The fifth part of Dana White’s video blog for UFC 90 is above. Behind the scenes video of yesterday’s weigh-ins, Dana signing autographs for fans, a meeting with all of the fighters on the card, and a conversation with Rachelle Leah are all featured among other things.
The fourth part of Dana White’s video blog for UFC 90 is above. The video includes parts of yesterday’s pre-fight press conference, an interview with Yahoo! Sports and ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield, and Dana getting grilled by reporters, including Kevin Iole, who gets a pretty nasty dirty look from the Baldfather.
On a UFC-related note, after the jump is current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre doing an interview with FOX News’ Fight Game regarding his upcoming fight against B.J. Penn in January.
Vadim Finkelstein. From s00nertp on Flickr.
Vadim Finkelstein, the current president of M-1 Global and longtime manager of Fedor Emelianenko has released an official statement to the media regarding UFC President Dana White’s recent comments stating that “the gates are open for Emelianenko to come to the UFC”:
M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein comments another attack of UFC’s Dana White on Fedor Emelianenko.
Dana says UFC’s doors are wide open. Maybe they are. But these doors also shut tightly once the fighter signs with the organization. Randy Couture came back to the UFC and what now? Instead of fighting the best in the promotion he has to fight a young upstart with 2-1 prorecord. Couture might not survive all the three contractual fights. I’m afraid that’s being made in order to finish the star which is Randy and not let him fight Fedor.
I said it many times – we are ready to make this clash happen in any shape of joint event. This bout is the most anticipated event in the world of MMA. But Fedor will not sign to the enslaving terms of the UFC contract while UFC won’t agree to make compromise.
Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When it comes to other organizations and companies, the Zuffa way of doing business is quite simple: if you’re not with them, you’re against them.
Who can blame them really? After bringing the UFC back from near extinction and originally intending to work together with anyone and everyone to better the sport of mixed martial arts, Dana White and the Brothers Fertitta have seen their investment explode into its own monster. The UFC has become so popular, that to the casual fan, the organization is bigger and more well-known than the actual sport itself.
One-time working partnerships with Japan’s now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships and Fighting and Entertainment Group are now things of the past. Instead, the UFC is claiming victory over their rivals left and right, with both the International Fight League and ProElite folding this year alone. Slowly but surely, the UFC is becoming the only show in town, and with that power comes the ability to control almost everything, and sadly, even fighter sponsorships fall under this category.
Here’s the third part of Dana White’s video blog for UFC 90. In the video, Dana looks over the seating plan for the Allstate Arena on Saturday night, watches Anderson Silva, Patrick Cote, and Junior Dos Santos work out, and does a PSA for December 10’s “Fight for the Troops” among other things.
Not much of a very exciting entry but it delivers nonetheless. Sitting in his hotel room after a day-long flight to Chicago from London, Dana White discusses this weekend’s upcoming event, the demise of ProElite and how the fact they are gone is good for the sport, and blasts radio host Scott Ferrall for his negative comments about the UFC during a recent interview with Affliction co-founder Todd Beard.
It’s interesting to note that White admits that the UFC once paid Ferrall to come to their shows and cover their events for his show. Zach Arnold thinks that this admission is bigger than some might think. However Bloody Elbow has found the audio and Ferrall’s bad-mouthing of the UFC is actually almost non-existent. So what gives?
After taking a break for UFC 89, Dana White is back for with his video blog for UFC 90. This edition chronicles yesterday’s tryouts for “The Ultimate Fighter 9”, which were held in London, England.
It’s key to note that notable UK veterans Jim Wallhead, Abdul Mohamed, and Andre Winner were all selected to advance to the next round of casting and that the upcoming season will now feature fighters at 170 lbs and 155 lbs, which has replaced the previous announced division of 185 lbs for the show.
Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Brandon Vera, it’s like he lost something,” White commented. “That year off, I don’t know what it was. He doesn’t have that killer instinct, he doesn’t go after it. This kid used to be so cocky, and you know he wanted to fight everybody. He was good, he was walking through heavyweights. Took that year off, all the contract stuff, hasn’t been the same guy since. I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”
- UFC President Dana White comments on Brandon Vera following his third defeat in his last four fights, a lackluster decision loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 89 this past weekend, at the event’s post-fight press conference.
It was pretty obvious that UFC President Dana White was already irked about the situation involving EliteXC and the allegations that they are essentially attempting to fix fights. The above video shows you just how pissed he really is.
Gary Shaw. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.
If anything could make EliteXC’s situation even worse right now, it would be a current or former employee involved in the matchmaking of the fights they put on to come out and basically admit that, yeah, the organization does tell fighters to keep their bouts standing “for the fans.”
Enter Gary Shaw. The former face of the promotion has told the Los Angeles Times that he hasn’t hesitated in the past to tell fighters that the company was looking to put on a certain kind of fight. And his comments couldn’t come at a worse time:
But Elite XC consultant Gary Shaw said he wouldn’t hesitate to “go to a fighter and say, ‘We’re looking for a stand-up fight.’ You’re not asking him to throw a fight. You’re talking about a fan-friendly fight, not about protecting Kimbo.”
Shaw said he has urged MMA fighters in the past to maximize the action, to avoid an abundance of yawn-inspiring wrestling.
“Do I think that’s unethical? No,” Shaw said. “Because in MMA, you get bonus money for a knockout. I don’t see it as unethical . . . asking him to be TV and fan friendly.