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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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White: UFC Going Public Is A ‘Bad Idea’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, can pretty much do and say what he wants with little repercussion (just ask Loretta Hunt) because the promotion is privately owned and nobody in the front office has to answer to shareholders.

Yet.

But there are reports that have Endeavor LLC, parent company of UFC following 2016’s $ 4 billion sale, is planning to go public by the end of 2019, which means Conor McGregor (and the rest of the world) can finally own a piece of the combat sports pie.

And he won’t even have to fight Mark Wahlberg to get it.

“I’ve never been a fan of the UFC going public,” White told 8 Las Vegas. “Can you picture me running a public company? No, I can’t either. Let’s take some bets on how long I’ll last in a public company. What’s the over-under on that one?”

I would love to see him explain this to shareholders.

White has always been a foul-mouthed fight promoter who doesn’t mind burying his own talent in order to protect the brand. How that attitude changes (or stays the same) with a publicly-traded company remains to be seen.

Suddenly those seven years no longer seem like a lock.

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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

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Covington: White ‘Real Pissed’ About Vegas Run-In

Colby Covington is trying his best to crash UFC 235’s festivities this weekend in Las Vegas and it’s kind of working.

Not only is “Chaos” capturing the attention of Kamaru Usman after heckling him at open workouts with a “Make America Great Again” hat and a megaphone (see it here), but the brash welterweight seems to be getting under the skin of UFC president Dana White after invading the boss’ blackjack time (see it here).

Remember, Covington’s Las Vegas takeover stems directly from him getting snubbed for a UFC welterweight title shot. That opportunity has since gone to Usman, who will face champion Tyron Woodley this weekend at UFC 235.

Such an aggressive Vegas takeover comes with immediate backlash and Covington is quickly finding out that he’s rubbing everyone the wrong way. I guess it’s good news because that’s exactly what the 31-year-old is trying to do.

“He was pissed. He was real pissed,” Covington said of his run-in with White during a recent appearance on The Luke Thomas Show. “But I don’t give a shit. I’m not here to make him happy and I wanted to let him know that this ain’t fair. There’s justice. You robbed me out of a title fight this week. I’m supposed to be fighting for the title. All the fans want to see me fight for the title, they don’t want to see f*cking ‘Snoozeman’. That’s like they’re giving ‘em shit and they’re trying to say, ‘Oh, it’s filet mignon.’

“I’m the filet mignon, I’m the people’s champ, I’m what everybody came to see. So he was pissed, but you know what? I don’t care about his feelings. I don’t care about anybody’s feelings. Him and everybody else, they’re a bunch of snowflakes.”

Covington, who captured the interim welterweight title last June with a beatdown of former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos (later stripped), also discussed what was said during his impromptu conversation with White .

“We talked for like a good five minutes,” Covington said. “I wanted to let him know what’s going on and this isn’t fair and I’m not going to be treated like this. I wanted to let him know that I can find him at any moment. He’s not safe, that’s the whole ‘nerd bash’ movement. No nerd, no virgin is safe. I will find you, I don’t care where you live. I will track you down, I will hunt you down, and I will get an explanation for this. And I can make your life a living hell.

“He just found out. That was just a little glimpse. That wasn’t even me trying last night. That was me easily f*cking finding out where he’s at. Just imagine what it’s gonna be like if he doesn’t give me a title shot after this weekend. I will find him, I will hunt him down and make his life a living hell.”

Really, it’s surprising that the conversation lasted that long. If you remember, Covington absolutely blasted White last month daring him and UFC to release him. It was just another step in Covington’s process to somehow lock down the next welterweight title shot.

White, who rarely takes these things to heart, spoke about his run-in with “Chaos” during UFC 236’s press conference in Las Vegas (replay here).

“Everybody thinks I hate this kid. I don’t hate this kid,” said White. “Even after last night, I don’t hate the kid. Last night wasn’t as bad as it looked on video. It looked like whatever but we were cool and we talked last night and face to face he gets it.

“He knows he didn’t take the fight so he didn’t get the fight.”

For now, Covington will have to wait and see what UFC does following the conclusion of Woodley vs. Usman tomorrow night at UFC 235.

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White: ‘Horrible Stoppage’ Marred UFC Brooklyn Main Event

Was the UFC on ESPN+ 1 main event stopped prematurely?

That depends on who you ask. Not surprisingly, UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, is furious that referee Kevin MacDonald intervened just 32 seconds into his flyweight title fight against Henry Cejudo last Sat. night (Jan. 19, 2019) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Cejudo, however, believes it was a “great stoppage.”

“When your body goes limp like that, when you cut weight like that, thinking you’re gonna go out there and just take my belt from me, that’s not the way it works,” Cejudo said after the fight. “So I think it was a great stoppage. This is why MMA is sanctioned now because of refs. If I was to talk to that ref, ‘You’re okay, man. We were both in there. We saw him go limp a few times.’ Watch it again and you’ll see it.”

Watch it again right here and see for yourself.

UFC President, Dana White, is siding with Dillashaw and believes the bantamweight champion was cheated out of his chance to recover and fight back following a quick knockdown that led to a mad scramble for position.

“I thought it was an early stoppage, too,” White said during the post-fight press conference (watch it). “You’ve got two of the best guys in the world, two world champions in a superfight. Let them fight; let them finish. I’m not taking anything away from Cejudo, because the fight went 20 seconds and Cejudo busted him up, but Jesus Christ, let them fight. Horrible stoppage.”

Both Dillashaw and Cejudo are down for a rematch; however, the former wants to come back down to flyweight while the latter wants to bump up to bantamweight, because each combatant wants to become the next “champ-champ.”

For complete UFC Brooklyn results and play-by-play click here.

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