Dana White appeared on the FOX Sports Live show yesterday to talk about TUF 18, UFC 166 and his recent decision to cut Rousimar Palhares.
Check out the keynotes below and scroll down to watch the full interview for yourselves.
– White says that the ratings for TUF 18 have been better when the women have been fighting which indicates that bringing them into the UFC has been a successful move.
– He’s not surprised by the way Ronda Rousey has come off on the show, noting that since she first signed with the UFC he’s always called her, “mean and nasty”. He believes she’s a natural competitor who doesn’t like to lose – it’s part of the reason he signed her.
– White isn’t worried about Rousey’s acting career, saying that she’s handling it the right way by always keeping the UFC informed with what’s going on. In fact, since she’s been on the set of ‘The Expendables 3’ he says she’s been in contact with him almost daily. He also confirms that she’ll move on to film ‘Fast & Furious 7’ after that.
He believes the movie roles aren’t a distraction for her as she’s got a full fight camp running at the same time, and right now she already weights 140lbs, only 5lbs off her natural fight weight.
– Moving on to UFC 166, he reveals that Cain Velasquez told Lorenzo Fertitta that he deliberately chose not to submit or KO Dos Santos in their second fight, saying that he wanted to punish him for five full rounds.
– Dana White’s has his reservations about letting veteran fighter Renzo Gracie fight one last time in the UFC saying that fighting is a young man’s sport and that Gracie has nothing to prove and doesn’t need the money so he questions why he wants to do it. Gracie appears to be passionate about doing this though which White acknowledges, but points out that Gracie hasn’t picked up the phone and called him about it, so if he’s serious that’s what he needs to do.
– On Rousimar Palhares being cut from the UFC, White dismisses the idea that the fighter and his camp are ‘perplexed’ by the decision. He says the submission hold that Palhares had on Mike Pierce is widely known to be the “dirtiest, nastiest submission that you can put someone in.” As such, when a fighter taps it’s your duty to let go immediately, and if you don’t White will have no qualms about releasing you.
As for whether he may forgive Palhares in the future if he cleans up his act, White shakes his head and points out that he has a history of doing this, that he knew exactly what he was doing, and that it was “despicable” so he won’t ever be welcome in the UFC again.