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Wand says yes, DirectTv says yes, even says yes … but Dana still says no.

It seems like the only person still denying the Chuck vs Wandy fight at this point is Dana White. At UFC 77, Wanderlei Silva was busy telling everyone from the beer vendors to the pretzel twisters how he was going to fight Chuck on New Years Eve. And of course you all saw the little screwup on the DirectTV site announcing the fight as well.

Follow this up with briefly including Chuck vs Wand in their summary for UFC 78 and now the only person who hasn’t said ‘yes, it’s gonna happen’ is Dana White. He’s still saying it’s a big maybe, which seems pretty absurd considering how many leaks have appeared at this point.

So what’s the deal? Why the hell is Dana still denying this? Simple answer: he’s milking the situation. The more “Will they / Won’t they” that goes on for this fight, the more hyped everyone gets. It wouldn’t surprise me if Dana White goes out and officially calls the match off through his cronies at Yahoo before finally announcing the bout a week later.

This is following the unfortunate trend of misinformation flowing out from UFC management in order to manipulate people’s perceptions to improve sales. Just look at the Bisping / Evans fight … the word given to the Telegraph is that the winner will receive a title shot, but insiders within the UFC are laughing at that idea. So what’s up with that shit? Is it the Telegraph which got the news wrong or are they being fed bullshit by the UFC?

I wonder … how long will the UFC get away with feeding obviously false information to the press before they start taking Dana White to task for the all the lies being spread?

  • Accomando says:

    “…Dana White goes out and officially calls the match off through his cronies at Yahoo…”

    What cronies at yahoo?

    Not Iole, he is a pillar of objectivity.

  • kentyman says:

    I’ve got your pillar of objectivity right here.

  • Ted Dibiase says:

    kevin iole takes pillars of objectivity up his ass

  • MJC_123 says:

    Hmmm I have just about had enough of UFC and MMA of late. I was so hyped and riding the crest of happiness when I went to see UFC 75 in London but since then its been one big depressing downwards spiral.
    Two poor shows in the sense of performances in 76 and the card in 77….and the less said about 78 the better.
    No wonder im looking forward to the Boxing more of late….Calzaghe v Kessler, David Haye v Mcormeck, Hatton V Mayweather.
    Come on Dana announce Chuck v Wand for 79 and make the world happy….

  • Mr. Theplague says:

    It’s like Moonlighting, if Chuck and Wandy finally fight and destroy the tension, ratings will decline. And MJC_123- Fuck off then.

  • stellar53 says:

    Hey bitchy fucktards……

    According to UFC to announce Wanderlei Silva’s first opponent tonight.
    UFC has just notified me that president Dana White will be making an appearance tonight on Spike TV’s Scream 2007 show to announce Wanderlei Silva’s first UFC opponent.

    Speculation has been rampant regarding Silva’s debut ever since he was signed to the promotion a couple of months ago. Most rumors have centered around him debuting against former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell at UFC 79.

    Scream 2007 will air tonight at 10 p.m. EST.

  • Wasn’t the show pre-recorded last night or something? I already saw the clip of Paris being booed there.

  • Matt says:

    Dana is just tired of getting shitted on when he tries to make this fight.

  • Geoff says:

    Seems to me Dana has just been holding out to have it be announced on Spike. Although you’d think that they would be advertising the fact that it’s being announced at Scream if this was the case.

  • islandguy says:

    they’re going to announce it tonight. what else?

  • Throken says:

    MJC_123 I don’t agree with UFC 76 being a poor show at all. Sure, some of the losers were favoured to win, but with the exception of the Machida match, I was entertained by all the fights. I thought it blew 77 away.

  • Jonathan says:

    Oh Good Lord…what in the world is going on here. Everyone here needs to watch DEEP 31st Impact. Three awesome back to back fights.