Dana White: “That’s what clowning around does for you.”

Dana White: “That’s what clowning around does for you.”

UFC President Dana White had a lot of praise to offer new middleweight champion Chris Weidman last night after the polished 29-year old handed former title-holder Anderson Silva the first knockout loss of his storied career. Still, while White was complimentary of Weidman’s accomplishment, the underlying theme to his take on the UFC 162 main event had more to do with Silva’s decision to showboat than the New Yorker’s ability to seal the deal.

“If he would’ve got serious and really tried to finish that fight, who knows what could have happened. But hats off to Weidman. Weidman kept his composure through everything…didn’t freak out, didn’t start goofing around back…kept his composure, kept throwing punches, kept trying to finish the fight and eventually did,” said White in an interview with Fuel TV.

Asked to elaborate on his initial statement, White explained, “There’s no doubt about it. He lost this fight because he got clipped with a hard punch to the chin while clowning around.”

“People who were here to cheer him on were cheering the other way when he got knocked out. That’s what clowning around does for you,” added the outspoken executive.

“He’s the greatest of all time. I figured he knew what the hell he was doing,” White joked in conclusion. “Who am I to question what he’s doing?”

White also mentioned the likelihood of a rematch being booked despite Silva’s comments about focusing on a future outside of the division, stating he thought “The Spider” was just trying to throw people off about his next move.

The full interview with White can be seen below:

4 COMMENTS
  • MickeyC says:

    I too think the rematch will be quick. Im sure his payday on any of the superfights would be greater if he entered as the champ. Than again if he rematches and looses again, would the superfights even happen?

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  • stone says:

    Chris won that fight beginning to end…I think Silva started clowning him on his feet to keep Weidman from going for the TD & GnP, and it worked but Weidman was a bit faster and more powerful than Silva thought…Silva got punched everytime he showboated and he tried to play it off like he was in control but in actuality, he NEVER was….Silva was faster but that’s about it

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  • Screenplaya says:

    I feel as though Weidman did fold a bit, but Silva kept on clowning. And then, Weidman, as he has clearly stated himself, decided to just go after him. And, he sent that dancing dbag to Neverland.

    I came into this fight pulling for Silva, but he lost me with his childish antics. Watching the smug prick get planted seemed like a Karmic outcome to me.

    I expect Anderson to destroy Weidman in the rematch, but he will forever be the top highlight in the reel of embarrassing losses in the combat sports, and he earned it.

    Interesting that Roy Jones Jr was in attendance, a great champ who lost his title to a lesser contender (Montel Griffin). . Both underestimated their opponent. The difference is that Roy lost on an unfortunate foul after his opponent took a knee, while Anderson got KTFO.

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  • Midget says:

    Anderson has fought with some disdain for his opponents before but showed it by waiting for them to do something instead of pushing the action himself (Leites, Cote, Maia fights). Against Bonner he really started clowning a lot more than usual especially against the cage. I think he continued that on with Weidman but forgot he wasn’t fighting a middle of the pack 205’er this time where his speed is far too significant to matter.

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