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Dana White Talks Everything From Showtime Beef To B.A. Baracus

Dana White recently sat down with Canada’s MMA Connected to discuss a litany of topics regarding the UFC and MMA as a whole including the organization’s future venues, Penn vs. Sanchez, Fedor vs. Rogers, Lesnar vs. Carwin, John McCarthy, Rampage as B.A. Baracus, and much more.

On the UFC’s plans for future venues:
“We’re going everywhere. We got Vancouver done, and we are coming. When I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. We’re mapping out next year right now. Figuring out the dates, we’re gonna go to a lot of new places. People always talk about how big this thing is. We haven’t even scratched the surface yet.”

On Penn vs. Sanchez:
“The next fight at 155 is Penn vs. Sanchez. There’s not much to say about BJ, he’s one of the greatest of all-time, but Diego is a beast at 155. Diego will set a great pace for this fight, he’s a big 155-pounder.”

Beef with EA Sports:
“They wanted nothing to do with this, they said it wasn’t a sport. Then we do the game with THQ, it takes off, and now they wanna jump on the bandwagon for money! They’re not my kind of people.”

Fedor vs. Rogers:
“No disrespect to Rogers, I give him his props, he just knocked out Arlovski, but he’s not one of the top heavyweights in the world, he’s just not.”

His beef with Strikeforce/Showtime:
“My beef was never with Strikeforce. They’re a small regional show, but these Showtime guys are trying to push it. They’re cocky. They suck in boxing, HBO has been kicking their ass for years. But now they’re MMA geniuses? Now they’re gonna get their ass kicked by me.”

Lesnar vs. Carwin:
“We think it’s a good fight. Lesnar wanted to fight sooner than we thought he would. Carwin’s big, he has knockout power, and he has great wrestling. It’s a great match up.”

Plans for Anderson Silva:
“We have to figure out the whole Anderson Silva puzzle. After that last fight, does anyone not wanna see him stay at 205 and make a run at Machida? It’s not about them being friends and having to fight each other. It’s about determining who the best is. I’m confident I can make that fight happen.”

Plans for GSP:
“I’m hoping that GSP will be healed, trained, and ready to fight in February.”

Big John McCarthy:
“It’s not that I dislike John McCarthy. He made a decision not to referee anymore. If you’re in the referee business for the money, you’re in the wrong business.”

Rampage Jackson/BA Baracus:
“I love the idea of him being BA Baracus, when he’s not fighting! He’d make a great BA Baracus, but I just want him to be Rampage Jackson. He should be focusing on fighting. Fighters have a small window to make money. He’s in a great position right now, people love him, he’s great, and he should take advantage of this time.”