A few notes from the UFC 111 pre-fight press conference.
— Dana White promises the UFC will return to Dublin, Ireland for a show sometime this year
— The UFC is bringing big fights to Madison Square Garden once NY legalizes MMA, which Dana says should happen very soon.
“Its in the [New York State] budget, so as long as it stays in there [when it goes to the Department of State] then it should happen very soon. Madison Square Garden, that’s where we are going. To go to a historical place like MSG and have a big fight is what we really want to do. We want to bring big fights back to Madison Square Garden.”
— Puerto Rico and Orlando are two future destinations for the UFC, no UFC senior division, plus a bunch of other stuff we’ve heard a hundred times before.
— Frank Mir has nothing personal against Shane Carwin, but he expects to win in a “vicious way” Saturday night.
“With Carwin, it’s purely competitive,” said Mir. “I actually have no issues with him on a personal level. He’s a family man. He’s a father, newly. Actually, everything he stands for I agree with. I like how he represents the sport.”
“When you close the cage door, it doesn’t matter who’s in there with me,” he said. “I want to come through victorious in a vicious way.”
“I feel very confident with my striking and jiu-jitsu, but obviously I’ve had a little bit of an issue with the wrestling-type of opponent,” said Mir. “I think Carwin’s a really good wrestler and I look forward to proving how I’ve developed more as a mixed martial artist.”
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