Tuesday, October 19, 2021

White Explains Why Hendo/Shogun Was Better For PPV Than Fox

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Following a bout that same of calling the greatest in UFC history, UFC President Dana White showed frustration at the post fight press conference when probed about why he chose Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez to headline the UFC on Fox debut instead of last night's UFC 139 main event of Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Velasquez lost the UFC Heavyweight title to Dos Santos via a first round knockout that some felt ended too quickly. White had received criticism for not choosing the Henderson/Shogun bout to showcase the UFC in it's network television debut.

Although a case could be made for both parties supporting either fight, White explained why the first round KO was better for TV than a five bloodbath/slugfest:

“If you could have like a (Rua-Henderson) type fight on TV, I mean, imagine what the number would get to. But that's not the fight you want for your first time on network television,” said White at the UFC 139 post-fight press conference. “I said it before and I'll say it again: if I could go back in a time machine and do the FOX fight over again, it would be done the same exact way. Exactly the same way. The hardcores can bitch about that fight, I could care less what they think about that fight. I don't care. And people are like, 'Oh, you don't care what the fans think?' No, I do not care what you think. That fight had to go the way that it went because none of you guys understands what goes on behind the scenes. If that fight that happened tonight went on FOX for the first time ever, let me tell you what, I would not be having a good time these last five or six days.”

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