UFC president, Dana White, addressed a variety of issues following the conclusion of UFC 153 at the UFC's post-fight press conference.
Chief among them, the state of Strikeforce's future and their relationship with Showtime.
Recently the Zuffa owned MMA organization has canceled back-to-back events due to various fighter injuries, and Showtime's decision not to air events after certain fighters went down. The notoriously loose lipped UFC frontman was uncharacteristically tight-lipped when it came to Strikeforce's seemingly murky future.
"It's not my place to talk about it." Dana White told Ariel Helwani. "Call Showtime. If they're not talking about it, I'm not talking about it."
When asked about Strikeforce's fighters currently affected by Strikeforce event cancellations White responded:
"One thing is a fact, no fighter that has ever fought here has gotten screwed, but it's a tough thing. It's not my place to talk about it. I'm not involved in that."
Due to recent event cancellations, rumors have surfaced that the organization will cease to exist.
"Rumors all start somewhere," White hinted. "I didn't start that [expletive] rumor. Did you hear that from me? I did not start that rumor."
Recently, current UFC champion Jon Jones expressed that he is beginning to warm up to the idea of fighting Chael Sonnen after refusing to fight him on eight days short notice at UFC 151. In the past, Jones stated repeatedly that he didn't want the outspoken self-promoter to "talk his way" to a titleshot, but it seems he's open to allowing Sonnen to do just that.
"Jon Jones said he is considering fighting Chael," White asked. "No he didn't tell me that, but good. Anything is possible, but right now Chael is fighting Forrest."
White also touched on the state of his recently suspended highly popular heavyweight Alistair Overeem. Overeem's nine month suspension expires in December and many rumors have surfaced about who the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion could face. White is leaning toward pitting Overeem against the winner of Dos Santos vs. Velasquez which is set to take place at UFC 155 at the end of the year.
"Yeah, that is what we thinking," White confirmed. "We'll see how this thing plays out. Nothing is done, nothing written in stone, but that is something I would like see happen."
White also had high praise for Former Bellator lightweight champion and newly minted free agent, Eddie Alvarez, who defeated Patricky Freire in spectacular fashion at Bellator 76 with a highlight-reel head kick knockout in the first round. The bout marked the end of Alvarez's contract with Bellator, and is now free to negotiate with other MMA organizations.
"I like Eddie," White said. "Many people believe he is one of the best in the world. You find out where he is on his contract. I'm sure his managers know what is going on, and when it's time, they will call us and we'll sit down and talk."
Also, recent disturbing details have surfaced about current UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens assault case in Polk County, Iowa. When Stephens was first apprehended, on Oct. 5, White stood firmly behind his fighter and did everything possible to try to bail him out of jail, to no avail. White knows Stephens has a tough case ahead of him.
"I will never regret going out and trying to take care of one of my guys," White said. "The reality is, last week when...