Dana White is docile about little. So it was odd in the aftermath of the Mirko "Cro Cop" debacle that he made one statement and remained tight-lipped. White exploded that night saying "Cro Cop [expletive] me." But unlike wars with Bob Arum, Tito Ortiz, Pat Miletich and Gary Shaw, White chose not to pound away at it for weeks and weeks. Word behind the scenes was that Cro Cop asked him not to smash him out of respect for his standing in Croatia. Getting smeared internationally certainly wouldn't help Cro Cop in the future when he decides to run for office.
White told Cagewriter last week (1:50 mark) that the door was still open and nothing was done yet in Japan. It looks like there was a reason behind White's more controlled approach to what appeared to be a screw job. Today he was asked the chances of a Cro Cop return:
"I have said this many times and I'll say it again: there's some crooked [expletive] that goes on over in Japan. They're all crooked. There's some sneaky [expletive] going on over there, and that's always a big problem, you know. These guys who are in the fight business over there, for my Mexican friends, 'No bueno. No bueno.'"
White said he's hoping to lock up a Dos Santos-Cro Cop fight for UFC 103 in Dallas in September. White also said the next extended preview show, "Countdown" for a UFC PPV will come later this year featuring Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans.