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.”