SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Dana White arrives at the TUF Australia Launch Party on July 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
UFC President Dana White did an interview with Inside MMA on AXS TV (formerly HDNet)'s Ron Kruck that aired last night, and covered what his plans (or lack thereof) are for the middleweight division at the moment. He famously said before UFC 149 that he would explain the whole deal at the post-fight press conference, but the lackluster bout between Tim Boetsch and Hector Lombard (not to mention Boetsch's broken foot) threw a wrench into his plans. Here's what he had to say last night (transcription by MMA Mania):
"I did have a gameplan and some thing that were gonna be fun. We're still gonna do it, just not the way I was gonna do it before. Things are gonna change. I love it when guys come out, and they're claiming that they want a shot at the title, they wanna be a world champion, and they come out, and they win convincingly. You can't always do it. It doesn't always happen, but the performance that I saw tonight, honestly?
Even though Boetsch won, and Boetsch is this incredible underdog that came up out of nowhere, now beating Okami and beating Lombard -- this guy is gonna be ranked in a serious position now. So, good for him. He's earned it. He deserves it, but I'm looking for guys like Weidman. Weidman comes out and destroys the number two, number three guy in the world and is ready to fight anybody, anytime, anywhere. He took the Demian Maia fight on short notice and cut 30 pounds to get ready for it, and I was looking at this thing, and every fight can't be the fight you expect it to be, but that was nothing I expected."
So, he didn't really clear up anything at all. MMA Mania is hinting that he might be agreeable to a tournament, but I don't see that at all. Dana also voiced his continued displeasure at UFC 149 in the interview, which is to be expected. So basically it seems like we're not going to know who gets a title shot for a while. I'm pretty sure that if Michael Bisping blasts Brian Stann at UFC 152 though, he'll be the guy. Unfortunately.