While White refused to address the situation head-on, he did tell a small group of reporters gathered following the UFC on Versus 1 post-event press conference that there may be more to the story than he's willing to divulge.
"If that's the case, and that's true, I guess you're just going to have to watch and see what happens," White said with a wry smile.
When pushed on Sunday night by Yahoo! Sports' Steve Cofield as to whether he would be willing to lie in such a public forum (ie on Twitter), White downplayed the strength of his initial words.
"Lie is a big word," White said. "You never know.
"You know how I am. You ask me questions, and I'll tell you the answers. But there's some times that I have to do what I have to do."
"This stuff happens," White said. "I don't know what anybody thinks was leaked, or what people think is right and what is wrong. There are always going to be rumors out there, whether it's a fight we're putting on or 'The Ultimate Fighter' and what happened there. There's always going to be rumors.
"What's fact and what's fiction, you're going to have to watch the show and find out."
"I was never putting an April 17 show on," White said. "The media started calling me and asking me. I just [expletive] let it ride out and let [Strikeforce] sweat it. [Expletive] them. You want to compete with us, let's do it.
"I never, ever said I was doing an April 17 show. People asked me questions, and I said, 'Hmm, that's interesting.' I played a little bit. What you guys have got to understand sometimes is these guys consider themselves a competitor, and I like to compete, so I can't always tell you guys exactly what I'm doing and what I'm thinking and what's going to go on."
When pressed as to whether the delay of Fedor Emelianenko's return to the Strikeforce cage had anything to do with the UFC, White had more questions than answers.
"What's going on?" White asked. "Why isn't he fighting? That's weird."
And in typical eyebrow-raising fashion, White chose to leave more ambiguity than clarity in the ongoing saga surrounding "The Last Emperor."
"I don't know (if he has a contract with Strikeforce)," White said. "If he doesn't, that would be interesting, wouldn't it?"
During the post-fight presser, Dana White announced that a second "UFC on Versus" show will happen on August 1, in Oakland. Also announced were four guys with $50,000 bonuses. Clay Guida gets 'Submission of the Night' and Jon Jones, John Howard and Junior Dos Santos all get 'KO of the Night' Honors. Attendance 6,443 -- Gate $568,125
During the post-fight presser, Dana White announced that a second "UFC on Versus" show will happen on August 1, in Oakland.
Also announced were four guys with $50,000 bonuses. Clay Guida gets 'Submission of the Night' and Jon Jones, John Howard and Junior Dos Santos all get 'KO of the Night' Honors.
Attendance 6,443 -- Gate $568,125