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Dana White talks Liddell retirement, UFC 125 headliners and if it’s “do or die” for Brandon Vera

This is what is commonly referred to as a "sh*t-eatin' grin"

Following the UFC 125 press conference on Wednesday, UFC President Dana White talks about his close personal relationship with Chuck Liddell, “The Iceman’s” retirement and new position as a UFC executive.

White says there was no negative feedback from the other executives within the company on Liddell’s hiring.

The conversation then turns to Saturday’s fight card headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard.

White admits even though Edgar defeated BJ Penn twice still does not get the respect he deserves and says another win for him at UFC 125, over the only person to ever defeat him, will hopefully move him a step closer to getting that respect.

Although Maynard may not have the most exciting style, White says he carries himself like a true professional. He also adds that he never tells any of his guys how to fight.

White touches on the Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann co-main event, labels Leben as “probably the fighter of 2010″ for his three impressive performances and says, “a win for Stann over Leben right now would be huge.”

White is asked if Brandon Vera’s fight with Thiago Silva Saturday is “do or die.” He explains it’s not as simple as that and says the guys that stick around are the guys who go out there and perform. What he hates, he says, are guys that talk a bunch of smack and then don’t perform.

Lastly, White talks about the addition of Japanese superstar “Kid” Yamamoto and responds to a question if Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir will be the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter season 13.

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