UFC 133 conference call with UFC President Dana White; Leben and Sonnen wanted Evans *AUDIO*

The Ultimate Fighting Championship held an impromptu conference call with UFC President Dana White this afternoon to discuss the recent events surrounding the UFC 133 main event.

White explained details of Phil Davis‘ injury and why he was forced to withdraw from his Aug. 6 bout with Rashad Evans. White also clarified the circumstances that led to former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz filling in for Davis.

Former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida had originally agreed to take Davis’ spot, but later recanted after the UFC refused to give him “Anderson Silva money” to take the short notice fight.

White actually said:

“When you do what Anderson Silva has done, then you’ll make Anderson Silva money.”

White also confirmed two middleweights contacted him requesting to fight Evans once word of Davis’ injury got out. Those two 185-pounders were Chris Leben and Chael Sonnen; both were eager to get a shot at the 205-pound top contender.

Listen to the UFC 133 conference call with Dana White below:


See our full UFC 133 coverage here: UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz

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