Following yesterday’s UFC On Fuel TV 7 event in London, England Dana White sat down with the media to talk about some of the major talking points in the aftermath of the show.
Check out our keynotes from the conversation below and scroll down to watch it for yourselves courtesy of FightersOnly.
– The hope is that Dominick Cruz will be back in the summer to defend his title against interim champ Renan Barao, but it’s far from guaranteed.
– Dana White wasn’t happy with some of the judging last night, but he has no complaints with the scoring on the Danny Castillo Vs Paul Sass fight, stating his belief that Sass shouldn’t have won the first round despite multiple submission attempts since Castillo got more damage and was never in any real danger with the heel hook attempts – a move White believes is outdated and ineffective.
– The upcoming fight between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher is an important one with Dana believing the winner will still be relevant as far as the middleweight title picture is concerned.
– Dana has vowed to be extra vigilant in testing fighters who have been given an exemption to use TRT in the future, stating his belief that some of them may be abusing the system – elevating their testerone levels way above the norm during their fight camps and then lowering it again prior to their fights. He plans to test them more frequently in the lead up to a fight to stop this from happening.
– White believes the UFC have made a lot of progress in trying to get the sport regulated in France, saying they’ve spent a lot of money their already. It’s a long process though – they’ve already been working on the issue for 2-3 years.
– There should be an announcement soon on where Brazil’s UFC HQ will be and who will be taking charge there.
– According to Dana the UFC’s recent event in Macaou was the biggest ever in the region and they’ve now secured a “bigger deal” there.
– White was glad that Gunnar Nelson got three rounds under his belt in the UFC and seems to be impressed with him, though it doesn’t sound like he’s going to rush him into a big fight just yet, saying he has plenty of time.
– It could well be that Sweden becomes an annual destination for the UFC, with White saying that the country has “been good” for the promotion so far.
– Dana has a little laugh at Tito Ortiz’s expense after the ex-UFC star held a rather shambolic press conferenced yesterday to announce ‘Cyborg’ Santos signing with Invicta FC.
He then drops a rather bizarre revelation that the UFC actually offered to sign ‘Cyborg’ up to a contract that would give her all the perks and benefits of being a UFC fighter, yet would still allow her to go ahead and fight for Invicta FC…yet her management turned it down and then signed a deal with Invicta FC anyway.
– Dana takes a dig at Bellator, stating that even during the last season of TUF which drew their lowest ever ratings, they were still pulling bigger numbers than Bellator’s live events on Spike TV (not quite true – a few TUF 16 episodes fell below the 700,000 mark, though the season average was above 800,000).
– He doesn’t think Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney (who he’s taken to calling ‘Bjork’) is actually running the company – he believes Viacom now have the reigns.
– Nick Diaz may have turned up to a recent press conference to promote his next fight with GSP, but he’s gone AWOL again when it’s time to film the Countdown preview show for the event. According to White a film crew has been in his native Stockton for two weeks and don’t have any footage with Diaz yet which is costing them a lot of money.
– The UFC president admits that the first official fighter rankings (which were voted on by members of the press) weren’t perfect and he does believe Chael Sonnen should still have been one of the top ranked 185lb’ers.
– The UFC’s regular cut men ‘Stitch’ and ‘House’ weren’t at the event and White says that’s due to the fact that they are hosting too many events now and can’t fly them to every show so they are using perfectly capable cut men from the UK instead. Apparently the two UFC regulars weren’t happy with the decision though.
White says it’s just the way it has to be and points out that they also had a new UK Octagon girl tonight to cover for Brittney and Arianny for the same reason.
– White half-jokingly calls UFC matchmaker Joe Silva a “mean little f*cker” as he doesn’t take kindly to fighters turning down a fight.
– Melvin Manhoef wants to get into the UFC, and White admits he is someone they are interested in.
– White scores fights based on damage and believes if a submission is applied, but doesn’t produce a tap then it doesn’t count the same way that a missed punch doesn’t count.
– He admits to being frustrated with Matt Riddle’s performance after he used wrestling to grind out a win on the mat and from the clinch.
– White wants refs to break apart fighters who are just stuck in the clinch.
– 205lb woud be Daniel Comier’s best weight class according to White, and is perhaps most likely since he doesn’t want to fight his friend Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title.
– White would like to see MMA become a sport in the Olympics. He wouldn’t allow UFC fighters to compete there though, he believes it would be for amateurs just like it is for other sports like boxing.
– He’s excited for next week’s Rousey Vs Carmouche event. He’s been impressed with Rousey’s striking improvements and thinks she could take on some men and win.