Dana White opened with a summary of events leading to the change:
- Phil Davis -- injured knee, found out last week
- Tito Ortiz -- was called first, was pre-occupied with personal issues, turned down the fight.
- Lyoto Machida -- has been "terrorizing" Dana with calls asking for a fight, he accepted the fight.
- Phil Davis -- We confirmed that he wouldn't be able to fight.
- Machida -- asked for "Anderson Silva money", Dana said "when you accomplish what Anderson Silva has then you can get Anderson Silva money"
- Tito called back asking if they'd found an opponent for Evans, he then accepted the fight.
White then opened the call up for questions, full audio below:
Mike Fagan of Bloody Elbow took extensive notes:
Dana on Tito Ortiz:
-Tito did not ask for more money.
-(On Tito's payout at 132) We signed that deal awhile ago. We didn't go in and renegotiate (before 132).
-We didn't talk about being immune to being cut if Evans beats him. But he stepped up.
-If Tito beats Rashad, he's definitely- It would definitely put Tito IN THE MIX.
-The other thing about Tito, he's been a one-dimensional fighter his whole career because he could be.
-I respect Tito for stepping up and taking this fight. I like dealing with this Tito Ortiz.
-Tito has barely lost his last however many fights. No one's been beating up on Tito in the last 5-6 fights.
-People are drawn to Tito, whether it's to hate him or like him.
-Ortiz was never my 'ultimate kicking boy.' He would cause us problems, step over dollars to pick up dimes.
-Now he's turned it around. I wish I had this Tito Ortiz seven years ago.
-I think you're seeing this because he knows his window is going to close soon.
-I thought Tito was out. I didn't think he was an option for me. He called me.
Dana on Lyoto Machida:
-Before you make the call, you know what the call's going to be like. I did not expect that from Machida.
-Never do I expect a guy to accept a fight and then turn around and ask for 'Anderson Silva' money.
-Nah (it won't stay with me). People get crazy in this business sometimes.
-I haven't heard a word from Machida's camp.
-There's nothing wrong with asking for this or that for taking a fight on short notice. But to ask for 'Anderson Silva' money?
-It's a slap in the face to us and to Anderson Silva.
Dana on Rashad Evans:
-There's no doubt that Rashad's next in line (for the title).
-We wanted to make sure Rashad fought.
-When I was bouncing around names, Rashad's answer was 'I don't care who you get. You don't need to approve it with me.'
Dana on Phil Davis:
-Davis couldn't kickbox for 2.5 weeks.
-Phil Davis will fight when he's 100%. He'll fight a top contender when he comes back.
-Phil Davis won't need surgery. Rehab and rest. He shouldn't be out long.
-It's a strain or a sprain. I don't know.
-The reason Nogueira came out with the "god" thing is because I had a talk with him after his last fight too.
-Our next plan was Vladimir Matyushenko.
-Never crossed my mind to dip into the 205 class from Strikeforce. Who would I have gotten to fight Rashad?
-No matter the training, it's fighting that keeps you in shape. I like guys to fight 3 times a year.
-Both Chris Leben and Chael Sonnen texted me and said they wanted the fight.