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Posted 17 November 2009 - 01:29 PM

Where the hell did ya get that from?


My guess is MMA Connected with the bald guy.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 01:50 PM

Fedor has made a point of saying that he will not fight for the UFC if he then gets stuck there and becomes proprietary of the UFC rather than the way he has it now where he is allowed to fight anywhere he wants. I actually prefer the way he wants it where there is cross promotions and access to a larger field of opponents. Fedor is not saying he won't fight UFC opponents. He just won't be their female dog.


I don't blame Dana for not wanting it cross promotion nor should he or any MMA outfit. You've got to protect your assets as best you can, and allowing them to fight in other organizations doesn't accomplish that.

Fedor signing with the UFC doesn't make him a the UFC's female dog. It shows he wants to continue to prove he is the best by facing great fighters, and the UFC has the higher ratio of better HW fighters.

You want Fedor to have access to a larger field of opponents, but why not a better field of opponents?
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 02:23 PM

I don't blame Dana for not wanting it cross promotion nor should he or any MMA outfit. You've got to protect your assets as best you can, and allowing them to fight in other organizations doesn't accomplish that.

Fedor signing with the UFC doesn't make him a the UFC's female dog. It shows he wants to continue to prove he is the best by facing great fighters, and the UFC has the higher ratio of better HW fighters.

You want Fedor to have access to a larger field of opponents, but why not a better field of opponents?


I agree with this. Both arguments are valid and I can see why Fedor would not want to join the UFC but when it all comes down to it the truth is he is avoiding too many quality HW opponents by opting to stay out of the UFC. The talent pool is greater on average and the best fighter should be in the league where the opponents are the best.

That said I don't deny that Fedor is the greatest HW now. I can see him beating anyone the UFC has, but seeing as he isn't it's hard to say he is the best HW currently without truly showing it. We are being deprived of some amazing fights, but it is what it is. Ultimately it is Fedor's choice and I understand his point of view on the situation.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 04:11 PM

I don't blame Dana for not wanting it cross promotion nor should he or any MMA outfit. You've got to protect your assets as best you can, and allowing them to fight in other organizations doesn't accomplish that.

Fedor signing with the UFC doesn't make him a the UFC's female dog. It shows he wants to continue to prove he is the best by facing great fighters, and the UFC has the higher ratio of better HW fighters.

You want Fedor to have access to a larger field of opponents, but why not a better field of opponents?


Who are the better opponents he has access to in the ufc? Some up and comers Mir and Lesnar? It could be argued pretty easily that 50 percent of the guys worth fighting in the heavyweights are not even in the ufc. He has told Dana White he'll fight any UFC guy Dana wants. But he is also going to dictate some of the ground rules. The UFC can't stand not owning fighters and not being able to manipulate them. Fedor is so great he can dictate his positions and demands and promotions will either do it and gain notoriety in having the baddest man on the planet. Or they will not and they will suffer credibility issues till he either loses a few or he retires. No matter what happens here, it is up to the UFC to capitulate and cross promote or they will keep suffering this dark shadow of doubt when it comes to the most important weight class in all fight sports.

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Injuries, illness decimating UFC's heavyweight class Posted: November 16, 2009, 5:34 PM by Noah Love UFC, Mixed Martial Arts, Brock Lesnar



Posted Sports MMA commentator Barrett Hooper weighs in on UFC's rash of heavyweight injuries and illnesses:


No fewer than three of the UFC's best 265-pound bruisers have been sidelined with illnesses and injuries, placing the future of the entire weight class in jeopardy and opening the door for its chief rival to gloat a little bit.

Brock Lesnar, the musclebound monstrosity who wears his championship belt like a charm bracelet, has been hospitalized in North Dakota with an undisclosed illness. First it was thought he had H1N1, then mononucleosis, and now UFC president Dana White is hitting the panic button by saying whatever he has is "bad," that he's "very, very sick" and "he's not going to be getting well anytime soon," although White did rule out cancer and AIDS.

As a result, White has already been forced to scrap Lesnar's title bout with undefeated top contender Shane Carwin twice, first from next Saturday's UFC 106 and then from UFC 108 on Jan. 2.

But the damage doesn't stop there.

The scheduled replacement bout for UFC 108 between heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has also been thrown on the trash heap because Nogueira has been hospitalized with a severe staph infection that has entered his bloodstream. And you can forget about dropping Carwin into the vacant slot opposite Velasquez because Carwin has a knee injury that will require surgery, putting him out of commission indefinitely.

Suddenly, the most dangerous division in mixed martial arts can't even stand on its own two feet.

I'm not running around screaming that the sky is falling, but the depth of the weight class has been significantly drained, at least for the foreseeable future. That's especially bad news when you consider that big-name heavyweight bouts provide powerhouse pay-per-view numbers.

So, while three of its stars are taking up space in the hospital, what does the UFC do in the interim? The obvious answer is to create an interim championship, except that Lesnar just unified the title in his last fight against Frank Mir at UFC 100 and it's too soon to go down that road again (ask me how I feel about it in three months if Lesnar is still on the disabled list).

Besides, who among the UFC's current crop of 265-pounders deserves to fight for even a temporary title? The answer is none of them.

Mir is the best of the rest, but he needs to prove he can still roll with the big boys since Lesnar turned his face into lunch meat. He'll have that chance at UFC 107 in December when he faces Cheick Kongo, the French kickboxer who needs to learn to grapple (or at least some serious takedown and submissions defence).

Nogueira protégé Junior dos Santos embarrassed the hell out of PRIDE legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 103 but he's only had three UFC fights and needs a couple of more to be considered a legitimate contender. He'll be able to notch another win when he faces another Cro Cop killer in Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 108. Gonzaga already blew his title shot when he lost to then-champ Randy Couture at UFC 74 and he's since lost to Carwin, so he's a long way from being in the hunt.

Meanwhile, Cro Cop and his UFC 110 opponent Ben Rothwell are merely fighting for respect and continued employment, and former three-time champ Couture has made it clear he's happy fighting at light heavyweight even if his clinch-and-prey win over Brandon Vera on Saturday didn't have too many people smiling (click here to read Ariel Shnerer's take on UFC 105).

Of course, this would be the perfect opportunity to start integrating some of the fighters from the current all-heavyweights season of The Ultimate Fighter. The reality series is a farm team of sorts for the big show, after all. But, as anyone who's watched even a single episode can tell you, this season is a bust. And a belly and a beard.

With perhaps one or two exceptions, none of these Biggest Loser look-alikes have a chance of winning anything more than a pie-eating contest. And before you start talking about Kimbo Slice, the former backyard brawler is plenty popular and he'll have his moment to shine in the UFC, but he will never — I repeat, never — get a shot at the heavyweight title. There's truth in the saying about old dogs and new tricks. You can get Slice to roll over, but once he's on his back all he knows how to do is let you scratch his belly.

The timing of all of this couldn't be worse for the UFC. Its chief rival, Strikeforce, is coming off its biggest event ever, a live network TV card headlined by the No. 1-ranked T-Rex, Fedor Emelianenko, and undefeated contender Brett Rogers just over a week ago. The card also included a heavyweight showdown between former UFC fighter Fabrcio Werdum and Antonio Silva. Toss in the currently MIA heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem and up-and-comer Bobby Lashley and Strikeforce can now make a (tenuous) claim to having the best heavyweight pool in MMA. At least until Lesnar, Carwin and Nogueira are healthy.

It must be killing Dana White to lose those bragging rights, not that he'll ever admit it. But the moment he re-signs former champs Andrei Arlovski or Tim Sylvia, we might want to consider watching the skies for falling rocks.


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:09 PM

Who are the better opponents he has access to in the ufc? Some up and comers Mir and Lesnar? It could be argued pretty easily that 50 percent of the guys worth fighting in the heavyweights are not even in the ufc. He has told Dana White he'll fight any UFC guy Dana wants. But he is also going to dictate some of the ground rules. The UFC can't stand not owning fighters and not being able to manipulate them. Fedor is so great he can dictate his positions and demands and promotions will either do it and gain notoriety in having the baddest man on the planet. Or they will not and they will suffer credibility issues till he either loses a few or he retires. No matter what happens here, it is up to the UFC to capitulate and cross promote or they will keep suffering this dark shadow of doubt when it comes to the most important weight class in all fight sports.


I wouldn't call Frank Mir an up and comer. I think there is opportunity for some great fights for Fedor in the UFC. Lesnar who already has been mentioned, Mir, Carwin, Velasquez, even Dos Santos and another shot for Big Nog. Rogers was a decent opponent for Fedor, but who is left outside the UFC that is worth fighting. Barnett and maybe Overeem, that's about it. Face it, the HW division on a global scale is pretty weak.

Since Pride's demise, UFC is THE organization for MMA whether you like the way they run business or not. The UFC doesn't have to cross promote anything. Cross promotion may work for an up start company, but not for a company with the size and global reach and appeal that the UFC has. Fedor could have easily signed a 4 fight contract with the UFC, won all 4 fights and left, but when he decided to go to strikeforce it felt like he was trying to protect his legacy more than anything else. He knows if he loses a fight his stock plumits.

My question is, if(when)Strikeforce goes under, where is Fedor going to go then, back to Japan? The next Strikeforce card is on December 5, and so far Fedor is not on it. It'll be interesting to see the numbers after that one.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:11 PM

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:13 PM

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:19 PM

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Classic form of suck-up.
Anyways. I hope Griffin wins. I like Tito... but I'd just rather have Griffin win.. tito is extremely cocky
although his line of clothes is pretty sweet.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:28 PM

Classic form of suck-up.
Anyways. I hope Griffin wins. I like Tito... but I'd just rather have Griffin win.. tito is extremely cocky
although his line of clothes is pretty sweet.

No actually, I was giving him one that he asked for before :)
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 05:55 PM


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17/11/09 - RVCA and Clinch Gear banned by UFC
RVCA and Clinch Gear have become the two latest additions to the UFC’s sponsorship blacklist, it was confirmed today. The bannings were the subject of much discussion among industry insiders at the weekend’s UFC 105 event, but were not confirmed until today.

RVCA has attracted the ire of the UFC by sponsoring Fedor Emelianenko for his fight with Brett Rogers on the recent Strikeforce/CBS show. As a long-time sponsor of lightweight champion BJ Penn, the brand is a familiar one with UFC fans.

Clinch Gear has been banned from the Octagon for obvious reasons. The brand is Dan Henderson’s own clothing line and as the UFC and he are no longer seeing eye to eye, the label is not welcome in the cage. Relations between UFC president Dana White and Henderson have apparently been cordial during negotiations but this latest move may upset the former Pride double-champion.

The UFC and a Zuffa have a history of banning certain brands from sponsoring athletes in the UFC and WEC cages. And earlier this year, an arbitrary sponsorship tax was also introduced with the aim of filtering out the small-scale companies that were finding their way into main-card sponsorship slots.


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:01 PM

http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=3440


Wow, that's just pathetic. I hope UFC will start losing viewers as well as fighters. Hopefully Strikeforce has good management who can take advantage of this.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:08 PM

Response from clinch gear.

Let me clear a few things up. Dan Henderson owns the Clinch Gear, and I manage that business for him. We did have an agreement with Zuffa and were paying them monthly for the right to sponsor fighters in the UFC. The WEC does not currently charge a fee.

I received a phone call from a Zuffa representative about 10 days ago informing me that Dana decided to terminate our agreement and ban Clinch Gear from the UFC and WEC because Dan declined their most recent contract offer. Considering Zuffa's history, it was neither surprising nor unexpected--it's just business. If Dan ever returns to the UFC, I would imagine that the ban on Clinch Gear will be lifted.

Zuffa has every right to ban Clinch Gear, so we are appreciative that they allowed us to follow through with the three fighters we had previously agreed to sponsor for UFC 105, as I would have hated to leave those guys in a lurch the week before the event.

On a related note, I was also informed by the same representative that RVCA was banned due to their sponsor relationship with Fedor. Ironically, he had just been featured in one of their shirts on TUF a day earlier, though the episode was filmed months before.

We will continue to sponsor athletes in organizations such as Strikeforce, so we certainly are not without alternatives. Furthermore, because we serve the endemic market, we are far less dependent upon an affiliation with the UFC as are the many lifestyle brands. In fact, most casual viewers who don't train have probably never seen our products in retail setting, as we currently focus exclusively on distribution through gyms and MMA specialty stores. In addition, we offer custom shorts and rash guards for MMA gyms and wrestling teams, and that business is booming.

Due to our modest budget, we primarily sponsored undercard fighters in the UFC and the WEC, and the people most affected by this decision are those athletes. It narrows their options and could reduce their income, as many larger clothing companies limit their sponsorships to fighters who are scheduled for the televised cards.

Clinch Gear will remain a core brand in the MMA industry and will continue to develop innovative products and business strategies. Dan and I are thankful to everyone who has supported the Clinch Gear brand and contributed to our growth and success.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:29 PM

The UFC doesn't have to cross promote anything. Cross promotion may work for an up start company, but not for a company with the size and global reach and appeal that the UFC has.



I disagree. UFC is dominant in North America, not globally.

Fedor doesn't need to be in the UFC to establish his greatness. He is already considered a legend, and that was before he beat Tim Silvia and Andre Arlovski.

If Dana White truly wanted Fedor, he would have done everything to get him. Don't think that strikeforce will go away soon either - Fedor is gonna keep that alive.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:39 PM

That's Fedors M.O. He always bleeds. he always takes some punches. He always looks like someone can take advantage of him. He always wins.


Agreed.

So who's next for Fedor in Strikeforce? Once he beats Overeem and Werdum, there's going to be nobody left unless they sign some young guys.

The UFC has Carwin, Velasquez and Dos Santos. Those are the guys he's going to have to go through at some time. I couldn't care less about Lesnar.


You mean, what's next for Lesnar?

Dana was just BEGGING to get Fedor into the UFC to fight Lesnar, but now after Carwin (and i guess Lesnar will win), what's next for Lesnar??

Fedor can go through Overeem, Werdum, and pretty much retire his legendary status. He can pull a Floydweather and come out of retirement once the right guy comes along. Lesnar can't do that. He's a Mike Tyson with no opponents around him.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:32 PM

Lesnar's looking at three fights against Carwin, Dos Santos and Velasquez. Maybe Minotauro in the middle there if he gets healthy and takes down another opponent. As much as I like Mir, I don't think he's the best the UFC can offer up to Lesnar.

In my mind, Lesnar is the most beatable of the UFC Champions. I fully expect Carwin to be him when they eventually fight.
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:12 AM

Taken from a thread on sherdog I found to be a little humorous.

Dana White: "Coleman is a washed-up, 50 year old can!" The greatest thing about listening to Dana White run his mouth off is knowing there's a record of every hypocritical, contradiction and bald-faced lie he tells anyone with a pen or a microphone!

It's amazing that he doesn't seem to mind being proven a hypocritical, contradicting, bald faced liar.

The latest:

In March of 2007, in an attempt to discredit Fedor's win over Mark Coleman at Pride 32 Dana White said that Mark Coleman was a "...washed-up, 50 year old can that hasn't won a fight in years."

Now, Dana wants UFC fans to buy a PPV headlined by an even older, washed-up can!

It never ends with this guy!

Here's some more quotes to humor you:

(classic DW quotes)
The Japanese are F....ing idiots!
Pride are the dumbest people on the planet.
Tito is a F...ing moron!
The Russians are F...ing crazy!

No one gives a sh.t what Josh Barnett thinks!
The IFL is the dumbest business model on the planet.
The IFL won't be around in another 6 months.

Why would I sign Shogun? No one knows who the hell Shogun is.
Why would I want Wanderlei to fight Chuck, he just got executed by Crocop!
Wanderlei is ducking Chuck.
I've been waiting for years to sign Wanderlei and it's finally happened!
(Posts signing video on the UFC website. When was the last time Dana White EVER posted a video of him signing a fighter?)
Signing Wanderlei is the highlight of my 7 year career with the UFC.

Chuck getting KO'd by Rampage was like Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson!
(Chuck was 20-3 before being KO'd by Rampage and had already been TKO'd by him in 2003. Chuck held only one belt and was only the UFC champion, not a world champion. Mike Tyson was undefeated at 37-0 and was the undisputed World Heavyweight Champ of 3 organizations, holding 3 belts. Absolutely ZERO comparison, unless you're Dana White).

We're not signing Crocop!
We got him - we just signed Mirko Crocop, the most devasting striker in MMA.
We want the best fighters on the planet.

We're in negotiations with Fedor, the number one Heavy Weight on the planet.
We're confident we'll have Fedor by the end of the year.
Fedor and Randy will be the biggest fight in MMA history.
Randy would smash Fedor easily. he's overhyped and untested. He hasn't fought anyone in the last year and a half.
They're full of crap (Fedor's managers) and that's the bottom line.
His managers are F..ing liars!
Fedor is a fraud...he isn't even a top five fighter!

Brock Lesnar and K-1 is a circus act!
We're excited to announce the signing of Brock Lesnar!

Randy hooked up with some scumbag Hollywood agent that I bitched-slapped about a month ago.

Oh he (Couture) definitely belongs to me, no doubt about it!

#2 (permalink) What a difference 8 years and millions of dollars makes.

This is an interview with Dana White four days after Zuffa first bought the UFC from SEG in 2001. It's interesting to see how many things that Dana had said in 2001 has turned out to be the exact opposite. Very different attitude then today. He talks about wanting all the organizations to cooperate, wants to share fighters with Pride like Mark Kerr and Sakuraba. Doesn't have a problem co-promoting. Would like to see everyone use the Octagon (instead of suing them for it today). *(credit to Tbonetron2.0 for this interview)

http://www.bloodyknu....hp?t-7941.html
(interview by PrimeTimeFighters.com)

Take note of several things as you read this:

Dana doesn't cuss or swear a single time during this interview.
Dana doesn't bad mouth or trash talk ANYONE in the business including fighters and promoters.
Dana called Pride and KOTC owners to tell them that any prior feuds are over and he wants to work with all organizations and promotions.
Dana admits that Pride paid better than the UFC and that the reason why Pride fighters didn't come to the UFC was because the UFC couldn't afford to pay them what Pride paid them.
Dana claims that "boxing is doing so well in Las Vegas!"

"We have no problem co-promoting with Pride or other organizations, it works well for boxing!"

Quote:
Interviewer: Who owns Zuffa Corporation?
Dana White: Lorenzo Fertitta, Frank Fertitta III and Blake Sartini

Interviewer: What is your position with Zuffa?
Dana White: President.

Interviewer: What does Zuffa mean?
Dana White: It's Italian and it means to "fight" or to "scrap".

Interviewer: What other businesses are they associated with?
Dana White: The Station Casinos: Palace Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station, & Sunset Station.

Interviewer: Why did you buy the UFC?
Dana White: First and foremost because we're fans. But also because we feel we can take the UFC to where it should've been taken a long time ago.

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Interviewer: There has been some negativity about the previous owners.
Dana White: Right. I think Bob (Meyrowitz) burned a lot of bridges. A lot of conflicts. That's what made it tough for him to move forward with it.

Interviewer: So he was difficult to do business with?
Dana White: You have to look at it like this: He had a company that was doing business with the cable companies and he lost cable. And it was just a constant fight to get it back.

Interviewer: He obviously never got it back. That must be a goal of Zuffa.
Dana White: That is our goal: To get it sactioned in the state of Nevada and get it back on cable.

Interviewer: Are you President of the UFC or Zuffa?
Dana White: Both UFC and Zuffa.
Taken from a thread on Sherdog because it's quite humorous




Interviewer: Will the UFC and Zuffa co-exist here at the same Las Vegas location?
Dana White: Correct.

Interviewer: There was already at least one fight card already scheduled, are you going to keep that?
Dana White: Yes. Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City Feb. 23rd, 2001. You won't see too many of our changes right away. You're gonna see some changes in the first UFC but the show was already planned so it's too soon for us to make any real changes.

Interviewer: Taj Mahal is not on an Indian Reservation, why is it allowed there?

Dana White: Because it's been sactioned in New Jersey. In fact, Paul Smith's IFC is holding another event this weekend there as well. That's the key.

Interviewer: There has been alot of talk that the UFC didn't pay very well. Will that change?
Dana White: Right. That's gonna change. See, that's what we really want to change. We're gonna bring back alot of the fighters that left the UFC for that reason and the other reasons that they were chased away.

You have to understand Lorenzo and I.

Lorenzo comes from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and what do they do? Their job is to look out for fighters. I was a manager, what was my job? To look out for fighters. So we really want to put alot of emphasis on the fighters. The old UFC's emphasis was the UFC. That was the main thing that they wanted to promote and publicize. We want to create superstars.

Interviewer: When will the UFC be in Las Vegas?
Dana White: That we don't know. We're working hard and we're hoping within 18 months.

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Interviewer: There are other people watching you, other organizations, pulling for you to get the UFC in Las Vegas.
Dana White: The first thing I did when we bought the UFC was call Yukino Kanda from PRIDE. I told her there was always a war between the UFC and PRIDE... I told her the war is over.

Our office staff started clapping and cheering when I made that call.

Then I called Terry Trebilcock from King of The Cage, Paul Smith from IFC. I talked to Jamie Levin from WEF today. Basically, these guys were all at war with each other and I want to work together. The sport of mixed martial arts is fighting so many other foes, whether it's cable companies or political foes, that we need to stick together and work to further the sport.

Interviewer: Will you keep the UFC in Las Vegas once you start holding shows here?
Dana White: Well, I think Las Vegas will become the mecca of mixed martial arts. I mean you can have fights in New Jersey, but it's cold in the winter time. Las Vegas is warm, it has so many other things to see and do, it's cheap. It's a great place to come and visit for a weekend. It's a good excuse to come and watch a fight.

I think that's why the boxing business does so well here. Everybody's looking for an excuse to go to Vegas

Interviewer: You can no longer manage fighters, right?
Dana White: Right. That's been a big issue with us and it's a big issue right now. Anybody who's involved in the promoting part of the UFC has to pick one or the other. Either they promote or manage but you don't do both. It's totally unethical and a conflict of interest.

If you have a guy that's getting paid to set up the fight and getting paid from his fighter's pay as well, it's not right.

Interviewer: Who's going to take over Tito (Ortiz)?
Dana White: A gentleman named Jim Gallo has taken over Tito and Chuck Liddell. He's an attorney here in Las Vegas. Smart guy, good guy, fair guy. And Tito and Chuck love him.

Interviewer: Is he familiar with the fight game?
Dana White: Yes. He's one of the best contract lawyers as far as puting contracts together. And kicking promoters' asses. He's good.

Interviewer: Who will join that stable with Tito and Chuck?
Dana White: Jim Gallo has some pretty decent boxers, and I think Alfonso Alcarez, a mixed martial arts fighter, will be joining them. Alcarez and Jens Pulver fought to a draw. He's a tough little guy. Look for him and Pulver to fight again soon. Because I'm sure Pulver would love that fight too so he could redeem the only bad mark on his UFC record.

There's a fighter out of Texas, Yves Edwards that will join Gallo also.

Interviewer: So Gallo will continue to represent both MMA and boxers?
Dana White: Yes.

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Interviewer: What big names do you want to bring back to the UFC?
Dana White: (Smiling) I've talked to a lot of them already. I'd love to see Mark Kerr back. I'd love to see Coleman back, Frank Shamrock, Ken Shamrock if he's interested in fighting still.

Interviewer: Those are definitely some names...
Dana White: (Smiling really big) ...And my main goal, the main guy I want to get together with. Even if I have to co-promote with PRIDE, and we don't have a problem with co-promoting, they do it in boxing... is Sakuraba.

Interviewer: Will he come here? Because I heard he doesn't like to fight outside Japan.
Dana White: I think he will. I think we can work out a deal with Yukino over at Dream Stage (PRIDE's parent company). Besides, money talks.

But, Yukino and PRIDE really want Tito. And we really want Sakuraba. So I don't see why we can't work something out. I enjoy working with PRIDE. I respect them, so I don't see a problem.


Interviewer: You've told me Tito doesn't like fighting outside the cage.
Dana White: Right. That's something we'd have to work out in the contract. I don't really think Sakuraba would have a problem with that because he's fought in the UFC before.

Interviewer: Any other Japanese fighters?
Dana White: Sakuraba's the main one. He's the man. Him and Tito would be a dream fight.

Interviewer: Ali - Frazier I, Twenty First Century style.
Dana White: Exactly. Tito currently has the title, so the way I see it: Put Sakuraba and Tito together, and Frank (Shamrock) gets the winner.

Interviewer: That will sell you some pay-per-view.
Dana White: Yes it will.

Interviewer: Any other middleweights you have in mind?
Dana White: Jeremy Horn, Chuck Liddell, Evan Tanner who is fighting Tito in this next UFC, Bustamante.

Interviewer: There's a lot of people in the 199 and under division. What do you see in the heavyweights?
Dana White: Igor, Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and of course our champ Randy Couture. Posted Image


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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:34 AM

A little humourous? That's fantastic stuff. The other week I spent a good few hours watching Dana White interviews on Youtube.

Some of his rants I saw him go on regarding fighters and other promotions were epic. It's easy to disagree with the guy, but I find it so hard to hate him, he's great entertainment.

"Mazzagatti, as a referee?" White said. "This f**king guy shouldn't even be watching MMA on TV, let alone refereeing it. I think he's the worst ref in the history of any fight business, ever. He's horrible. We don't pick the refs. The athletic commission does. Those guys are picked by the government. It's not that I don't like him, he's a nice guy. He's an absolute nice guy, he has no business whatsoever being anywhere near mixed martial arts."


Gold!

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 05:06 PM

Carwin, Velasquez, and Nogueira are all injured right now. Not even talking about Lesnar here.

GSP wants to wrestle in the 2012 Olympics.

Next TUF would most likely feature GSP and Hardy, Canada vs UK.



Where the hell did ya get that from?


Showdown joe mentioned this on MMA connected, sportsnet but unconfirmed
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:08 PM

Greg Mousasi needs to come to the UFC. Not many opponents outside of the UFC left for this guy.

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#4010 Oranje

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:25 PM

Greg Mousasi needs to come to the UFC. Not many opponents outside of the UFC left for this guy.


I'd love to see him fight Shogun and Machida.
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 07:12 PM

Anyone know if WEC is on TV tonight?
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 05:24 PM

Anthony Johnson actually weighed in less than his opponent did for once.

He came in at 170, Koscheck came in at 171. So stoked for this fight. I flipping hate Kos.

I'm also betting that Johnson will be heavier than Kos tomorrow. As much as I dislike Kos, he's explosive. So's Rumble. This is going to be an awesome fight.
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#4013 Steve Danger

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 05:27 PM

Haha, Greg Mousasi. It's Gegard.

Unfortunately I'll be missing tomorrow's show due to work which is too bad because there's a couple fights I'm really interested in.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 12:28 AM

Wow, that's just pathetic. I hope UFC will start losing viewers as well as fighters. Hopefully Strikeforce has good management who can take advantage of this.

I wish Pride didnt go under. I found it alot more entertaining than UFC.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:05 AM

I can't stand arguing which organization is better than the other. I just enojy MMA in general. I don't need to go on four pages and pages of links of b.s., yadda yadda yadda.

Let's try and get this topic back on track. Nobody wins this argument, people!
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 01:37 PM

I can't stand arguing which organization is better than the other. I just enojy MMA in general. I don't need to go on four pages and pages of links of b.s., yadda yadda yadda.

Let's try and get this topic back on track. Nobody wins this argument, people!


I'd say this matters more than some random fight talk, MMA would be so much better off in there was a decent counterweight to the UFC.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:05 PM

What a stacked card tonight.

Hopefully Griffin doesn't sprint away from the octagon if he loses again.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:17 PM

I hope George Stroumboulopoulos totally kicks donkey.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:32 PM

Hahaha. Anyone watch the camera pan the UFC crowd? There was a MILF with some pretty fake looking breasts out on a platter for everyone to see. The camera passed by her for about 2 seconds, and then panned back to the MILF and closed in. Gold.
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OMG we could've had McKeown!

I think Virtanen was a terrible pick given that he's out for 6 months which will hinder his development. You don't pick someone at #6 under that circumstance, along with the fact that he was given a 3/5 IQ (aka he's dumb). 

God dammit Benning. WHY VIRTANEN? Terrible move.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:44 PM

Damn George is going to be bragging about this on the Hour for weeks.
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