Dana White Talks Brock Lesnar, Rampage’s Status, Kimbo Slice in Person & More

– Yahoo recently ran a Q&A with UFC president Dana White, here are the highlights…



On The Return Of His Video Blogs: Everyone has been messaging me, everyone wants me to bring the video blogs back, from fans to [UFC co-owner] Lorenzo [Fertitta], these things pull a quarter-million hits just on YouTube. My video blog rates higher than most television shows do. I’m just going to be more conscious of what goes up there. I’m not trying to run around and flaunt my life, “Oh, look at this and look at that,” I just want it to be fun. The reality is, behind the scenes (footage) isn’t all that exciting. I’m not going around 24 hours a day shooting craps on the corner with guys. I’m sitting in my car going to the next [expletive] interview. How much of that can you watch?

On Kimbo Slice: Kimbo Slice the man, you watch the YouTube videos of this guy in backyards, and they start fighting and you think this guy’s a thug. You think he’s a bad guy, you have this perception of him and then you meet him, it isn’t true. It’s the exact opposite. He’s a really good guy. In the negotiations for “The Ultimate Fighter,” not once ever did he say, “Man, you talked some [expletive] about me.” He was all business.

On Making The Octagon Smaller: Actually, we’ve been talking about making the Octagon smaller. We’re considering making it smaller. [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva wants it. I think he wants to turn the thing into a [expletive] bathtub. Have them fight in a little tollbooth.

On His Relationship With Rampage: Nothing’s changed, but he’ll be back. He’ll fight. “Rampage” is mad right now, he’ll do his movie things, but we’ll figure it out. He knows this is where his money is.

On Taking A Gamble With Brock Lesnar: We sat down and talked. He came to an event, his people said, “We’d like to talk to you tonight.” So we went into a back room, started talking and he says, “I want to fight in the UFC.” I said, “Dude, you’re 1-0. This isn’t the place to learn how to fight. You fight in the smaller leagues and you work your way up.” He said, “I just fought in a smaller league (K-1’s 2007 card in Los Angeles). He said, “It was the worst experience of my life. Those people had no clue what they’re doing, it was amateur. I want to be with you guys.” The only reason I said yes was because of the athlete he is. He was one of the best college wrestlers in the country, he was a great athlete doing the WWE [expletive] he did and he almost made the Minnesota Vikings – they cut him because of his age, he was the last guy they cut. A guy who is that good of an athlete, and he has the star power that he had coming in behind him, I took a shot. You don’t see me do that too often.

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