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Friday, 01/31/2014, 07:08 am

Dana White Confident in UFC Star Power Even Without GSP and ‘The Spider’

UFC President Dana White recently told reporters that he was not worried about losing 2 of the promotions biggest stars in Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva.

“Until Anderson Silva kicked Vitor Belfort in the face, nobody cared about Anderson Silva. Then he blew up and became this huge star,” White said. “Now everybody is like, you’re [expletive] dead when he leaves. What’s gonna happen? This is a professional sport. The window of opportunity for athletes [is only so big]. There’s always the next guy and the next guy and the next guy.”

The Zuffa fight boss also pointed out that the organization has lost ‘stars’ before, yet continued to grow:

“Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, and many other guys who helped build this company, everybody asked me, ‘What are you gonna do when these guys leave?’” he said. “They’re all gone. They’re all retired. And here we are talking about the growth.”

Dana went on to say that if someone like current Middleweight champ Chris Weidman can finish another contender like Vitor Belfort, critics will change their tune.

“People are like, ‘Can Chris Weidman carry this thing?’” he said. “If Chris Weidman beats Vitor Belfort, people are all gonna be going, ‘Holy [expletive], Chris Weidman … ‘”

White also commented on how one fight can create a superstar and eluded to the Jones vs Gustafsson title fight last September as proof.

“Overnight, Alexander Gustafsson becomes a star,” White claimed. “All the people that were bitching that we made this fight – we don’t do the rematch, [and they said], ‘What the [expletive], how can you not make this rematch?!’”

Plus, Uncle Dana has his ‘new breed’ of superstars to hold fort.

“Anthony Pettis, if he can stay healthy, is a [expletive] superstar,” he declared. “Ronda Rousey is a massive star, arguably one of the biggest stars in the UFC right now.”

Props to MMAWeekly’s Erik Fontanez, who was the first to report the comments made by Mr. White.

What do you think Penn Nation, will the UFC at all suffer after losing it’s PPV king in ‘GSP’ and the man many consider to be the ‘GOAT’ of MMA, Anderson Silva?



15 Responses to “Dana White Confident in UFC Star Power Even Without GSP and ‘The Spider’”

  1. magoo says:

    Time will tell those are some big shoes to fill.

  2. Dan Steinborn says:

    people will keep buying the UFC, with their money

  3. The natural says:

    I don’t agree at all I won’t pay for Johnson, bararo, Aldo, pettis, Hendricks,weidman . There fights r point less unless there super fights or fighting in a diff weight class I still will buy Cain give right challenge and jones given right challenge I think ppv # will start to fall but fox and other shows will grow

  4. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    No problem…GSP became boring and Silva was losing it for years and wasn’t even that good to begin with. Those 2 are nothing compared to the up and comers. The UFC will grow like wildfire worldwide. ….and WRESTLERS will dominate EVEN more!! I’m buying every PPV to watch the growing skill level. Those old dinosaurs were lacking in developed skill levels. That time is up and the better skilled times are in!

    • HolmesB says:

      Ummm….mo Anderson was and is still amazing and one of the best that has done it so far guy

    • Kenny Lomas says:

      Wasn’t even that good to begin with? Are you for real?

    • MIXED martial arts. says:

      seriously…i get that wrestling is one of the best disciplines to come into MMA with but i see you on almost every post bashing most fighters that dont come from a wrestling background….have some respect for other martial arts. BJJ in my eyes can finish any wrestler anytime, just look at what Royce did to them over and over again. Barao, undefeated in 30 fights…Aldo is on a 17 fight win streak.., just saying wrestling isnt the only discipline out there and you would be wise to expand beyond that one discipline. and anderson silva was one of the most dynamic strikers ever, who do you think paved the way for these younger guys now? show some respect because youll be an “old dinosaur” one day too.

  5. Jackie Lyons says:

    The name left out of the conversation is Johnny Hendricks, he is a star and he will prove it to everyone. He was cheated out of getting the belt from GSP. Everyone knows he won that fight hands down. He will be the face of UFC for a long time!!!

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