UFC President Dana White,
“[Expletive] great guy. I like Overeem. I have nothing but respect for him. But it’s an absolute [expletive] joke that anybody would rank him in the top 10. And anybody that wants to debate with me, and tell me why Alistair should be ranked, [expletive] fire away. I’m ready. I want to hear it. Can’t wait. If on your rankings you have him in the top 10, you should be [expletive] embarrassed.”
“I actually find it hilarious that he’s ranked in the top 10 by some of the websites. I find it hilarious. What has he done in MMA to be ranked in the top 10? I’d like somebody here to answer that question. We’ve got a lot of media guys here; what has Alistair Overeem done to be ranked in the top 10 of mixed martial arts’ heavyweight division?”
“How do you figure because he’s such a good K-1 fighter (that) he can parlay that into being a mixed-martial-arts fighter? That’s what makes the mixed-martial-arts media [expletive] stupid — that they would even rank this guy in the top 10 because he’s fighting in K-1. That makes absolutely no [expletive] sense, and I would love to hear somebody make sense of this guy being ranked in the top 10.”
“Has he fought anybody worth mentioning? Uh, yeah that would help. Guys that fight the top guys in the top 10, three times a year in mixed martial arts — those are the guys that are ranked in the top 10. How bout the fact that he’s fighting in K-1, where you just kick and punch? There’s no wrestling, there’s no this, and there’s no that. How does any credible [expletive] MMA guy put him in the top 10 in the heavyweight division? It’s hilarious.” [The Junkie]
Dana’s never going to admit their is top 10 fighters outside the UFC anytime soon. I’m sure he would quickly change his tune if Alistair were to sign with the UFC, remember Kimbo.