Dana White Talks About Abu Dhabi Deal, Brock Lesnar’s Health, And Who’s Next For BJ Penn

UFC president Dana White has been back out in front of the cameras this week to discuss Zuffa’s decision to sell 10% of the company to the ‘Flash Entertainment’ group, amongst a host of other matters.

Here are some of the key-notes that was gleaned from his interview with Ariel Helwani for mmafighting.com, and on the set of the CNBC network.

On The Zuffa / Flash Entertainment Deal:

  • Flash Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi government have bought 10% of the company for an undisclosed amount.
  • The Zuffa company is now owned on the following basis: The Fertita Brothers (40.5% each), Flash Entertainment (10%), Dana White (9%).
  • White describes ‘Flash’ as a “strategic partner”, who can help get the UFC to break into markets around the world – such as The Middle East –  quicker than would otherwise have been possible.
  • A UFC event is being planned for Abu Dhabi this year, and White suggests that ‘Flash Entertainment’ are planning to build an arena for it.  That fact may delay the planned date of May 1st for the event, though nothing has been decided as yet.

On The Next Challenger For BJ Penn’s Lightweight Title:

  • White confirms that Frankie Edgar will face BJ in April.
  • He goes on to say that after watching Gray Maynard’s last two fights he doesn’t feel he’s ready for BJ Penn.

On The UFC Fight Night 20 Event:

  • He admits he was a little disappointed with the main event.
  • He also questioned some of the judges decisions, particularly those in the Maynard – Diaz and Simpson – Lawlor fights.

On Brock Lesnar’s Health:

  • Dana White will hold a press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday or Wednesday regarding Brock Lesnar.
  • Brock Lesnar will be attending the media gathering.
  • White was cagey on the reason for the conference, saying, “I don’t know if it’s good news or bad news – it’s just news.”

Watch both of Dana White’s recent interviews below:

Dana White Talks To Ariel Helwani:

Dana White And Lorenzo Fertita On CNBC:

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