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Dana White talks about Rousimar Palhares being cut from the UFC

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Randy Couture say’s Dana White crossed the line with son Ryan Couture

 (UFC) Ultimate Fighting Championships President Dana White truly has a way with words, especially when his bitter rivals are the topics of conversation. Randy Couture, former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight champion and member of the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion’s Hall of Fame, recently got on White’s bad side after “The Natural” left  ZUFFA and FOX and joined up with Spike TV and Bellator. Soon thereafter, the Las Vegas fight boss verbally assaulted  Couture, calling him a liar and saying he “stop being a man when his big toes step out of the cage” If that wasn’t enough, he banned him from cornering his son, Ryan Couture, at UFC events. In fact, “The Natural” can not even buy a ticket to get into his show.

Couture, however, decided to take the high road and not fight fire with fire, staying calm and keeping his words and feelings about his former boss to himself. But, if White decides to talk smack about Couture’s family and mess with his son’s livelihood, then it becomes personal.

“The Natural” explained on a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA hour”

“I don’t take any of that personal. I don’t really tune into the underground and all that other stuff. People come to me and they say, ‘Oh, he said this and he said that.’ I don’t care; I know what the truth is. I know how I have treated people, how I tried to treat them. And yeah, fighting with them to get a fair shake and be told the truth and, it’s been a struggle all along, from ancillary rights down the line. I don’t take any of that personal. I don’t really tune into it. In the day-to-day running of my life, it’s a small thing. But, when you start talking about somebody’s kids and their family, yeah, you’re crossing the line. I don’t think he would like it if I did those sorts of things to him. I know his wife, I know his kids. He’s got my sons fate in his hands in some way here. With Ryan competing and not allowing me to continue to progress and work with my son in his fight career is ridiculous and that bothers me. It bothers me that he could affect my son’s livelihood. My son has earned his spot. Ryan has done the work, he has the passion for the sport and he’s doing all of the right things. So for him to be hindered and hampered by Dana and Dana’s feelings towards me, it isn’t fair and that bothers me.”

While White has yet to say anything derogatory about Couture’s family — at least not in public — Couture feels preventing him from cornering Ryan like he did two months ago at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in his bout against Ross Pearson is Crossing the line!

Because while he hasn’t bashed junior verbally, White is impeding his progress as an MMA fighter because of the fact that he doesn’t have his father — and mentor — in his ear between rounds giving him tips and instructions.

Something he’s been used to having all of his combat career.

The younger Couture went on to lose his UFC Debut to Ross Pearson via second round technical knockout, a result that may or may not have been prevented had he had his dad in his corner.


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Dana White UFC 155 Vlog day 2

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UFC 151 Canceled after Dan Henderson suffers injury


UFC president Dana White announced on Thursday that because Henderson, who was set to challenge Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 151 on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas, suffered a partially torn MCL, the event would be canceled.

Jones will instead fight former champion Lyoto Machida on Sept. 22 in Toronto.

“This is one of my all-time lows as a president,” said White. “For the first time, in 11 years we’re gonna cancel an event.”

During the teleconference, White said that when he found out about Henderson’s injury, former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen was offered the bout with Jones and accepted, but Jones refused to accept the fight. White also said that Machida was offered to take the spot on Sept. 1, but was in flight to Brazil and the couldn’t make the circumstances work. “I can accept why Machida didn’t take the fight,” White said.

With a weak undercard and no other viable main-event alternatives worth asking customers to spend $50 on, White pulled the plug on the event.

The UFC president clearly placed the blame for the fight cancellation on the champion.

“Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones last night,” White said. “At 8 or 9 last night the one thing I never thought would happen in a million years happen. Jon Jones said, I won’t fight Chael Sonnen on eight days notice. That has never happened either.”

White said that the company has not yet figured out what will happen to the remainder of the fights scheduled for the card. Fans who purchased tickets for the event will be able to get refunds at the point of purchase.

While a planned March event in Montreal was canceled, this marks the first time a UFC event will be canceled with a full card announced. White acknowledged the company doesn’t know how much of a hit it will take for the cancellation.

“It’s major, major deal,” said White. “We lose [expletive] of money, money that’s already been spent. We’re eight days out. We’ve spent [expletive] of money on this fight. How long, how far it goes and how bad it hurts. I don’t know because it’s the first time we’ve done it.”

White held steadfast in his belief that the UFC is not running too many events, despite a summer filled with fights canceled due to injuries and now a major event cancelation.

“We’ve built this industry, we know what we’re doing,” he said. “There are going to be things coming up, like injuries, and guys who don’t want to fight anybody. It has nothing to do with business. .. nothing to do with too many cards and cards stretched too thin.”

White’s anger level didn’t subside as the teleconference went on, if anything, he got angrier. The majority of his wrath was vented at Jones’ coach, Greg Jackson, whom White said counseled Jones not to take the bout.

“The guys a [expletive] sport killer,” said White. Later, he added. “Greg Jackson should never be interviewed by anyone again, except a psychiatrist.”

Moments after the press conference ended, reaction started pouring in from around the MMA world. Henderson posted the following statement to his Facebook page:

“Sadly and unfortunately, I partially tore a ligament in my knee in training,” the post read. “As a result I’ve had to make one of the toughest decisions that I have ever had to make…for the first time in my career I am forced to pull out of a fight, my fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151. Luckily, surgery is not needed at this time and I will be completely devoted to rehabbing my knee as quickly as possible. I feel that I owe it to my fans and all the people supporting me to fight at my full potential in order to give myself a chance to win the UFC title. I appreciate the loyal support that I have felt from my fans. I want to thank all of my coaches and team of guys for the great support with my training camp. Most importantly, I appreciate their honesty when I needed them the most to make this very difficult decision. I also want to thank Dana and Lorenzo for being so understanding and supportive. I will continue to pursue the UFC belt with all of my heart!”


Jackson told Mauro Ranallo on The MMA Show, “I was asked if it was smart to take a fight on three days notice and I don’t think it’s smart to do that. Three days to fight a guy that caliber is not a smart thing to do. I’m not trying to ruin the sport or cancel an event. I don’t know about that stuff, but thought it wasn’t a wise course of action.”

Story courtesy of MMAFighting.com

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Dana White Scrum Video: Frank Mir, BJ Penn, Olympics, and More

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The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani (Mike Tyson,Dana White,Demian Maia, and more)

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Dana White Post UFC 146, talk’s Jon Jones, Recent Illness and more

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Dana White on Alister Overeem’s failed Drug test “How [expletive] stupid do you have to be?

Thirty minutes prior to the Nevada State Athletic Commission alerting the mixed martial arts world that Alistair Overeem had failed his pre-fight drug test, Dana White (Pictured) was notified of the disappointing news. As expected, the UFC president was none too pleased with the results from last week’s pop quiz.

“I am beyond pissed about this,” White said during Wednesday’s previously scheduled conference call with the Canadian media. “I’m so [expletive] mad right now I can’t even begin …

“It’s beyond — what’s the word I’m looking for — it’s beyond belief. It’s beyond comprehension. You’re an absolute moron, a brain-dead absolute [expletive] dummy. It goes beyond a guy have any common sense whatsoever.”

Although Overeem’s physique had become noticeably inflated over the years – which promoted many in the MMA community to wonder if his increased girth was gained naturally, or by the consumption of horse meat as he claimed – the 31-year-old had never failed a drug test until today. When the former Strikeforce champ signed a multi-fight contract to join the UFC in September 2011, “The Demolition Man” promised White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta he was clean and would pass all drug exams that would cross his path.

“The worst part is that he sat in front of us and lied to us,” White stated. “How [expletive] stupid do you have to be? Seriously dumb. Anybody who’s using [performance-enhancing drugs] right now is an absolute [expletive] moron.”

Overeem earned first dibs at heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos’ title after posting a 1stRound TKO victory over Brock Lesnar in his big league debut. While they are set to collide at UFC 146, it’s clear Overeem will have difficulties gaining a fight license from the NSAC given today’s news.

When asked who will now stand opposite dos Santos on May 26th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada, White claimed to be as clueless as someone who would fail a drug screening.

“I don’t have a Plan-B,” White shared.

In regards to Overeem’s future inside the Octagon, White said he’ll wait for more details to emerge from the NSAC and to hear Overeem’s side of the story. However, he’s going to allow Fertitta to chat with Overeem since he’s far too heated at the moment.

“It doesn’t look good, does it?” White asked. “It doesn’t look good.”

Story Courtesy of 5thround.com and Tom Ngo

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It look’s like Diaz Vs Condit 2 Might just happen

Although nothing is set in stone the MMA World is a buzz about the possible rematch between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. After a close fight at UFC 143 that left Diaz criticizing the judges’ decision, and threatening to retire from the sport altogether. Nick’s camp immediately requested a rematch, but Condit’s manager stated that they are not interested in fighting Diaz again and would rather take the fight with St-Pierre, even if it means waiting until late 2012. When President of the UFC Dana White was asked to comment about the Verdict and the possibility of a rematch he went on to say,“I know [St-Pierre] wanted that Diaz fight bad, but it’s not going to be Diaz so he better get angry with Carlos Condit or focus on Carlos Condit or whatever he needs to do. Carlos Condit won this fight. No matter how much Georges and Nick hate each other, Carlos Condit won”
But on Tuesday night Dana White announced on his Twitter page “The rumor is true. Carlos did accept the fight today and Carlos is coming [to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet with me] on Friday not Thursday,” White did not say when the rematch will take place but it will be interesting to see what will happen in there next match and if anyone’s game plan might change because of how disappointed fight fan’s where after there UFC 143 Main Event bout ended. So what do you guy’s think? who’s interested to see Diaz Vs Condit 2???

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