UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman is apparently not the only one allowed to have "Highly Questionable" fun in the wake of UFC 162, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past Fourth of July weekend.
Company President Dana White recently sat in with Dan Le Batard and his laconic father, as well as Bomani Jones, on ESPN2 to discuss several controversial mixed martial arts (MMA) issues that got the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) a little hot under the collar.
First and foremost, White ranted about the UFC 162 main event outcome, which saw Weidman end the legendary championship reign of Anderson Silva with a shocking second round knockout. Even though White called a fight fix "the stupidest fucking thing I've ever heard in my life" immediately after the event, Le Batard wanted a more elaborate response.
Here it is:
"The crazy thing is for the conspiracy weirdos who came out to say they thought the fight was fixed or he threw it or something like that is that the odds were 2:1! You don't throw a 2:1 fight, you throw a 30:1 fight if you're going to throw a fight, right? And Anderson Silva has broken every record in UFC history. He is the pound-for-pound best of all-time. Why would he throw a fight? It's not like Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas where no one thought Douglas had a chance, a lot of fighters picked Chris Weidman to win this fight. I don't know what the conspiracy theory was … it's just ridiculous. Not to mention -- who is going to throw a fight getting viciously knocked out? You know how stupid you have to be to even think that? You are an absolute moron."
White also clarified the social scrap he had with Justin Bieber on fight night, which was sparked when the "Baby"-singing pop sensation requested an illegal stream to watch the pay-per-view (PPV) online.
Piracy is an enormous sore spot with UFC; however, White took it all in stride because, after all, Bieber is a good cell phone-crashing kid.
"My honest first reaction was, 'Oh, hell no. Justin, you can buy the pay-per-view (PPV).' I didn't flip out, I wasn't mad. I am friends with Justin, whether you can handle that one or not. I'm friends with the kid, he's a good kid and these guys who are coming up now are from a different era. Justin Bieber was made on YouTube … for free. You know what I mean? His idea of free content and my idea of free content are completely different."
White went on to reveal the celebrity he most enjoyed denying free tickets (LMFAO), his sit down with Silva in Los Angeles, Calif., to negotiate the UFC 168 rematch with "All American" and more.