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Dana White Will Unveil ‘The Future Of Fighting’ In The Next Two Months

The UFC president is teasing major announcements that could change the face of combat sports.

Big things are going on behind the scenes with the UFC, apparently.

That’s according to Dana White, who has been known to engage in a bit of hyperbole in the past. But even for a guy who gets way too hyped for every new season of The Ultimate Fighter, White legitimately seems to believe the company is about to revolutionize fighting again.

That was the claim in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto following the thrilling UFC 236, which featured two of the best title fights in recent memory.

”I told everybody yesterday, wait til you see what we’re working on in Vegas right now,” White said. “In the next two months, I’m going to unveil the future. Not of the UFC, of fighting. I’m going to unveil the future of fighting in the next two months. And the amount of talent that we’re looking at right now, the shows that we’re creating to create talent right now.”

”We’ve been on a roll for a while now where every weekend the fights are absolutely ridiculous and we’re going to continue. This partnership that we have with ESPN right now is … is a big deal, man.”

It’s unclear what White is referring to. There’s been talk of more UFC Performance Institutes around the world. Really big cards seem poised to be announced from July onwards, with a McGregor return seemingly inevitable. Aggressive pricing deals from Disney owned ESPN+ could make being a UFC fan a slightly less costly hobby.

Make me a believer, Dana White! All things are possible through ESPN and UFC and Endeavor!

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Dana White Will Unveil ‘The Future Of Fighting’ In The Next Two Months

The UFC president is teasing major announcements that could change the face of combat sports.

Big things are going on behind the scenes with the UFC, apparently.

That’s according to Dana White, who has been known to engage in a bit of hyperbole in the past. But even for a guy who gets way too hyped for every new season of The Ultimate Fighter, White legitimately seems to believe the company is about to revolutionize fighting again.

That was the claim in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto following the thrilling UFC 236, which featured two of the best title fights in recent memory.

”I told everybody yesterday, wait til you see what we’re working on in Vegas right now,” White said. “In the next two months, I’m going to unveil the future. Not of the UFC, of fighting. I’m going to unveil the future of fighting in the next two months. And the amount of talent that we’re looking at right now, the shows that we’re creating to create talent right now.”

”We’ve been on a roll for a while now where every weekend the fights are absolutely ridiculous and we’re going to continue. This partnership that we have with ESPN right now is … is a big deal, man.”

It’s unclear what White is referring to. There’s been talk of more UFC Performance Institutes around the world. Really big cards seem poised to be announced from July onwards, with a McGregor return seemingly inevitable. Aggressive pricing deals from Disney owned ESPN+ could make being a UFC fan a slightly less costly hobby.

Make me a believer, Dana White! All things are possible through ESPN and UFC and Endeavor!

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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Midnight Mania! Why Won’t Dana Give McGregor UFC Equity?

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Conor McGregor REALLY wants a share in the UFC. The thing is, it wouldn’t be difficult at all to give it to him. WME-IMG are already paying him more than any UFC fighter in history. Celebrities, including Mark Wahlberg, already own shares in the company. McGregor is as much a celebrity as he is a fighter. Why, then, is Dana White so against the idea?

The word ‘idea’ is key. Inherent in the relationship between the UFC and it’s fighters is the underlying, implicit understanding of the way capitalism works. Fighters do the fighting, UFC owners do the profiting. Workers work, owners of capital profit because they own the capital. If you own the thing, you can do what you want with the thing. Never mind that the UFC paid it’s fighters roughly 17 percent of revenue before the ESPN deal (certainly even less now). They own the show. Everyone else is an employee (except not quite, they don’t get a 401K, or the right to collectively bargain via a union). In this sense, the UFC is exactly like the rest of America. This is more and more how the world works: huge monopolistic corporations own the planet, the rest of us just live on it. The era of workers organizing to limit the power of capital ended 40 years ago. If the UFC wants to unilaterally trade away the fighters’ right to wear any sponsor they want in favor of one sponsor that pays a fraction of the amount individual fighters could get, all the fighters sign that contract amendment. That’s how Justin Gaethje made just $ 4,000 in ‘promotional guidelines compliance pay’ for wearing Reebok gear.

Every single fighter in the company is underpaid relative to the value of the ‘product’, the violence they create in the Octagon. This is especially true in the ESPN era, where the value of the fights they put on is paid for by the hardcore audience that bought an ESPN+ subscription, and the revenue comes mostly from a stable TV deal, and less from individual stars on Pay-Per-View (PPV). The UFC needs the likes of Donald Cerrone, Michelle Waterson, Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, Josh Emmett, and Aljamain Sterling, to fill their TV and streaming slots.

Even the top stars are underpaid, though; perhaps especially the top stars. Floyd Mayweather made a minimum purse of 32 million dollars fighting Andre Berto, a fight that sold between 400,000 and 550,000 PPV buys. By comparison, Conor McGregor made 3 million guaranteed minimum fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov, a fight that sold 2.4 million PPV buys. Sure, McGregor no doubt made a lot more than that with what the UFC considers a generous cut of the PPV sales, but before the fight he estimated that he would make 50 million if the fight sold 3 to 3.5 million buys. It’s safe to estimate he made much less than that with the actual buyrate. For a fight that quintupled the buyrate of Mayweather-Berto, McGregor likely made a comparable amount of money. The reason for the difference? Mayweather owns his own promotion. Without getting into the legal differences between boxing and MMA created by boxing’s Ali Act, that’s the reason Mayweather gets much bigger paychecks.

In short, Dana White realizes that giving any fighters equity in the company threatens to blur this clear line between labor and capital that allows the UFC’s owners to get away with capturing ~85% of the revenue unquestioned. This is just how the world works, naturally, like the divine right of kings. Giving a fighter ownership would threaten to shatter the illusion that anything else is impossible.


Insomnia

This lifetime ban is not an April Fools joke! USADA has no chill.

The gi offers so many possibilities

Insane choke

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Savage no arm triangle choke #valhallaclub

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RETURN TO SENDER

Petr Yan calls out Jimmie Rivera, but if I were Rivera, I wouldn’t want that fight coming off two losses in a row.

This was the first time Michael Johnson has ever been knocked cold like that, but he’s taking it in stride. It’s criminal Josh Emmett hasn’t gotten a post-fight bonus though.

Ouch. Paul Felder doesn’t care though. He’s got thick skin.

I think… Justin Gaethje might be right. If his wrestling is as good as his pedigree suggests, he just might be the toughest matchup for the Dagestani champion.

Dan Henderson’s still got jokes in retirement

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I wish I would have seen this sooner.

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Anthony Pettis knocking out Stephen Thompson is better when it’s Dark Souls

McGregor congratulated Justin Gaethje

Amanda Nunes is right, Tatiana Suarez is the top contender if she beats Nina Ansaroff, but the real gem is in the replies, where Ansaroff, who is Nunes’ partner, complains that Nunes can’t get her pregnant.

Max Holloway is fighting Dustin Poirier this weekend, so just a reminder of what we could be in for:


Random Land

OWNED

How about a magic trick? Ever seen an octopus disappear?

Normally this would make me nervous but you can tell this giant cat just wants rubs.

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Dana White: Personal Issues Delaying Ferguson’s Return

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson hasn’t competed since defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 in a thrilling brawl last October (see it again here).

Though it hasn’t been for a lack of offers, as it was revealed that “El Cucuy” passed on the chance to face current Featherweight champion Max Holloway at the upcoming UFC 236 event on April 13 for, you guessed it, the interim title at 155 pounds.

While Tony did say that fight just wasn’t something that fit his goals at the moment, UFC president Dana White recently revealed that “a lot of personal issues” is what’s keeping Ferguson out of the Octagon. White said as much when responding to a fan on social media.

Screenshot courtesy of Bloody Elbow.


The day prior to Dana’s statement, Ferguson published this cryptic tweet:

To further add to the intrigue, Sherdog founder Jeff Sherwood revealed he had an inside tip regarding an incident involving Tony’s family, though he didn’t reveal much.

Meanwhile, “El Cucuy” latest social media post had this to say:

The best thing anyone could do for me is give me a chance to be GREAT, thank you for believing in me. Pursuing something Amazing gives me the strength of 100 men. DOUBT MAKES ME STRONG keep it coming “Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork”

Ferguson is currently riding an impressive 11 fight win streak and hasn’t tasted defeat in nearly seven years, which is good enough to give him the No. 1 ranking in the world, only behind division champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Dana White Is Not A Fan Of Johnny Walker’s Kick Worm Celebration

We know it can be hard to keep up with all the up and coming talent in the UFC, but if there’s one fighter on the roster you want to pay more attention to in 2019, Johnny Walker wouldn’t be a bad choice. The Brazilian has fought three times since November of 2018, finishing all his opponents in just under three minutes combined. His latest victim: Misha Cirkunov, who he took out with a flying knee in the first exchange of the fight (watch it here).

And while Walker didn’t take a single shot in that fight, he ended up walking away injured. A victory celebration gone wrong resulted in him faceplanting on the canvas so hard he dislocated his shoulder. He sheepishly admitted as much during his interview with Joe Rogan and the damage was confirmed by Dana White at the post-fight press conference.

”This kid’s special, and I wish he would stop doing that s**t after,” White said. “There’s no upside to celebrating like that after, doing the kick worm or whatever the hell that thing is that he was he was trying to do. It’s unnecessary. You don’t need to do it. What you did was impressive enough.”

”I’m hearing that he’s OK. It’s all I’ve been terrorizing the medical staff about tonight. They’re going to wait until Monday to get him an MRI, because he said he was fine. All the symptoms looked good after the fight. Hopefully, that’s true.”

Walker sees it as nothing more than a preparation issue.

”I have to train more, because I don’t train the celebration,” he told a media scrum shortly after the win (via MMA Fighting). “Everything I train, I do well. Like I train that flying knee, I my the punch, I do them good. But I don’t train the celebration and it goes like this.”

Once his minor shoulder injury heals up, you can expect to see Johnny Walker on another lineup sooner rather than later.

“This guy wants to fight every weekend, which I love,” White said. “When you are a rising star and you have the talent that that guy does, staying active is the best thing for your career. We’re not looking to throw him in against anyone serious any time soon.”

For a company that’s been known to throw its hot prospects to the wolves, that’s a refreshing thing to hear. So keep your eyes peeled for the Johnny Walker show, coming to you every couple of weeks, celebration injuries permitting.

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Midnight Mania! Dana White: McGregor-Cerrone ‘Nowhere Close’

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Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone is no longer close to happening, according to Dana White. McGregor had congratulated Cerrone after ‘Cowboy’ won impressively over Alex Hernandez, offering him a fight. Briefly, it was even rumored (by Cerrone) that the bout would be for the interim lightweight title. However, as we covered recently, negotiations appear to have stalled. From ESPN.com:

“These two have been talking about this, and I said if they want to fight, I would do it, but we’re nowhere close to a fight,” White said. “We’re actually looking at other fights right now for Cowboy.”

Immediately following the news conference, White mentioned to ESPN that Al Iaquinta (14-4-1) was a potential opponent for Cerrone (35-11). He also guessed McGregor would return in the fall.

It isn’t clear what snag the parties involved hit, but if the UFC are looking for a new opponent for Cerrone, it would seem likely the issue is on Conor’s end. As for Iaquinta being the next opponent for Cerrone, well, ‘Ragin’ Al’ ain’t buying it just yet.

He is open to the idea, though. Iaquinta would, in many ways, be a perfect opponent for Cerrone’s return to lightweight. Iaquinta is ranked 4th at lightweight, but with just the one win over Kevin Lee at his back, Al isn’t in the title picture just yet.


Insomnia

What is going on with Tony lately?

What doesn’t humiliate you doesn’t make you stronger, right?

No thank you, Jon Jones, we don’t need cruiserweight. There is barely enough talent for light heavyweight as it is. Just go to heavyweight already.

It’s Tom Lawler and Robbie Lawlor, get it straight people.

Leslie Smith explains why Nate Diaz is immune to the UFC’s usual negotiating strongarm tactics: he’s rich.

Mirko Cro Cop apparently burst a vein in his neck after rolling it to try to release excess tension, and had a stroke. That’s curtains on his long and illustrious career, which reached the highest levels in both MMA and kickboxing.

We don’t deserve Ben Askren

Ben and Chael Sonnen talk trash… talk.

Ben Askren was that guy in class. He had to be.

Tony Ferguson Grappled With Lightning, Sparred Thunder, And Conquered His Fears

These are good points, Khabib Nurmagomedov.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Mirko Cro Cop’s career is over. Long live Mirko Cro Cop.

This was some knockout


Podcasts and Video

Anthony Smith has a mean right cross. Andrew and Andrew (neither of which are me) explain:

Jon Jones’ guillotine choke:

Heavy Hands

MMA Ratings


Random Land

This is another level of pointless- a card player got banned for taking PEDs (which don’t enhance performance when your sport is sitting around a table)

A reminder that Lars Anderson is a ridiculously skilled archer

Good point

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Dana To Khabib: You Can’t Sit Out That Long

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight division is at a bit of a standstill at the moment, as division king Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t return to action until this November after he added three months to his nine-month suspension handed down by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

With plenty of contenders chomping at the bit for their chance at winning UFC gold, a lot of frustration is brewing around the division, with some taking the promotion to task for the current mess.

As far as Dana White is concerned, another interim title fight could be coming up soon,

“Guys can’t sit out and wait that long if they have the title, you can’t do it. So if that’s true and he is going to do that, then we have to figure out something else,” said White during the UFC 234 post-fight press conference (video replay here).

“You start looking at whether it’s Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, or one of these other guys. Whoever wants to…when opportunity knocks, answer the door. So we will see how this thing plays out. That’s the criteria.”

According to Donald Cerrone, he and Conor McGregor will be fighting for the interim strap soon enough, though White didn’t confirm or deny it during the presser. One fight White does like is Tony Ferguson facing off against “The Eagle,” though things might get a bit more complicated should ““El Cucuy” opt to wait for Khabib while an interim title is introduced.

Indeed, the 155-pound division is very murky, but if White has his way and Khabib sticks to his self-imposed year long ban from the Octagon, it could get cleared up a bit in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

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Dana White: UFC on Fox 31 Co-Main Event ‘Should’ve Been Stopped Earlier Than It Was’

Edson Barboza unleashed a savage beating on Dan Hooker in the UFC on Fox 31 co-main event, but “The Hangman” showed incredible toughness for surviving as long as he did.
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