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Dana White comments on the Sale of the UFC, Fedor’s future in the UFC as well as Bisping/Henderon 2

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UFC President Dana White was a guest on the inaugural episode of UFC Unfiltered podcast hosted by Jim Norton and Matt Serra. During his time on this show, White spoke about some of the hot topics circulating in the world of MMA recently, including the rumored sale of the UFC, the much talked about Fedor Emelianenko fight at EFN 50, and the future of new middleweight Champion Michael Bisping.

When asked about UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, Dana White had very complementary things to say. He described Bisping’s win over Luke Rockhold as “one of the biggest upsets ever in the history of the UFC.”  He went on to say “he has been in the UFC for 10 years, and he never turns down a fight, he is always in the top 10, you can never underestimate him.” Which is exactly what White thinks Luke Rockhold did coming into this title match. Later in the show, White spoke about the possibility of Bisping fighting fellow UFC 199 winning fighter Dan Henderson. This is a matchup that both Henderson and Bisping have been vocally campaigning for. White said that he was very impressed with the Henderson win over Hector Lombard, saying “at 45 years old for Dan Henderson to still be doing what he is doing, I mean, going into UFC 199 nobody was talking about that fight with Lombard, but I thought that it would probably end up as the fight of the night. These 2 guys are both guys who can end a fight with one punch, just blasting away at each other. It was awesome, and the love Dan got at the end, and I know a lot of people want to see that fight, but there are so many guys that we would have to jump over to do that, but most of them are hurt. Jacare is hurt, Weidman is hurt, Rockhold just lost, so I wouldn’t rule it out.” White went on to comment on the fact that Henderson had stated in the recent past that he may be close to retirement “He said win, lose, or draw he would retire, but he wins the belt I highly doubt he would retire.”

White was then asked about his thoughts on the EFN 50 fight this past weekend between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabio Maldonado, and to address the talks of Emelianenko finally joining the UFC roster. To this White said “It was a fun fight to watch. (The referee) were going to let him die before they stopped the fight, but it was a testament to how tough, durable, and mentally strong Fedor is. He was out and got back up. He has a chin and he’s a tough guy.”  When asked about the probability of the UFC signing Fedor he said “we’ll see, we have been negotiating with him for many, many, many years. I’ll tell you this, Fight Pass did very well with the fight, people still want to watch Fedor.”

One of the biggest rumors circulating recently regarding the UFC is the possible sale of the multi-billion dollar company. Although White would not concretely comment to a yes or no, he simply reassured the employees of the company that they should not be worried. He called the ordeal surrounding the rumours of a sale “the most disruptive thing ever in the history of the company” and went on to say “everybody who works for me, let this be the last thing you worry about.” When asked about whether or not he would stay on if this possible sale goes through, he simply replied “don’t even worry about stuff like that.”

 

 

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UFC to Sell #VegasStrong Shirts and Donate the Proceeds

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Our hearts are heavy this week as we remember our brothers and sisters that lost their lives in Las Vegas.

The perpetrator Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 more.

It was the largest mass shooting in Modern American history.

Dana White and the UFC were quick to step up as they donated $1M to the residents of Las Vegas who were affected by this tragedy. White has also stated that this weekend’s UFC 216 card will be “dedicated to the entire city of Las Vegas.”

The UFC and Fanatics have also teamed up to sell #VegasStrong shirts and 100% percent of the proceeds will be donated.

These shirts are available at UFCStore.com

#VegasStrong

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Dana White posts sparring footage of Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi

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What happens in the gym, stays in the gym.

That is, until recently when Conor McGregor’s camp posted photos of his former training partner Paul Malignaggi on the receiving end of what looked to be a knockdown during a sparring session. McGregor, preparing for the blockbuster fight against Floyd Mayweather taking place on August 26, brought in Malinaggi to help sharpen and test his skills in preparation for the boxing contest.

However, when pictures of their sparring battles surfaced, painting Malignaggi in a negative light. The former IBF/WBA World Champion boxer turned analyst took to social media to defend himself stating the images were taken out of context, sparking controversy.

Late Friday evening, UFC President Dana White out all of the rumors to bed by taking to Instagram to post a pair of clips from their sparring session, most notably, the infamous “knock down” that Malignaggi defended adamantly.

Video 1: The video shows McGregor blasting Malignaggi with a hard left hand that popped his head back and then following up with a series of punches causing Malignaggi to retreat from the pressure.

 

Video 2: The knockdown. Conor hits Malignaggi with a punching combination, sending the former boxing champion to the canvas.

While the knock down does come after a series of punches from McGregor, Malignaggi was not completely knocked out. With this video evidence coming to light, it seems the UFC Lightweight Champion’s hands may be better prepared for the upcoming fight against one of boxing’s best than previously thought.

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather takes place on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 2 Recap

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The second week of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series provided some incredible moments from fighters looking to earn their shot in the UFC.

With five fights on the docket and Dana White handing out only one, possibly two UFC contracts at the end of the show, fighters not only had to win their fights, but make a statement to impress the boss. If nobody makes a strong enough impression, White could also decide to not award anyone with a contract.

That was not the case on Week 2 thanks to three exciting finishes.

Sean O’Malley said in video packages in the lead up that he shows up to knock people out and he did exactly that with an exciting first round finish of Alfred Khashakyan. O’Malley kept his undefeated record in tact by utilizing hard, fight-ending strikes that sent his opponent to the canvas in the closing minute of the first round. A hard right hand dropped Khashakyan for good and O’Malley ran over towards Dana White to let him know he’s ready for his shot.

The Ultimate Fighter 22 veteran Thanh Le got the fans on their feet with his impressive finish of Lazar Stojadinovic, and made his case with Laura Sanko for Dana White to give him a contract.  Stojadinovic, a solid boxer began fighting angry in the second round after getting caught with a few clean strikes, which only left more openings for Le. Moments later, Le would land a beautiful kick followed up by hard strikes to get the second-round stoppage.

Daniel Spohn, after a rough start to his fight against Angel De Anda, recovered from illegal blows to the back of the head to lock in a submission in the first round. Referee Big John McCarthy paused the action after three illegal blows by De Anda, and once the action resumed, Spohn blitzed across the cage to unleash strikes and eventually find the arm triangle submission.

At the conclusion of the show, Dana White decided to give Sean O’Malley an opportunity on the big stage by awarding him with a UFC contract due to his flashy, exciting style inside the Octagon.

Below are the full results of Week 2:

  • Daniel Spohn (16-5) vs. Angel De Anda (18-6)
    • Result: Daniel Spohn def. Angel De Anda via Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 1 – 3:10
  • Sean O’Malley (8-0) vs. Alfred Khashakyan (8-4)
    • Result: Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 4:14
  • Thanh Le (7-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (15-6)
    • Result: Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via KO (Strikes), Round 2 – 1:35
  • Sidney Outlaw (9-4) vs. Michael Cora (4-2)
    • Result: Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • CJ Hamilton (11-5) vs. Casey Kenney (7-0-1)
    • Result: Casey Kenney def. CJ Hamilton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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