Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman UFC 162 staredownThe UFC has long made a show of what on the surface would appear to be predominantly a formality… the weigh-ins.

UFC president Dana White would greatly beg to differ, saying that the weigh-ins and the ensuing staredowns are one the most important tells of how the fight will go down.

“I am such a huge fan of the staredown,” said White at the recent UFC Fan Expo. “And, yes, it is one of the most important things leading up to the fight.

“The two things I love the most in the fight business are the staredown and the fight itself.”

White doesn’t just love the staredown because he’s a fight fan – although he is a huge fight fan – and gets to stand on stage with the fighters in the final moments they spend together before they throw down the next day. He believes that you can tell a great deal about a fighter by how they look and act during the staredown and weigh-in.

“That’s why we ended up making the weigh-ins such a big deal,” White proclaimed. “Because leading up to the fight, the weigh-ins and the staredown tell the story of what’s going to happen on Saturday.

“Is the guy on weight? Is he in shape? Did he cut right? What does he look like in the staredown? Does he look too drawn and dried out and did he cut too much weight? All that stuff is important to the fight the next day and I love it more than anything.”

The UFC 162 main event weigh-in and staredown between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman certainly told a story leading up to Weidman’s momentous upset of Silva on July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The two went face to face, almost looking as if they were kissing, before White separated them.

White later tweeted that Weidman said to Silva, “I’m not afraid of you like everyone else,” while Silva responded, “We will see tomorrow.”

We did see, and Weidman wasn’t afraid like everyone else. Chris Weidman knocked Anderson Silva out cold.

Dana White at the UFC Fan Expo…

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Staredown…

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White insists Jose Aldo has bruised, not broken, ribs at UFC 189 Fan Q&A

  • 25 days ago
  • 128 views

UFC President Dana White used the UFC 189 Fan Q&A to insist to the assembled masses that Jose Aldo does not, in fact, have a broken rib. White said that the scans of the injury that were released onl read news >>

Video: Conor McGregor absolute fan insanity for UFC 189 weigh-ins

  • 25 days ago
  • 38 views

LAS VEGAS – There’s plenty of debate about who’s the biggest star in the UFC. We know one thing, though, at least, as of today. Conor McGregor travels well, and he brings a crowd – even to weigh-ins. read news >>

UFC 189 weigh-ins: Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes

  • 25 days ago
  • 28 views

At UFC 189 weigh-ins, Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes had to be separated by Dana White at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday evening. read news >>

Dana White UFC 189 Fan Expo Q&A video

  • 25 days ago
  • 489 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White discussed Jose Aldo's injuries, Conor McGregor, UFC 189, and much more during a Q&A at the Fan Expo on Friday afternoon. read news >>

Frank Mir Wants Fedor Emelianenko Fight, Dana White Coy over UFC Rumours

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 views

Frank Mir says it would be a "huge honour" to face legendary MMA heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the Octagon. Mir spoke to Fox Sports after he knocked out Todd Duffee in 73 seconds during Wednesday read news >>

Morning Report: Dana White says Jose Aldo 'probably would have made close to four million' at UFC 189

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

As if featherweight champion Jose Aldo couldn't feel any lower, apparently his absence at UFC 189 has only added to the appeal. At least that's the line UFC president Dana White is going with. Accord read news >>

Conor McGregor Bet Dana White $3 Million He’d KO Chad Mendes at UFC 189

  • 28 days ago
  • 94 views

So confident is Conor McGregor that he bet his employers $3 million he'll knock out Chad Mendes at UFC 189. read news >>

Dana White: Jose Aldo 'probably would have made close to four million' at UFC 189

  • 28 days ago
  • 39 views

The UFC president was a guest on The Russillo Show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday (July 7, 2015) and he disclosed just how much money Jose Aldo was set to earn at UFC 189. Jose Aldo may have withdrawn from read news >>

'Cyborg' Justino: I never let it go to my head when people say I'm the best

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Not every MMA fan thinks UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is the best female fighter in the world. Some think that title sits 10 pounds north of Rousey’s division, where Cristiane “Cybo read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor tried to bet me $3 million he would knockout Chad Mendes at UFC 189

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

And as early as the second round, no less. You certainly can't accuse Conor McGregor of being short on confidence. That became evident after the smooth-talking Irishman tried to bet Ultimate Fighting read news >>