August 10, 2008
UFC president Dana White was at a loss for words in the UFC 87 post-fight press conference when asked about Brock Lesnar. Lesnar handled veteran Heath Herring easily winning 30-26 on all three scorecards.
White said on Thursday that he didn't agree with Lesnar's notion that he should fight the best right off the bat in UFC. Three days later White is a Lesnar convert.
"I'm telling you I'm blown away by his performance tonight," said White. "One of our guys said it looks like he's hitting him with lunch boxes. The guy is a phenomenon. I'll be honest, I didn't think he could come in here with no fights and compete at this level, he proved me wrong."
It sounds like most of the fighters are also on board with Lesnar's potential:
"After that first fight against Mir, I had all the guys come up to me... Hughes, Liddell, Rampage and said this guy is going to be scary in a couple of years. He's a monster. I don't know what guys are going to want to fight him."
The word swirling around the media room was that UFC may try to make a Cheick Kongo-Lesnar fight next.
CLICK BELOW TO HEAR ALL OF WHITE'S COMMENTS FROM THE PRESSER:
UFC gave out $60,000 awards for the following:
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT - Georges St. Pierre v. Jon Fitch
KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT - Rob Emerson
SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT - Demian Maia
The attendance at the Target Center was 15,082. The gate of $2.2 million set a new arena record surpassing a Billy Joel/Elton John show.
White also talked about what's next for GSP.
He said St. Pierre was definitely going to face UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn next and that the fight probably wouldn't be in Montreal.
White gave major props to referee Yves Lavigne for not pulling the trigger on a stoppage in the first round when Fitch was in big trouble.
The subject of Tito Ortiz did come up during the press conference. White said he has not sat down and spoken with Ortiz but UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta may do so soon.
Listen to here to Kenny Florian, Roger Huerta, White, Fitch and St. Pierre from the UFC 87 post-fight presser.
You can also listen here to the archives of the only UFC 87 post-fight show from the Target Center on Saturday night. Guests included ref Dan Miragliotta, Florian, trainer Greg Jackson and St. Pierre.
Other pre-fight interviews here include Herring, White, Tonya Evinger, Amir Sadollah and Matt Serra.
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