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Dana White Explains Why Nate Diaz and Other Fighters Are Dropped from the Rankings
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.07.2014



UFC President Dana White appeared on UFC Tonight this week to talk about the main bouts on UFC Fight Night 40 and also the recent dropping of Nate Diaz and other fighters, such as TJ Grant, from the lightweight rankings. Below are some highlights and a video of the segment:

White on Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 40: "Matt Brown is ranked No. 7 and has been looking for respect for forever now. The guy has destroyed everybody he's fought. He feels like he's been disrespected for so long. He's done so much and should have an opportunity to fight for the title soon. And Erick Silva, who's ranked 14th, I think there's no way he's 14th. In Vegas, the odds have Erick Silva a 2-1 favorite. It's driving Matt Brown crazy. He says he's going to knock him out, like everyone else, and is going to finally get his respect."

White on the Lorenz Larkin vs. Costa Philippou bout: "Larkin is tough guy. He's been around a long time. He's another guy, with a great performance, who could earn some respect. I think this is going to be an absolute standup war and somebody is getting knocked out."

White's thought on what could be the sleeper fight on the card: "I love the Koch vs. Cruickshank fight. Both guys are coming off of impressive wins. I think that fight will be an absolute war."

White on Nate Diaz and other fighters being dropped from the rankings: "Everyone is talking about Nate Diaz being removed and so has TJ Grant, for inactivity. Early on we let Dominick Cruz hold the title for as long as we did. But it's unfair for the guys who are staying active. When you have a guy like TJ Grant and they have an injury, that's pretty serious so they get dropped, but when they come back, they'll get added back. The same for Diaz - he's not taking any fights and we're not sure when he will. When he comes back, he'll be ranked again."






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