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Dana White on Randy Couture: “I consider the guy a friend”

White_CoutureEither cooler heads are prevailing or the UFC spin machine is back in full force surrounding the Randy Couture retirement/resignation situation.

Regardless, it seems that Dana White is sounding a bit more humane in his recent comments at the UFC 77 pre-fight press conference. Instead of pushing his agenda, White actually seems somewhat genuine, calling Couture his friend and revealing a touching moment between he and BJ Penn:

“The biggest loss for me is that I consider the guy a friend. We all have different paths to walk down..I don’t know what he’s doing. The things that hurts the most is he called us liars. I can tell you Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta have never lied to anyone. The whole thing is mind-boggling.”

“This is not Randy Couture. He’s upset. If this was Tito. I would sit up here and tell you 50 million bad things about the guy. Sometimes friends fight. We’ll see what happens.”

“There isn’t anyone taking better care of fighters than us,” said White, who confirmed that he was in Hawaii with B.J. Penn when he got news of the Couture resignation. “B.J. left and realized it wasn’t a great situation over (in Japan). I was with B.J. the day (Couture resigned) and he said I wish I call to talk to Randy”

White also comments on the prospect of other fighters leaving in the same manner as Couture:

“If these guys were unhappy, they’d just walk out. You’ve got a lot of people, Mark Cuban and Showtime, throwing money around. IFL has thrown so much around they’ve almost put themselves out of business. I’ve got guys on 3,4,5,6 fight deals. Why are they re-signing?”

True to form, White still dropped a few F-bombs but at least he came off less abrasive this time around. Could this be a sneak peak at a kinder, gentler Dana White? Only time will tell…

Read the full article and more quotes from DW on Mr. Sunshine’s blog.