“UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson” is officially a wrap, and what a spectacular show it was. For those that didn’t want to sit through an hour of Q&A, we’ve provided the key notes from the post-fight press conference for your reading pleasure:
Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua were taken directly to the hospital and didn’t attend the presser.
Dana White (Pictured) said the Henderson vs. Shogun scrap was easily one of the top 3 fights of all time. That was MMA’s Ali/Frazier III.
He thought the fight was a draw, giving Shogun a 10-8 score in the 5thRound.
White professed Henderson can compete for the title at middleweight and light heavyweight.
Although it was an instant classic, he still wouldn’t have changed the FOX fight (Velasquez/Dos Santos) to Shogun/Hendo. The MMA world appreciated it, but their new market wouldn’t have understood the war that went on tonight. They need to take baby steps in educating the mainstream market.
Urijah Faber can’t wait to fight Dominick Cruz again.
Wanderlei Silva doesn’t look at the win as though he shut up his detractors. He’s just pleased he could make his fans happy.
White reiterated that the company loves Wandy and they will not allow him to stick around too long. When it’s time, they will talk.
Martin Kampmann wasn’t too happy about his performance in the opening round. He knew he got the last two rounds. He thought he might get hosed by the judges again, though.
Silva claimed Le’s kicks hurt pretty badly.
White said he doesn’t care either way if Henderson fights at 185 or 205. Although Hendo preciously said he doesn’t want to cut to middleweight, White said he knows Henderson will take a title fight if it’s there.
White is mad that the ref didn’t step in to save Tom Lawlor before he went to sleep.
He felt the stoppage in Le’s fight was warranted because his face is busted up right now. He prefers for fights to be stopped too early than too late.
White confirms Rashad Evans (205), Chael Sonnen (185) and Faber (135) are the top contenders in their respective divisions.
The early attendance number was 13,173 and garnered $1.268 million at the gate.
White didn’t confirm the date for the UFC’s return to Brazil. He stated he’s not sure if Anderson Silva will be on the card, but he said it with a sheepish smile (hint, hint).
Faber is convinced Cruz is not a better fighter than him and is anxious to prove it once and for all.
White confirmed Faber vs. Cruz III will not headline the UFC’s next show on FOX.
Faber credits his “Hippie parents” for being able to perform at this level at this stage in his career. His mom used to drink wheatgrass when he was in the womb. He doesn’t take any supplements.
White says next year’s schedule is going to be hectic with the way “The Ultimate Fighter” is set up, but he expects great TV numbers.
Faber pushes White to let him and Cruz coach opposite each other on next season of TUF.
White thinks Michael McDonald looked awesome.
That’s all, folks.