Today UFC President Dana White sat down with the OC Register and provided fans with some excellent insight as to what’s on the horizon for the UFC. Here is some interesting information from the interview.
Dana White confirmed the company has picked up:
- Quinton Jackson
- Rob McCullough
- Heath Herring
- Ivan Salaverry
- Urijah Faber
He also mentioned that they are still sifting through it all but the main score was the acquisition of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. We’ll be hearing more information on who was picked up in the coming days.
When asked if being associated with the IFL would be a problem, White stated “Not at all, I’ll take care of that too.” That means we could see the likes of Matt Lindland and Bas Rutten in the UFC in the near future.
White’s reason for purchasing the WFA was mainly for the contracts and in the process he was able to squash the company.
For the past couple of weeks there have been rumors floating around stating that the UFC had purchased the WEC and today Dana White confirmed them. In the interview White said he did in fact purchase the WEC and he went on to say “We’re going to take that to a whole other level, put it on television and blow it up. Pretty soon the WEC will be number 2.”
“The WEC isn’t going to be looked at as a feeder show or guys who are aspiring to be in the UFC. There is going to be no trading or swapping. It’s going to be UFC versus WEC.”
White continued to assure the reporters that 2007 was going to be huge and we now know that is true. At this point we are still at the tail end of 2006 and White has already gone out and purchased the WEC, bought out the WFA, acquired numerous WFA contracts, and he expects his product to be televised on HBO in the very near future. Also there have been many rumors floating around that heavyweight ace Mirko Cro Cop may be testing his luck in UFC in the very near future. When asked about Cro Cop, White said “I’m looking at a lot of guys right now, I want them all.”
White closed out the interview by saying that the UFC would be coming to Canada in April of 2007 for the Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes rubber match. When talking about the rematch in Canada, an excited White said “How crazy do you that place going to be that night? How do you think it’s going to be for Hughes when he walks in with 16,000 Canadians in there? They’re going to kill him.” On top of that he said the UFC plans on branching out into Mexico and the U.K.
2007 is going to be great!
Highly touted lightweight prospect Urijah Faber has signed a multi-fight deal with The World Fighting Alliance.
“I actually signed with the WFA and will be fighting for them early next year or at the end of this year,” exclaimed Faber. “I just have some fights that I have to get out of the way; I have one that’s scheduled in King of the Cage for October 28th in Reno [Nevada] and one that’s a tentative date down the road.”
Faber also stated that he received offers from plenty of other big shows but the money just wasn’t right.
“I’ve gotten offers from a lot of big shows, but I’m making good money for a lightweight fighter fighting in the shows like I did this weekend,” admitted Urijah. “They offered me really good money compared to what the UFC does. I know it’s really important to get the big exposure but I feel like I’m making a pretty good name for myself. I’m ready to step in there; I just want to be compensated for it.”
Here are the full results from “Malice at the Palace”...
Nick Theotikos def. Josh Hancock - TKO
Marco Falcon def. George Rodriguez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Alaneder Crispim def. Gigo Jara - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Moses Baca def. Dave McMillian - Decision (Split)
Jason Pietz def. Vincent Perez - Submission (Kimura)
Marlon Sims def. Sal Guillena - TKO
Brian Ebersole def. Shannon Ritch - Submission
Jeremiah Metcalf def. Jamie Hants - TKO
Nam Phan def. Aric Nelson - TKO
Urijah Faber def. Enoch Wilson - TKO
Jake Shields def. Steve Berger - TKO
KOTC Bantamweight Champion Urijah Faber will be forced to pull out of this weekend’s KOTC: Rapid Fire PPV event because of an infected tooth that has caused him to develop a fever and other symptoms. There is no scheduled replacement to take on Ryan Diaz, Faber’s opponent, as of right now.