Dana White’s first vlog for UFC 160 picks up with behind the scenes footage of UFC 159.
Dana White, who is often critical to say the least, doesn’t feel uncomfortable about any remarks he’s made about any of his fighters past or present. White defends himself by saying he only ever speaks the truth when it comes to his guys.
UFC president Dana White wants nothing more than to hold a mega UFC event inside Madison Square Garden. Heck, he made it known that the promotion would hold a 20th anniversary event there in November if the government sanctioned MMA.
However, in recent days, the idea that MMA becomes a legal sport in New York appears to have hit another roadblock. Now, White just plans on letting things fall where they fall.
“We’re either going to get sanctioned here or not,” White said last week. “We’ll only do it if the government (sanctions it). We’re still working on it.”
White added that more votes approved in the senate, but “it’s just to the point now where it’s absolutely ridiculous and I’m over it.”
As has been stated several times in the past, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will not be stripped of his title.
UFC president Dana White, during recent media events, confirmed the news.
“He’s going to keep his title, and when he comes back, he’ll defend it,” White said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes.
White did say, however, that if “The Dominator” should succumb to another injury, they may be forced to relinquish his status atop the division.
“We had a great conversation with Dominick,” he said. “He’s good, and he’s feeling healthy, and he’s training again.”
Cruz hasn’t competed since 2011 when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. He was cast on the first live season of The Ultimate Fighter with Urijah Faber, but his first knee injury kept him from making the fight.
The replacement ligament used later caused Cruz to undergo a second operation. In the meantime, Renan Barao has won, defended and is scheduled to defend the interim UFC title.
The second edition of Dana White’s widely popular vlog is here for your viewing pleasure.
Nate Diaz talked about a potential return to welterweight last week before his match with Josh Thomson.
After seeing Thomson handle the former No. 1 contender to the UFC lightweight title, UFC president Dana White was asked about the shift in weight classes.
“I think going to 170 is a big mistake,” White said. “(There are) big, strong guys at 170.”
Thomson stormed after Diaz, who has now lost two in a row. He is 9-5 at 155 pounds with the UFC, and went 2-2 during a welterweight run a few years ago.
While the chance of another crack at the belt is likely several steps away for the Stockton fighter, would he have any shot at working through the ranks of 170?
Headed by Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Demian Maia, Carlos Condit and even Nate’s brother, Nick, all call welterweight home and are Top-10 fighters.
Dana White brings back his popular vlog for UFC 159. In the first installment, we’re back in the cage with Carlos Condit at UFC 158.
UFC president Dana White made the most of his recent trip overseas, as he underwent a stem cell procedure in Germany.
White, on the Jay Mohr Show recently, stated that he talked with New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez about stem cell procedures and decided to investigate future.
I went to Germany. I got the stem cells. Dude, I am 100-percent cured. I am 100-percent a new guy. I’m working out again, I’m doing all the things that I used to do. I’m traveling. My life is back.
The disease caused White several problems, as it was brought on severely by all the travel he did via plane. He also was falling down, as he did in Ireland earlier this year.
For now, if you are a female and you want to compete in the UFC, you need to be able to make 135 pounds.
However, in the future, that could change. The promotion will showcase female bantamweights on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, and UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com recently that more weight classes are likely in the future.
The evolution of this sport as it’s continued to grow, we’ve been adding weight classes, and the sport keeps getting bigger. There are more and more talented guys in all those weight classes. The same thing will happen with the women.
White added that many people questioned the decision to promote lightweight male fighters, saying, “everybody was like, ‘This is crazy. They’re too small. Nobody will ever watch.’” The 155-pounders have grown to starring roles on several pay-per-views and FOX-televised cards in recent years.
I think when you got into the 135-pound division, I knew there were enough fights for a year and a half, two years. You think that after it starts to generate some excitement and interest that other women will pop out of the woodwork. I think over the next couple of years, we’re really going to see a big boom.
It will be interesting to see what the UFC does, as Invicta FC – the all-female promotion based out of Kansas City – currently has several weight classes, including 105-pounders.
Dana White calls the finale “amazing”. While the rest of us are getting tired of TUF, White seems to have a revamped interest in the show. He also suggests that the 17th season was the best season the show has ever seen.