UFC president Dana White, UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar took part in a kickoff press conference for August’s UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II event. The card takes place August 11 from Denver, Colorado’s Pepsi Center.
Henderson will be trying to defend the title he took from Edgar earlier this year via decision. Due to the close nature of the fight, an immediate rematch was ordered.
Below are some of the more newsworthy items from the press conference:
– On the altitude-issues for the fighters: “As a professional fighter, you know coming here you need to prepare for this altitude,” White said. “I am sure these guys are gonna prepare. They are two athletes that never stop, very aggressive and always are in great shape.”
– White says if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson didn’t turn down fighting in Denver because of the issues, no fighter will.
– On the issues from the recent boxing decision in Nevada White said, “All other sports, everyone has used technology to make the sport better except for combat sports. Let’s get some instant replay; it needs to be done, but they don’t listen to me.”
– White added that bad decisions happen every week in the UFC.
– Edgar said he is not thinking about moving to 145 pounds, adding, “all I’m thinking about is Ben and August 11 right now.”
– Henderson said “just have to win next fight. Just win your next fight, (that’s) the answer to everything as far as MMA goes; just win your next fight, period.”
– Edgar was asked about trying to win back the title instead of dropping to 145 pounds, saying it gives him more drive. White added “and he wants to shut me up,” which Edgar responded, “For sure.”
– Henderson hopes to feed off the fuel of the fans being back home, saying “I’m excited. I know I will feed off you guys.”
– White said the UFC is done buying companies, focusing on building the roster through The Ultimate Fighter.
– When asked about pairing TUF countries against one another, White said that is on the horizon, saying, “That’s my long-term goal.” White said he wants to start the shows at the same time and have the winners face off against each other, creating a World Cup and one winner.