Dana White: 'I lied to Faber'

source: mmajunkie.com

When injured UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was forced out of a title fight with his rival coach on TUF: Live, Faber was slated for an interim title at UFC 148.

While Renan Barao ultimately got the Faber fight, UFC President DanaWhite wanted to break the news on the May 18 edition of "TUF: Live."

So when Faber called him before the announcement, White wasn't sure what to do.

"So I lied to him," White admitted. "This show, even though it's not live, we want to break some s--- on the show. With you f---ers, it's tough to do. You're out looking for the next big (scoop).

"I knew if I told him, he's going to tell his camp. His camp is going to go tell this guy and that guy, and that's how this thing going to get out. So I said, 'You're fighting Ivan Menjivar.'"

"When Barao was announced, [Urijah] had no idea. That's why I said, 'Sorry bro'."

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WikiTheWalrus site profile image  

5/27/12 11:05 AM by WikiTheWalrus

Not even worth it.

UGCTT_LnPninja site profile image  

5/27/12 10:39 AM by UGCTT_LnPninja

 If you listened to what went down, Dana tried telling everyone to wait until the show. This however led everyone to draw the same conclusion. Barao. Even his own reporter was saying it can only be McDonald or Barao... Then news came out that McD had broken his hand.  Everyone KNEW at that point it would be Barao. Dana wanted to get some good footage of Faber truly being surprized, so he lied for 2 days to get the reaction.  It made for good tv.  Dana is a hypocrite for being so upset with Overeem, but they are two very different lies as far as magnitude and importance. 

WikiTheWalrus site profile image  

5/27/12 10:33 AM by WikiTheWalrus

It's not that hard to tell the truth. Dana could have easily said "we want to break the news on TUF Live. I can't tell you beforehand."Would Faber gripe? Yeah, probably. Would he think he was going to fight someone else? Nope.

fightharder site profile image  

5/27/12 12:17 AM by fightharder

Anyways its rough for Faber because he taught he was getting a way easier fight. I am not sure he is going to take this.

fightharder site profile image  

5/27/12 12:16 AM by fightharder

What can i say....kind of epic.Anyways lying at times is not that bad. I do not resent Dana for lying. Though it is kind of annoying when he is unable to forgive people who lie to him.

3 Sided Square site profile image  

5/26/12 8:13 PM by 3 Sided Square

So instead of lying to him, he should have lied to him?

lookoutawhale site profile image  

5/26/12 8:06 PM by lookoutawhale

 what i was thinking too.

stonepony site profile image  

5/26/12 8:04 PM by stonepony

Hardly a scandal.

Humphrey site profile image  

5/26/12 7:48 PM by Humphrey

nope he didn't have to lie that way either.but it's nice to see how a dishonest person thinks isn't it? see a stand up guy that's not a liar would just say 'we'll announce it on the show, don't worry' instead of doing a low life lie instead.

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

5/26/12 7:46 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

 Dana lied?