • paddiosf says:

    Joe hit right on the head…Fedor is still the #1HW…I like Dana and he’s the reason why where sitting here talking MMA but his mouth is sometimes to loose with his opinions of people…listening to what he has to say about Tito, I think he’s down after his next fight…and some of his answers like Mayweather being the best fighter ever..Please…..I thought Dana grew up watching boxing? I’ll just throw a few names out there….the Greatest ever ALi, Sugar Ray, Hagler…Mayweather isn’t in the same breath with them…he hasn’t had the Epic battles like these Warriors…..

  • Anton K says:

    Dana is hysterical. Tito’s a moron, or was that Frank S?

  • Patrick says:

    “Frank Shamrock” “Idiot”

    For some reason that really hit my funny bone.

  • bubbafat says:

    Yeah. The #5 heavyweight in the world beat his champ’s ass. Twice.
    Even though D.W. has recently acknowledged the need for a unified worldwide ranking system, he has to know that Fedor really won’t fall below third(even with inactivity and hokey opposition). Fedor is the man. On anybody’s ranking system he is on the pound for pound best list, and for good reason.

  • Grape Knee High says:

    I don’t know why you guys get worked up over whether Dana White think Fedor is #1 or #10. It’s just gamesmanship, the same way players and teams talk shit about their opponents. Right now, Fedor is on the other team, so Dana talks shit. There is a mass panty-bunch that occurs every time Dana says something like this and it is ridiculous.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Fedor’s recent fights remind me of a game we used to play in my neighborhood during the summer. It was called “kick the can.”

  • Kogepan says:

    Dana needs to shut his mouth before he does any more damage to the UFC. Seriously, is the guy trying to emulate Don King or something? He needs to stay in the background and let the fighters take the stage.

  • Jay K. says:

    “Seriously, is the guy trying to emulate Don King or something?”

    You finally noticed?

    UFC’s mainstream.
    MMA’s not mainstream.

    How many people would talk up Gary Shaw on a daily basis if he didn’t have a draw like Kimbo?

  • lee burns says:

    here is just one of my many ko’s i have a amature record of 18-4. i have a fight pound virginia on the 8th of november. lee burns-vs-hershel lane at the national gaurd armory in hazard ky in april 08


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