After Wanderlei Silva hinted that he might be controlling match outcomes within his own company, Dana White responded and said that Silva is just trying to build a smokescreen to hide his own inequities.
“Lorenzo was just saying this morning — every f**king time you and I have ever seen Wanderlei Silva in our life he’s over the top ‘you guys are the best, you’ve built this sport, I don’t know where any of us would be if it wasn’t for you’,” Nothing but positive things to say. Then now he’s in this situation and he’s trying to build a smoke screen. I don’t blame him. I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same thing if I was in his position. It’s part of this business,” White said.
“Nobody has ever run from a drug test before. I didn’t see a lifetime ban coming. Nobody will let him fight. He’s in a very serious situation, but Wanderlei’s at the end of his career. He was going to fight one more fight and retire. It’s not like this is some 22 year old kid. He said, ‘I got one more fight boss, one more big fight’ and he was done. He also told me he thought we were the greatest guys in the world and we helped build the sport so maybe he didn’t mean that either.”
In terms of perhaps one day landing in the UFC Hall of Fame, White also seemed to have made his mind up.
“There’s going to be no Hall of Fame. The guy’s been Pete Rose’d,” White said. “There’s going to be no Hall of Fame offers.”
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