Dana White recently sat down with ESPN The Magazine, to discuss a variety of topics. White touched on possible upcoming match-ups including; Hughes vs. Serra, BJ Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre and Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva. White also discussed Urijah Faber, Randy Couture and alluded to a huge announcement that he’s planning to make sometime next week. Below are some interesting excerpts from the article:
White On Hughes vs. Serra:
DW: Those two want to fight. Serra told me before the GSP fight that he wants Hughes next. There’s nothing like two fighters at their levels when they want to fight just because they don’t like each other. That’s never not fun. I think we’ll make that fight for the fall.
White On BJ Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre:
BJ has become one of the most well-rounded, most amazing fighters I’ve ever met. He used to be just a jiu-jitsu guy. Now his wrestling is second-to-none. His standup is (freaking) amazing. Even boxing guys say they like his hands. The kid is unbelievable. The only thing he lacked was so he was so (freaking) good, so talented, that he always came up with these crazy schemes to move up to heavyweight and do all this crazy stuff. It took years to reel him in and convince him to focus on being a 155-pounder. This kid is so focused and fired up right now. It’s going to be fun to see what he does. Penn against GSP is a huge fight. I think that fight needs to happen.
White On Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre:
Don’t hold your breath on that one.
White On Chuck Liddell’s Next Fight And A Big Upcoming Announcement:
The fight is going to be in Atlanta, Georgia—that’s something we haven’t said publicly yet. There’s something no one else has heard. You have no idea some of the stuff that we have planned. I’m going to make an announcement next week that is going to blow people’s minds. That deal is done, but my employees don’t even know yet. I’m renting out a place next Thursday and I’m going to tell them. Then we’ll make the announcement later that day. It’s an indicator of where this business is going over the next five years. I gotta tell you, I was very, very disappointed in ESPN this past weekend. A 15-minute feature on SportsCenter about Kimbo Slice? That is embarrassing. It’s so bad I can’t even tell you. Then that show goes off. That guy he fought is a joke, and he went three rounds with Kimbo in a fight that shouldn’t have been stopped. When the major media outlets would rather follow freak shows instead of real athletes, it’s embarrassing. It just makes my life and job a whole lot harder. It’s already been exposed. But getting that kind of coverage on ESPN, and BJ Penn doesn’t? Everybody is so obsessed over who’s going to take a chunk out of the UFC that those guys will get this kind of press coverage for no reason whatsoever. I think the show that happened on CBS the other day was a complete embarrassment for CBS and for the sport of mixed-martial arts. Urijah Faber is 145 pounds. He’ll beat Kimbo Slice. Kimbo Slice sucks. He’s terrible. If I had a heavyweight The Ultimate Fighter show, I don’t think he’d win the show. And he’s headlining a show on CBS?
White On Faber Moving Up To 155 And Coming To The UFC:
I don’t know if I want to see that. He’s so small. I don’t know how he’d do at 155. He’s so talented at that weight, and he doesn’t even have to cut to make it. That fight lived up to the hype. The place was legitimately sold out, with the best fighters in the world. He should stay at 145 and become a superstar.
White On The UFC Roster Trim:
Right now, we’re at about 180 fighters. Before, we had 250. I like that number, 180. As long as we have enough fighters and fight cards to keep everybody fighting three times a year, that’s where I want our roster to be.
White On Randy Couture:
I talked to him at the last PPV, when he cornered Wanderlei Silva. I said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ And he was very cool. I like Randy. He had the problem with me. I hate Tito Ortiz, but I don’t hate Randy.
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