Dana White: Putting Leben vs. Brunson on the PPV was a mistake


Although he voiced personal and professional support for Chris Leben, UFC president Dana White said he regrets his decision to put Leben vs. Derek Brunson on the main card PPV at UFC 155 Saturday night.

"I love Chris Leben, personally and professionally," said White at the post fight press conference. "But tonight, I think I made a mistake putting him on the pay-per-view. I should have had him on the undercard. He's been off with personal problems for a while. He's had a lot of time off, and he looked slow tonight. I wasn't crazy about that fight. That wasn't my favorite fight of the night, that's for damn sure."

"The other kid (Brunson) was looking at the clock like he was a 14-year-old waiting for school to get out the entire fight – looking at the clock. You're in the UFC your first time, and I wasn't very impressed."

"There was another fight that was starting the show, and I switched it. Believe me, Joe Silva ran over and let me know he told me that. And he was right. Joe, you're smart, I'm dumb – I get it."

"Chris Leben loves to fight – there's no doubt about that," he said. "The biggest challenge in Chris Leben's life is battling his demons. We try to help him as much as we can. I love the kid."

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aluminum_rooster site profile image  

1/1/13 2:29 AM by aluminum_rooster

only thing Dana appreciates is when he looks real smart....Brunson is as one dimensional as Leben....anyone that has good jits and TDD will terrorize him.I am SICK of watching fighters who aren't well rounded.Yo

Dillon70 site profile image  

1/1/13 2:11 AM by Dillon70

Truth. You would think Dana would appreciate a guy taking a short notice fight...

YHTOMIT2001 site profile image  

1/1/13 1:28 AM by YHTOMIT2001

He came into a fight on like 8 days notice where they were clearly trying to feed him to a big name. He did what he had to do and won. That's the way it goes sometimes

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

1/1/13 1:23 AM by Ryann Von Doom

The objective is to win, yes.. but also to finish. You don't always get that, but you make the attempt to at any chance you have.. Brunson did not, not even once. 

Reed Rothchild site profile image  

1/1/13 1:19 AM by Reed Rothchild

Yup... Next time Brunson is on... Time toTake a 15 minute dump

YHTOMIT2001 site profile image  

1/1/13 12:44 AM by YHTOMIT2001

The objective is to win. As a fighter you would love to finish everyone but this isn't a video game and it doesn't always work out that way

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

12/31/12 9:15 PM by Ryann Von Doom

Yes, yes I can. The objective of the fight is to finish your opponents. He clearly did not.   Isn't it funny how we've switched positions in defending Dana? lol

Farewell Brock site profile image  

12/31/12 8:55 PM by Farewell Brock

Or get sttod up in side control.

epwar site profile image  

12/31/12 6:41 PM by epwar

But can you blame Brunson?  He wanted to win in the biggest opportunity of his career.  Unfortunately for him, he works for a guy who is a vindictive power freak who gets pissy when things do go like he planned them so Brunson's career is pretty much dead now.   The sad part is no MMA media will stand up to Dana.  No one said, "It is a sport.  Isn't the ultimate (haha) goal to win?"  

Phisher site profile image  

12/31/12 4:31 PM by Phisher

  The shit that Brunson is getting from DFW is more proof that this isn't a real sport. The head of the promotion and the fans are pissed that dude didn't go out there and stick his chin up in the air for Leben to land a money shot.   Bruson is a relatively inexperienced fighter who took the fight on almost no notice. While he didn't look great in there, people are exaggerating how bad his performance was. He advanced position when he took Leben down and landed damaging shots on the ground. He also outlanded Leben and connected with hard shots when they were standing. If I hadn't watched the fight, I would assume that Brunson went in there and pulled the same act that Starnes did against Quarry based on the reaction to the fight. It's mind-boggling that Leben is getting no flack at all for looking like he was drunk in that fight and doing very little besides throwing an occasional lunging punch against a guy who was brought in specifically to make him look good. And LOL @ the people who are feigning indignation about Brunson being happy that he won the fight. Dude had shit year. He got jobbed against Grove, KO'd by Jacare and was prevented from being on TUF because he was under contract with Strikeforce like a month before it was announced the promotion was ending. Then he ends up getting a call to fight in the UFC when he hasn't been training at all and actually manages to win when everybody expected him to get slept in the first round. Yeah, how dare that guy celebrate?   MMA fans are the biggest assortment of douchebags on the fucking planet.