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Old 02-19-2007, 10:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Dana White Interview

as stated in an interview with dana on mmaweekly radio tonight...

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Dana White, notes and quotes:

BRANDON VERA
- Vera has one more fight. The UFC is negotiating with Vera. White understands that people want to make more money, but "there's a certain way that we have to pay certain guys."

PRIDE BEING FOR SALE
- If White bought PRIDE, he would want to run it as a separate promotion in Asia.
- "If PRIDE's for sale, I'm interested."

THE IFL'S TEAM CONCEPT
- "Fighting isn't a team sport. Who wants to see the Crazy Beavers fight the Woodchucks?"
- Questions the structure of the IFL's team concept, and says he hasn't watched any of the IFL's programs, citing a lack of time outside of business endeavors. Wonders how the payscale would work for a team with only one or two great fighters.

DIEGO SANCHEZ
- White says Diego Sanchez has a legitimate shot at the Welterweight Championship.
- "Look how fantastic Sanchez has been, and he's still a fight away from getting a title shot."

JON FITCH
- Cites Jon Fitch as a legitimate welterweight fighter.

TRAVIS LUTTER
- White was disappointed in Travis Lutter. Said the premise of the TUF 4 show was that the veterans were getting a title shot; Lutter ruined the premise.

NATE QUARRY
- White says Quarry thinks he's healthy enough to come back to the UFC. White says the problem is Quarry has taken a long layoff, and might not be able to get right back into competition.

EVAN TANNER
- "Evan's still got some personal problems that he's been working on. Evan's one of those guys who [always brings his best] ... [he's] always welcome in the UFC."

PHIL BARONI:
- "I love Phil, but I never told him that [he'd get a title shot in the UFC after beating Frank Shamrock]. I would love to see him knock Frank Shamrock's head off his ****ing shoulders."
- "I'll make Phil my step-son [if he destroys Shamrock]."

FRANK SHAMROCK
- "Shamrock's a ****ing knucklehead. I heard he cheated [in the Renzo Gracie bout] ... I heard that Renzo was beating his ass and he cheated."

MATT LINDLAND
- "[The bridge hasn't been burned]. I have no problem with Matt. Matt knows what he did wrong ... I don't hate Matt Lindland. I've actually talked to him [about being back in the UFC]."

MIRKO "CRO COP" FILIPOVIC
- "I'm working on [getting him to attend the press conferences]. There's nothing I hate more than fighters that don't give access to the fans."
- "If he gets through [Gabriel] Gonzaga, he'll fight the winner of Randy [Couture] and Tim [Sylvia]. [Cro Cop's title shot could happen] this Summer."
- "They tell me he can't [make 205 pounds], but Chuck Liddell told me he'll move up to heavyweight to fight him."
- "Cro Cop flew here the day of the weigh-ins, then he's never fought in an Octagon. Was here on one day's notice, fought. That's pretty crazy."

QUINTON "RAMPAGE" JACKSON
- "[The Liddell-Jackson rematch] will be soon, too. I think we'll see [them both fight one more opponent each], and then they'll fight each other."
- White says he's working on an opponent for Liddell.

RASHAD EVANS
- "Rashad and I are very close. We were half-assed joking [at the press conference]. At the end of the day, for the right money, these guys will fight their own mom."

KEITH JARDINE
- "Keith Jardine needs more fights [before fighting for the title]. Everyone wants to ****ing execute [these guys]."

HEATH HERRING
- "[Whether or not Herring will be a legitimate heavyweight contender] depends on how he rebounds. He caught Jake O'Brien and dropped him in the first round ... his wrestling sucks, but he kept trying to finish the fight. He was trying to stop the fight the entire time. I give him the credit for trying to finish it."

JAKE O'BRIEN
- "He's got a lot of holes in his game ... he needs to work on the other aspects of his game."
- White believes O'Brien is a talented young fighter with a bright future.

TITO ORTIZ
- "I think there's a lot of different fights for Tito right now. [Keith] Jardine, Rashad [Evans]."
- "[White's boxing match with Ortiz] is April 24th. It will probably be on the Internet."

KURT ANGLE
- "I had a meeting with Kurt ... he said he was interested [in fighting for the UFC]. Then he signed with TNA. 'Are you a wrestler or are you a fighter?' I'm not going to blur those lines."

NATHAN MARQUARDT
- "Yeah, I think Nate's in line for a title shot. I think you could see him next. [Marquardt-Silva] would be a great fight."

IVAN SALAVERRY
- "I don't know [when we'll see him again]. Ivan's a good guy ... I like Ivan, too."
- Acknowledges that the Marquardt-Salaverry fight sucked.

FRANK MIR
- "It'll be interesting to see [what will come of Mir]. I'd like to see [a comeback] happen, but who knows."

RYOTO MACHIDA
- "Hell yeah I was [impressed with Machida]! He's fast ... I like him."

THE WFA ACQUISITIONS
- "We're going to work out deals with the [WFA acquisitions] that we want to keep."

JASON "MAYHEM" MILLER
- "Maybe [we'll see him in the UFC]."

ASSUERIO SILVA
- "[Assuerio Silva]'s with us."

UFC ROSTER
- "We've got so many guys under contract now, it's so ****ing hard to remember everybody."

UFC AND SPIKE TV'S FUTURE
- "I think we're doing six live events this year [on Spike TV]. A lot [more seasons of TUF to come]."

CURRENT STATE OF MMA
- "Right now is the greatest time for MMA. Enjoy it while you can."
- Suggests that boxing promoters getting into MMA will ruin the sport by stifling "dream" matchups. Says, if you think Liddell-Silva not fighting is a disappointment, wait until boxing promoters make it even worse.

SEEING WOMEN IN THE UFC
- "Not right now ... we're in a hard enough place trying to sell this and getting it out there. I hate to sound demeaning to women ... I've seen plenty of talented women, and Gina Carano is one of them. It's just not the right time. These little organizations can [make these fights] and it doesn't phase them."

THE UFC VIDEO GAME
- "We've committed to making the greatest fight game anyone's ever seen."

PRIDE'S NEXT U.S. SHOW
- "I'll be in England [during PRIDE 33]. If it isn't UFC, I don't see it."
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ill believe it when I see it, but if Chuck does do this then more power to him. Takes alot of balls to not only take a fight with Crocop but move into a weight thats definetly better suited for Mirko.
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, he said Chuck wants Cro Cop. Crazy shit though. That was an awesome interview. He also said Chuck and Page will have one more fight each before they face each other.

He talked some shit about Frank Shamrock and said he'll bring back Baroni if he gets past Frank.

Talked some shit about Gary Shaw (owner of Elite XC).

Said Rashad and Jardine will fight if the moey is right as there is no way around it.

All kinds of cool shit. Great interview.
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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can some1 confirm this
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i would be excited if anyone but anton said it. he's like the boy that cried wolf. anyone that can confirm this or better yet have the audio?
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That would be crazy if he did it. He better put those mitts up if he really wants to bang with cro cop. If he fights like he has been, he'll last about 10 seconds. But damn!!! I would love to see that fight. Plus, it's cool that rampage gets another fight before he takes on chuck.
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what he say about elite xc?
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