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White Talks UFC 92 Buys, Liddell’s Future, And Hughes/Serra

UFC President Dana White recently opened up to ESPN and dropped a ton of news worthy info. Here are some of the gems:

Dana White Confirms Winner Of Handerson/Franklin To Coach TUF 9:

Yes, that fight will determine the other coach. I’m actually flying out tomorrow (Thursday) to start the taping of the show. For the first two episodes, we’re going to have Bisping and both Henderson and Franklin there. Then we’ll go back to taping the show with the winner of the fight. Definitely [the fight will be at] Bisping’s weight, 185.

White Reveals The UFC 92 PPV Numbers…Sort Of:

The last Lesnar pay-per-view did really well, and then our Dec. 27 show crushed it. I don’t want to get into numbers too much—that’s our policy. But it crushed it. I’ll say this: The Christmas show crushed the Lesnar fight by 150,000-175,000 buys. I was happy. I was f’ing thrilled. We lowballed our preflight estimates on that card and were blown away. I think what happened was two things. One, it was a kick-ass card. Two, I think we were a little off because of the holidays. I guess everybody thought, you’re burnt out by everything, what do you want to do? You want to get back together with your buddies and watch some fights. We were crapping our pants when the calendar came up when we saw the last Saturday of the year fell two days after Christmas. Then the economy went down. We didn’t know exactly what to expect. But we were surprised by how well it did.

Dana White Confirms Next Light Heavyweight Challenger:

I think it’s going to be against Rampage (Jackson).

White Narrows Down List Of Chuck Liddell’s Next Opponent:

We could do Forrest/Chuck. That’s a fight people would want to see. But yeah, Chuck probably needs to win one. Right now, we’re planning on having Chuck fight in April. It’ll be either Shogun Rua, if he wins, or maybe Wanderlei Silva. Wanderlei is still under medical suspension, so we’ll have to see what happens with that.

White’s Rooting For Arlovski In Upcoming Fight Against Fedor Emelianenko:

I’d like to see Andrei win. He’s my guy, so I obviously want to see him beat Fedor. My only beef with Fedor is that he’s not fighting consistently right now, against top competition. I can’t call someone the best in the world unless he’s fighting against the best, and he’s fighting three times a year, minimum. I can’t call somebody like Fedor the best in the world, because he hasn’t been doing that.

White Confirms Serra/Hughes Fight To Occur This Summer:

Yes, it will happen some time this spring or summer. I have no idea how Hughes’ health situation will play out. But if he’s healthy, we’ll have that fight.