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Swanson Shoots Down Reports Of Aldo Rematch At UFC 233

Consider the gun officially jumped.

Cub Swanson will not be fighting Jose Aldo at the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Anaheim, Calif., despite online reports suggesting the deal was already done. The part-time brewer did, however, express interest in that potential rematch at a later date.

Swanson and Aldo have fought just about everyone there is to fight on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, including one another, thanks to more than a decade spent throwing hands in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Anyone else suddenly nostalgic for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)?

Aldo (27-4) ran through Swanson in just eight seconds at WEC 41 way back in 2009, part of a ridiculous 18-fight winning streak that included two championship titles and nine violent finishes. “Junior” was eventually upended by Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and has since gone 2-2 with a pair of losses to current champion Max Holloway.

After his drubbing against Aldo, Swanson (25-10) rebounded to win eight of his next 10, but has recently fallen on hard times. “Killer Cub” is mired in a three-fight losing streak in which he was finished twice, including last August’s submission loss to Brazilian wunderkind Renato Carneiro.

Not sure if the promotion (or Aldo) would be interested in holding off until February, but I don’t hate this fight, considering where both combatants are in their respective careers.

Anyone disagree?

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Whittaker Shoots Down ‘Bulls—t’ Rumor Spread By Dana White

“Seems ridiculous that we’re still talking about Rob becoming mainstream in his own country, but from what I hear from my people, Rob doesn’t love doing PR.” — Dana White

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, is scheduled to defend his title against top 185-pound contender, Kelvin Gastelum, at the upcoming UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Feb. 10, 2019 inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

That will, of course, require champion and challenger to promote their five-round affair both locally and abroad. But it seems “The Reaper” is being accused of acting like a media diva and refusing to meet his championship responsibilities.

So naturally, promotion president Dana White ran with it during his recent press tour “Down Under,” because White likes to tell the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when his fighters are acting like insufferable egomaniacs.

“Someone told Dana White that I don’t do PR or I’m not easy to work with and that’s bullshit,” Whittaker told Submission Radio. “I’ve done every PR and every media event they’ve put up to me. The big thing is, though, they get the shits when I say, ‘Sorry, I can’t make it, I have training at this time.’ What do you want me to do? Do you want me to fight or do you want me to do this? Work around me a little bit. It was just a miscommunication and that’s all.”

It’s not uncommon for UFC champions to complain about their media obligations because the more famous you get, the more coverage you receive. That was one of the biggest problems the “attacked” Ronda Rousey had during her championship title reign, which eventually led to this.

“I do all sorts of media stuff,” Whittaker said. “I’ve never said no or turned down a media event unless it clashes hard with a session I cannot miss. So, it’s part of the job. I think it’s just gotta be a healthy balance. I don’t know anything about running the company of UFC. That’s not my specialty. All I do know is that I need to train in order to win fights. UFC want me to win fights. So if you want me to do PR, let’s work together, let’s work around it. Try to fit in around my times, please.”

Silly “Reaper,” only the fighting Irish are allowed to get away with that.

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Calvillo Wants Waterson, Shoots Down Weigh-In Conspiracies

Some of you newer fans may not remember when Gina Carano weighed in for EliteXC: “Heat” back in 2008, but poor “Conviction” had to drop her drawers — and everything else — in order to hit the 141-pound mark for her catchweight fight against Kelly Kobald.

The towels were less than cooperative, leading to a few close calls (recap here).

These days, female fighters who strip to make weight get to lumber onstage hiding inside that shower-curtain costume that Daniel LaRusso wore in The Karate Kid, but even then things can get a bit dicey.

That explains why Cynthia Calvillo was so wobbly when trying to make weight for UFC Fight Night 140 last weekend in Argentina (watch the replay here). Sure, she felt like shit, but by her own words, she wasn’t on the verge of fainting.

“I think it looked way worse when I weighed in,” Calvillo said on Saturday. “It looked like I almost fainted, but the truth of the matter is when I got onto the scale my face didn’t look too happy. I was being really careful, the towel itself was too low, they told me to put my hands up and I would have shown my whole top. So that’s why I went down, it looked like I was gonna faint, but that’s not the case. I just didn’t want to give everyone a free show.”

Calvillo came in at 118 pounds for her strawweight fight against Poliana Botelho, a bout she won by first-round submission to kick off the FOX Sports 1 main card from inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires (highlights here).

Perhaps it’s time for that Michelle Waterson fight?

Calvillo (7-1) was actually booked to throw down with “Karate Hottie” earlier this year; however, a failed drug test for marijuana torpedoed that bout and sent Waterson to victory against Cortney Casey-Sanchez last April.

“It’s just a fight that we had at the time,” Cavillo said. “She was somebody who was ranked above me. I think it’s a good fight, I have respect for her, but we signed a contract and I like following through with it.”

Waterson (16-6) was last seen capturing a unanimous decision win over Felice Herrig at UFC 229 back in October.

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Midnight Mania! DC Shoots Down Romero’s Title Shot Hopes

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If you are like me, you have learned to accept this new era of free-for-all matchmaking and even make the choice to enjoy it. Fun fights- call them money fights if you like- are still fun. Now, there are limits. If it’s a money fight but it’s not fun, I’m not into it. I wasn’t into CM Punk getting two chances in the Octagon, but I was into Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 1 and 2, Daniel Cormier fighting Stipe Miocic, GSP fighting Michael Bisping, even the proposed Amanda Nunes fight with Cris Cyborg. The carnival boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather was somewhere in the middle; I hated covering it but the actual fight turned out okay, all things considered. I’ll admit many of those choices don’t make a whole lot of divisional sense in terms of rankings, but many of them were and remain incredibly fun fights I ended up enjoying. I see the very valid objections to Brock Lesnar getting a UFC title shot coming off a drug suspension, but it will also likely be great fun for as long as it lasts, so I’ll accept it and make the choice to enjoy it.

Yoel Romero vs. Daniel Cormier falls into this category of extremely fun fight that I don’t feel the need to justify in my head to watch. I’ll watch those two fight on pretty much any excuse. However, Daniel Cormier does not have my resignation to the funhouse version of the UFC we are currently getting. He isn’t about to take a light heavyweight title defense against Yoel Romero for no reason- even if Yoel is one of the only fighters who would have washed him in straight wrestling. He said so on UFC Tonight (transcript via MMAJunkie.com)

“Here’s the deal: I never wrestled Yoel Romero, but in wrestling he probably would have served me up,” Cormier said. “He’s one of the great wrestlers of all-time. But, you don’t fail a class and then get moved up a grade to the next one.”

Of course, Chael Sonnen did exactly that, fighting Jon Jones after a season of TUF (he would have beaten him too, if it wasn’t for that meddling TKO). When reminded of this, DC dismissed it as a Sonnen-esque exception.

“Chael Sonnen did that one time, but I don’t know what was going on,” Cormier said. “Chael has a way of doing that. Let’s just say that.”

He did also say, however, he does want to make a title defense so he doesn’t get stripped the way McGregor did.

“I don’t want them to take one of these belts,” Cormier said. “So I will defend it. I will defend the light heavyweight title if the right fight presents itself.”

I’m not sure if handpicking Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua counts as ‘the right fight’ presenting itself, DC. Might as well wait for the Lesnar fight if that’s your idea of defending the title.


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The cast for the next TUF season has been revealed

These workouts are always as enjoyable to watch as they are unattainable.

#workout #level

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In case you thought Conor McGregor WASN’T enjoying his year away from fighting

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Beware, Notorious one

He listened and is back in training. Either that, or he is still wet from his jetski run.

Sage Northcutt’s brand of trash talk is inimitable.

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This man is a treasure

Cub Swanson is going to be featured on a local mural with his sparring partner, former boxing champion Tim Bradley Jr.

Mike Perry asking Joe Rogan about the intersection of free speech and violence is peak MMA Online

At least Perry has a sense of humor

@platinummikeperry making pool side deals

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Here’s Instagram’s translation of the following caption from Paulo Costa:

I’m sure of my ability. I stepped into this octagon today to give a show, and that’s what I did. Thank God in the first place and to every person who cared for me, thank you every message and support! Thanks also to my family, my masters and teammates, my sponsors and supporters and each one of you!

Today more than ever, We Are All condoms!

Maybe this is why Costa uses ‘The Eraser’ (the correct translation of his nickname ‘Borrachinha’) in his official Octagon introductions now.

This was very cool of Junior Dos Santos, who is fighting this weekend.

I turned on the cold water at the end of my shower today so I know exactly how this feels

No better way to free(ze) the spirit!

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Check out this old West style promo from LFA fighting.

Brendan Schaub and Dana White got into it on Israel Adesanya’s page and Brendan is getting serious.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This back kick worked because heavyweight is so weird

Тот самый Шустряк @ufcboom

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Beautiful throw

This old Zabit Magomedsharipov fight features what seems to be a delayed reaction bodyshot

Israel Adesanya in action


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I need to visit Barcelona someday because I don’t believe for one second this is real.

Take em to church

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Maybe I just need a vacation because this looks incredibly fun

What is life… #slamthemultitudes #stackingbodies #littlecrowded

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Fennec foxes are very cute

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Dana White shoots down Luke Rockhold’s ‘ridiculous’ request for interim UFC middleweight title

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, has not competed since defending his 185-pound strap against longtime nemesis Dan Henderson at UFC 204 back in October.

And he’s likely not going to fight again until this summer.

That extended layoff, at least according to comments made by Luke Rockhold — who coughed up his crown to Bisping at UFC 194 — is enough to warrant an interim strap for those folks ready, willing, and able to fight.

Promotion president Dana White, however, disagrees.

“Luke should really wait for his next shot at something, next fight or something, because that’s kind of a ridiculous statement,” White told TSN.ca after UFC 210 on Saturday night (via Bloody Elbow). “Not only is Bisping ready and willing to defend the title, he’s waiting on GSP right now. And he also said, ‘As soon as this GSP fight is over, if I win the title again, I will defend against Romero immediately.’ So no.”

Assuming Romero isn’t busy doing this.

Bisping is expected to welcome the returning Georges St-Pierre back to the Octagon later this year, a fight that needed time to come to fruition after “The Count” opted for knee surgery while “GSP” got his drug-testing ducks in a row.

Sure, substitute straps have been made for much less, but that’s none of my business.

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Fabricio Werdum shoots down Luke Rockhold callout: ‘Why would I fight a chicken?’

Heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum has responded to middleweight Luke Rockhold’s callout with some less than kind words.

Luke Rockhold has been largely absent from the UFC news grind for months now as he slowly recovers from knee surgery. But he sure made some headlines yesterday, eschewing more conventional middleweight targets to call out heavyweight Fabricio Werdum instead.

“I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce,” he said on UFC Tonight. “He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup. Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

Fabricio was all set to face Ben Rothwell on the UFC 211 card in Dallas, Texas … until Rothwell failed a drug test and got provisionally suspended by USADA. That leaves him without a dance partner for the May 13th card. So what does he say about a possible Rockhold fight?

“I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMAFighting.com. “He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?”

You’d think Werdum would jump on the chance to fight a much smaller opponent, especially one associated with a camp that he doesn’t get along with at all. But it seems like Werdum doesn’t like much of anything being offered to him these days, a Luke Rockhold fight included.

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Dana White Shoots Down Rumors of Anderson Silva-Georges St. Pierre Bout at UFC 206

Recently, rumors began to circulate that a long-awaited super fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre would become a reality at UFC 206.
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Morning Report: Dana White shoots down rumors of Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre at UFC 206

UFC President Dana White put to bed rumors of a potential superfight between the two all-time greats.

This past weekend, Michael Bisping successfully defended his UFC middleweight title but it was another rumored middleweight fight that stirred up a lot of interest online: a superfight between two all-time greats, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre.

St-Pierre vs. Silva was a fight discussed many times before when both men were the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the sport but never came to fruition. After St-Pierre retired it seemed a Silva fight would just be another one of the many superfights that never came to pass. Then when St-Pierre announced his intention to return to MMA, hope sprang anew. St-Pierre entered into the USADA testing pool and declared a desire to fight at UFC 206 on December 10th in Toronto, Canada. He was initially tied to a welterweight title fight against current champion Tyron Woodley, but Woodley has since been booked against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205.

Then on Friday, UFC welterweight and Canadian Patrick Cote Tweeted a rumor that St-Pierre was set to fight Silva on the Toronto card.

Adding fuel to the fire, Silva’s son Kalyl posted a photo to his Instagram which also suggested the superfight was booked. While the initial photo was taken down, he replaced it with another one with the same message: “Christmas month should be exciting.”

• Christmas month should be exciting •

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With the internet freshly buzzing about the long awaited superfight potentially being booked, UFC President Dana White was asked about the rumor after UFC 204. Speaking with Dan Hardy for BT Sport after UFC 204, White summarily dismissed it as untrue, and reaffirmed his belief that St-Pierre has no intention of returning to MMA.

“That’s not true. So not true. I know everybody keeps talking about — GSP isn’t even close. I’m telling you again, I don’t think GSP wants to fight. I keep saying this. You guys know fighters as much as I know fighters, do you think GSP wants to fight? GSP wasn’t crazy about fighting when he was fighting! Now three years later he’s just dying to fight? He’s not. I don’t think he is.

“That fight is definitely not gonna happen. I don’t think GSP ever returns. And in some cases, that’s not a bad thing. The guy retired, he went out on top, he’s looked at as one of the greatest to ever do it and I just think he lost that fire a long time ago. For some reason – he’s got his own person reasons – he likes to keep his name out there like he might be coming back and everybody is anticipating his return, but at the end of the day I don’t think he wants it.”

Of course, White has said things that later turn out not to be true on many occasions before, some of them quite recently. It could be a negotiating tactic or an attempt to conceal the fight for a big reveal later on. Or it could just be true. There have been reports that White and St-Pierre have been unable to come to terms over issues of money and that Anderson Silva has expressed his own “disappointment” about the treatment he’s received from the UFC and it’s possible these issues are impeding the booking of the superfight.

For now, everything is speculation and St-Pierre isn’t an active member of the UFC roster. Silva still is though and after his second round stoppage of Vitor Belfort on Saturday, ninth ranked middleweight Gegard Mousasi called out Silva in hopes of working his way towards a title shot. And while White didn’t out and out dismiss the idea, he didn’t make it seem likely to happen.

“If Gegard Mousasi is looking for a title shot, Anderson’s probably not the way to go. He’s gonna have to fight one of these murderers like Chris Weidman or Jacare or Rockhold or Romero. One of these guys in the top five.”

Unfortunately for Mousasi all of those fighters are taken. Weidman and Romero are currently booked to face each other that UFC 205 and Rockhold and Jacare at set for a rematch at UFC Fight Night 101. Silva is currently the sixth ranked middleweight in the UFC but he is 0 – 4 with one No Contest in his last five bouts. So assuming Mousasi doesn’t fight Silva, that still leaves both Silva and St-Pierre’s dance cards noticeably empty.

But the UFC better act fast, UFC 206 is only nine weeks away.

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MUST-READ STORIES

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UFC 204. The results from UFC 204 are right here.

WSOF 33. And WSOF 33 results are right here.

Stupidity. Gegard Mousasi says “people are stupid” for buying into the hype around fighters like Conor McGregor.

And new. Dan Henderson believes he should have won the decision against Michael Bisping.

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EXTRA CREDIT

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Child fighting. Karim Zidan wrote about Chechen politician Ramzan Kadyrov putting on child fights in Russia and how Fedor Emelanenko got dragged into it recently.

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MEDIA STEW

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Best promo they’ve ever done. I cannot wait.

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Fan react vid.

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Dom cutting a promo on Conor.

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Cruz countering Cerrone’s comments about McGregor.

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LISTEN UP

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BATB

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Bushido

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6th Round

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TWEETS

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Wonderful thing the UFC did for Josh Samman on Saturday.

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Damn Bisping may have struggled with Hendo but he iced Tony Ferg with the quickness.

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Joe Silva did not agree.

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Coker laying the groundwork immediately.

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Lotta sharks looking to get at Bisping.

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Gotta think Doane gets one more shot in the UFC.

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Sounds about right.

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Great promo.

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Poor OSP is going to get a lot of stuff out of that KO.

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Damn. Hendo still got that power.

Me and my bro!!!! Jokes on you haters!

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Rafael Carvalho (13-1-0) vs. Melvin Manhoef (30-13-1, 2 NC); Bellator 168, Deccember 10.

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2006: Tito Ortiz murdered Ken Shamrock for a third and completely unnecessary time at UFC Fight Night 6.5. It was the last UFC appearance of the Hall of Famer.

2009: Benson Henderson defeated Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision to win the interim WEC lightweight championship at WEC 43.

2014: Joe Warren defeated Eduardo Dantas to become the Bellator bantamweight championship at Bellator 128. In the co-main event, Michael Page won the only decision of his career taking all three rounds from Nah-Shon Burrell.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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On Saturday I scored the fight for Hendo. Upon rewatching it I’m now confidently going to say say it was a draw. Second round to Hendo, first round to Hendo as a 10-8. Bisping sweeps the last 3.

Back for another week. Take it easy and see you kids tomorrow.

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UFC for sale? Dana White responds, shoots down ESPN report as ‘overblown’ and fact-free

Never one to tow the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) public relations line, company president Dana White tonight refuted a potentially mixed martial arts (MMA)-changing report that his franchise was up for sale for as much as $ 4 billion. While a spokesperson initially parroted the standard “we’re a private company and don’t comment on business-related speculation” line, White was a little more forthcoming with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

His statement:

“The UFC is not for sale. The ESPN story is overblown. Darren Rovell is not a fan of facts. His facts could not be further off.”

Rovell did not reveal his sources in the original story for ESPN.com, but that isn’t necessarily uncommon with such big scoops. He did offer numerous details that would seemingly fall under a non-disclosure agreement, including the four potential buyers: WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group (DWG). The latter, DWG, is apparently the front-runner thanks to a chairman — the richest man in China — worth $ 34 billion. In fact, it appears he’s been spending a lot of money to get into the sports business in a major way.

From ESPN.com:

“The company has slowly been getting into sports. Last year, Wanda bought a 20 percent stake in soccer superpower Atletico Madrid for a reported $ 48 million. In March, amid the FIFA scandal, the company agreed to sign on as a FIFA partner, the highest level of sponsorship, through 2030. In January, [DWG] became the first Chinese company to become owners of a major Hollywood film studio when it agreed to buy Legendary Entertainment from Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner Thomas Tull for about $ 3.5 billion.”

The truth here, clearly, lies somewhere between fact and fiction. But, where there is smoke, there is typically fire. Whether or not it’s a $ 4 billion fire or just an exploratory valuation exercise, remains to be seen.

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UFC for sale? Dana White responds, shoots down ESPN report as ‘overblown’ and fact-free

Never one to tow the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) public relations line, company president Dana White tonight refuted a potentially mixed martial arts (MMA)-changing report that his franchise was up for sale for as much as $ 4 billion. While a spokesperson initially parroted the standard “we’re a private company and don’t comment on business-related speculation” line, White was a little more forthcoming with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

His statement:

“The UFC is not for sale. The ESPN story is overblown. Darren Rovell is not a fan of facts. His facts could not be further off.”

Rovell did not reveal his sources in the original story for ESPN.com, but that isn’t necessarily uncommon with such big scoops. He did offer numerous details that would seemingly full under a non-disclosure agreement, including the four potential buyers: WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group (DWG). The latter, DWG, is apparently the front-runner thanks to a chairman — the richest man in China — worth $ 34 billion. In fact, it appears he’s been spending a lot of money to get into the sports business in a major way.

From ESPN.com:

“The company has slowly been getting into sports. Last year, Wanda bought a 20 percent stake in soccer superpower Atletico Madrid for a reported $ 48 million. In March, amid the FIFA scandal, the company agreed to sign on as a FIFA partner, the highest level of sponsorship, through 2030. In January, [DWG] became the first Chinese company to become owners of a major Hollywood film studio when it agreed to buy Legendary Entertainment from Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner Thomas Tull for about $ 3.5 billion.”

The truth here, clearly, lies somewhere between fact and fiction. But, where there is smoke, there is typically fire. Whether or not it’s a $ 4 billion fire or just an exploratory valuation exercise, remains to be seen.

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