Dana White: “I have time to fix this one and we’ll figure something out.”

The notion of having to pull a few fights out of a magic matchmaking hat is nothing new to UFC President Dana White. The outspoken executive has never shied away from discussing the struggles involved in running a MMA organization like the UFC, especially where replacing injured fighters is concerned.

Of course, losing an upcoming card’s co-headliner and main event in an hour-long span is uniquely troublesome as was the case yesterday when featherweight champion Jose Aldo and light heavyweight star Quinton Jackson both had to back out of October 13 fights at UFC 153. However, White feels he and his team are up to the challenge and thankful they at least have a month to go before the lights dim in the arena.

“I have time to fix this one and we’ll figure something out,” stated a confident White in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “It’s a tough one, man. It’s part of the business. It is what it is and we have to deal with it.”

White also admitted Aldo’s opponent, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, had been hit hard by the news.

“Frankie Edgar is devastated right now. He comes off that controversial loss in his last fight, gets another title-shot, steps up to the plate, starts investing in another camp and spending money to train again, and now Aldo’s hurt,” offered White. “This kid can’t catch a break either.”

No replacements have been named in either bout though Donald Cerrone and Urijah Faber have both offered to fight Edgar if necessary. Rumors have also pegged Wanderlei Silva and Lyoto Machida as possibly seeing action at the event in the wake of Aldo/Jackson withdrawing.

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14 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    Faber vs Edgar would be a great match up. I would pay for that for sure.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Faber in another main event is not appealing to me. He’s a cool dude, I respect him as a fighter, but at this point he should not be carrying a PPV card. He oughtta be closer to the lead-in free TV fights to get people excited to buy the PPV card than the main event.

    As for Frankie, if he’s already invested a lot in his training camp and is still down to fight, then so be it. But with Aldo out, I’d rather they not rush him into his FW debut just 6 weeks after a 5-round title fight at LW.

    To restore this card, Silva vs. Rashad is the way to go. Ideally at 205, but if Silva has qualms about the weight then a 195 catch-weight might do the trick.

    But one way or another just get Silva on the card. Doesn’t really matter who he fights, as long as his belt isn’t on the line. Anderson Silva in the main event, especially in his home country, will easily save that card. Plus the dude has fought only one freaking time in the past 12 months, which amounted to just over one round of work in dispatching Chael. There’s nothing on the immediate horizon for Silva and at 37 years old he’s collecting dust on the sidelines…get him back in the damn cage!

    Speaking of Chael, Glover Teixeira needs an opponent after Rampage dropped out. Where is tough guy & company man Chael at now? He’s willing to step up to be the courageous hero when a free title shot & payday is up for grabs, but how does he feel about helping save an event when it means being fed to Glover? After Anderson Silva, the next easiest sell For UFC 153 is sending Chael’s ass down to Brazil to fight.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I like your post Stabone but with Chael I dont think he will be able to go to Brazil just yet, even though it does make sense. Personally I hope they get a guy at 205 to fight Glover so both guys have a chance to move up in there division where a MW moving up really does nothing for him, unless it is Silva of course.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I don’t necessarily disagree with you but–right or wrong, fair or otherwise–a win over Chael would be much more noteworthy for Glover than most potential LHW opponents, especially a short-notice replacement. I mean, Chael is a guy a huge number of fans were downright pissed off didn’t get the opportunity to compete for the LHW title a couple weekends ago. Rampage was an ideal matchup to help Glover climb the rankings & gain notariety among fans but, the way the UFC works, a Chael matchup isn’t far behind.

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  • trupert says:

    Yeah, seems like an easy fix.
    To fight Edgar, I would not do Cerrone or Faber but instead do Mendes or Lamas.

    To fight Glover, Wandy, Lyoto, Lil’Nog or Rashad all make perfect sense.

    Wandy (if he wants to stay at MW) could fight Herman or a prospect like Markes, Craig or Phillippou

    Other wild cards would be:
    Werdum vs Mark Hunt
    Big Nog says he’s available
    Add another LHW from Brazil like the above mentioned Lyoto, Lil’Nog or Wandy.

    …I’d save the ‘comeback’ of CroCop by having him fight Barnett in SF.

    and while I’m looking at the ranking and who needs fights, I’d do:
    Jimmo vs Lyoto or Lil’Nog (whichever one doesn’t fight Glover)
    Bonnar (who says he doesn’t want to fight a prospect) vs Rashad II
    Vera vs Bader
    Te Huna is your injury back-up for any of the above LHW fights.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Glover is a Brazilian himself, so having him face Chael rather than squeezing in a fellow Brazilian seems like a better play.

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  • MCM says:

    I like the idea of Glover/Sonnen. I hadn’t thought much about who Glover should be fighting, but fighting Chael is definitely a good way to make a name for himself. Unfortunately, I think fanoftna33 is right, it might be too early to have Chael visiting Rio.
    Glover vs Machida would be a good fight for both guys, although I’m not sure who the fans would route for. Maybe Texeira takes a small step down and fights Jimmo or Bonnar.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    No discrimination from the thumbs-down warrior in this thread.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Cyborg v Edgar at 145.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Now would be a great time to bring in a strikeforce guy to fill the gap even if its for one fight only. cyborg is a geeat idea.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    SF would be a good place to get fillers but all the top guys are getting ready for a fight at LW, Melemdez, Thompson, both are fighting this month and you cant take them off that card, they do have Jacare but he just fought and probably could not be ready in time.

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  • trupert says:

    Speaking of SF fillers….while thier LHW builds up contenders, have Mousasi come in and fight Glover?

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  • trupert says:

    ‘…they are..’ not ‘..thier..’ wtf is thier? :o)

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Good thought Trupert Mousasi would be a great replacement.

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