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Dana White critical of Marquardt and Jackson camp, says Okami deserves title shot

UFC President Dana White shares exactly what he thinks about the UFC 122 main event. He was happy with most everything else but was heavily critical of the main event and in particular Nate Marquardt.

He points out that Marquardt was already defeated the last time he got a title shot, and this was his chance to get that title shot again, and it’s the third round and “he is being out-struck by the wrestler.”

White also describes a pattern that many other people have seen with the Greg Jackson camp:

“You see this now happen consistently with the Greg Jackson camp, where these guys are consistently, I don’t know if they’re told or what their deal is, that they’re winning the fight and in their minds their winning the fight going into the last round and it’s not true. There’s like this ‘avoid the fight cause we think we’re winning thing’ with that camp.”

The reporter here brings up an interesting scenario. He tells White that his nightmare must be if Yushin Okami ends up fighting Anderson Silva for the title and Okami puts on one of his “cautious” performances and Silva puts on some crazy performance like he did in Abu Dhabi. – For the record, yes that would be an absolute nightmare!

White admits with a raised eyebrow, “Whattaya gonna do? ” Okami was supposed to get this title shot a long time ago and was injured, now he defeated Marquardt to get it and deserves the shot.

White also touches on next weekend’s UFC 123 card with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida in the main event, the UFC-WEC merger and what it means for the company’s future. White says that New York assemblyman Bob Reilly is “not who people think he is.”

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