HDNet to Debut New MMA Series “Fighting Words With Mike Straka”

Straka’s first guest UFC president Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

DALLAS—HDNet announced today that it will add the new, original series “Fighting Words with Mike Straka,” to its Friday night lineup. The 30-minute one-on-one weekly interview program will feature revealing conversations with the top stars in mixed martial arts.  “Fighting Words with Mike Straka” is scheduled to debut on Friday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET.  The premiere episode will feature a rare, 30-minute interview with one of the most influential people in Mixed Martial Arts - UFC President Dana White.

In the following weeks, host Mike Straka will present unique insights into the sport’s most interesting personalities including King Mo, Gegard Mousasi, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Matt Hughes, Frank Shamrock and Bobby Lashley.

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The Battle for MMA in Ontario Wages On

Sportsnet’s “Showdown” Joe Ferraro sits down with Noble Chummar, UFC’s legal counsel in Ontario, to look at the political fight taking place to bring mixed martial arts to Ontario.

Chummar belongs to a committee that is currently working to get the sport regulated in Ontario. According to Chummar, “The name of the game is patience. We can’t rush this because it’s too big and UFC completely supports the slow learning process, the slow education process of bringing people on side and we’re working at that pace to make it happen.”

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Quote of the Day: Jens Pulver: “They’re all gone”

Jens Pulver. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

“How could I have a falling out?  Fallen out with who?  There is nobody.  They’re all gone.  There was Pat, but Pat is too busy trying to make cash, making a living.  He ain’t coaching people.  Everyone always thought Pat had a magical touch and was teaching us all these magical things.  No he wasn’t.  No. Never.  Never ever.  It was a great combination of things that left.  Jeremy left, Matt left, Robbie left.  Matt Pena left.  Everybody grew up more or less.  We weren’t there anymore.  And that’s why the great experiment is over.”

—Former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver tells that there was no falling out with Team Miletich but that everyone moved on and the experiment is over.

Parisyan Withdraws From UFC 106

Karo Parisyan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has pulled out of his UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement via Twitter, “Karo Parisyan has fucked over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!”

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Brock Lesnar Suffering From Intestinal Infection

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UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was hospitalized earlier this week after it was discovered that he was suffering from a bacterial infection in his intestinal tract.

According to the Associated Press, UFC president Dana White said, “He’s in stable condition and should be released soon.” White was encouraging Lesnar to check into the May Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for further evaluation and treatment.

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Dana White’s UFC 105 Video Blog Part II

Dana White’s UFC 105 Video Blog

Dana White’s UFC 104 Video Blog (Part II)

Here is the second instalment of UFC president Dana White’s UFC 104 video blog. In the following episode, White continues with the Twitter craze, giving away tickets to fans for UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun.

Dana White’s UFC 104 Video Blog (Part 1)

UFC president Dana White is back with his infamous YouTube video blogs. The following video documents White as he watches his cousin fight at a Tuff-N-Uff event followed by White heading to Los Angeles to promote UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun.

Quote of the Day: Zuffa Willing to Sell Stake?

Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“It’s a possibility. For what we value this thing at, you would have to find somebody right now with a lot of cash laying around, who wants to get in this business, get a piece of it and kind of just sit over there and not tell us what to do.”

—UFC president Dana White tells Bloomberg that Zuffa officials may be willing to sell a 10-15% stake to a private investor.

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