The ongoing UFC super fight tease game continues.
Following UFC 159, which saw Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones demolish Chael Sonnen in just under one round and sustain a grotesque toe dislocation that will put him on the shelf for an indefinite period, UFC president Dana White just had to tell the reporters assembled for the UFC 159 post-fight media scrum about a call he got from Anderson Silva.
The UFC Middleweight champ apparently called Dana to talk about a potential super fight. Dana wouldn't say if Silva wanted to talk about fighting Jones or Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre. In fact he quickly turned the talk to Silva's next title defense against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas.
"It's not important," he said. "It doesn't matter who he wants to fight. He's got to fight Weidman first. If he doesn't beat Weidman, what difference does it make? The fight isn't even real. Who he wants to fight doesn't matter. He better want to fight Weidman right now."
"You guys can assume whatever you want (regarding the call)," he said. "Assume away."
This is promotional misdirection at its finest. Dana is teasing the press and fans with the superfight they want (Silva vs Jones) to get our attention and then directing that attention to the fight he's acutally promoting this summer. Well played Mr. White.