UFC 139 Post-Fight Press Conference Notes
The boss speaks...
--UFC President Dana White gave the co-main event and main event Fight of the Night bonuses. All bonuses are $70,000 each.
--White says the main event was top three UFC fights of all-time. He says he's glad that fight wasn't on FOX because MMA media and fans are in a bubble and need to realize the UFC has to ease casual fans in--not overwhelm them.
--White says he thinks the Chris Weidman-Tom Lawlor fight was stopped too late and blames the referee. He also brings up Ronda Rousey ripping Julia Budd's arm off in her win last night at Strikeforce Challengers.
--Stephan Bonnar says he's glad he didn't try to have a fight of the night after seeing the main events. He says Kyle Kingsbury is tough.
--Live gate: $1.27 million gate; 13,173 in attendance at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif.
--Bonnar wants to fight on the Chicago card. He says he's medically suspended for one week.
--Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Cung Le, and Dan Henderson all went to the hospital.
--White doesn't know when Hendo will get a title shot and at which championship. He says it could depend on which champion is available first after their fights.
--White confirms Urijah Faber is the no. one contender for the UFC bantamweight title and will take on Dominick Cruz for a third fight.
--Martin Kampmann is happy he's not screwed by the judges this time around in his win over Rick Story.
--Faber feels that Cruz didn't prove he was better than him. He says he's always craved healthy foods.
I wish I was the same way.
--Faber says he takes no supplements and just works out, eats right, and trains hard. "Good health is true health" as his mom says.
--Next FOX special will be two hours and four fights. Chael Sonnen is rumored for the card, but personally, I'd save him whether he faces Anderson Silva or not for PPV for sure.
--White says the work he's done the last 10 years is gonna be outdone in two years with the new FOX deal.
--Faber asks if he can be a coach on The Ultimate Fighter with Cruz. White says we'll see. Faber jokes that he needs some fans.
--White on Weidman: Huge performance. He's looked great in three UFC fights.
--Dave Meltzer asks White about Michael McDonald's great performance. White says people were bitching about the fight on SPIKE, but McDonald proved them wrong and looked awesome. McDonald is only 20.