UFC Boss: ‘Cancelling this event was never an option’

“[If] We cancel the show, some heavy shit has rained down on us if we cancel the show. First of all, Dillashaw is the only UFC champion out of Sacramento ever. He’s still fighting, he’s fighting in his hometown, he’s fighting a tough guy, a guy he just trained with a few weeks ago.”

“I don’t know if a champ is ever in a position not to accept a fight. You’re the champion, which means you are the best guy in the world. You should be ready to take on all-comers, no matter who they are. Whether it is the No. 1 ranked guy in the world or the No. 100. You’re the man. There should never be a guy you turn down or deny.”

“Being a champion, being the No. 1 guy in the world, it is never easy. You’re the guy with a target on your back. No he’s got tons of media obligations. It is all a part of being the champ. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.”

During yesterday’s pre-fight media scrum (Replay HERE), UFC President Dana White addressed ┬áconcerns about the lack-of-depth the Sacramento card has been left with.

Tonight’s UFC event has been trimmed down to just eight fights.