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Mayo
2/20/07 5:29:35PM
Did any of you read this article?!
There are a lot of amazing things coming up in the near future.
What are your thoughts?


Dana White was a guest on MMA Weekly radio recently. Here is a breakdown of what Dana had to say:

Says TUF 5 will be the best season yet

Says we might see a Hermes Franca-Sean Sherk fight

Says the UFC has done the Mohegan-Jersey-Vegas circuit and now plans to expand to Ohio, Texas, UK, Canada and Mexico

Says they’re working on getting MMA sanctioned in every state even if they don’t plan on running shows there so that a rinky dink organization doesn’t get some fighter killed

Did not seem overly impressed about doing a show at Madison Square Garden

Feels that same-day weigh-ins will get fighters hurt

Says Brandon Vera has one more fight and is currently negotiating with him - says Vera is insane if he leaves the UFC

Says that if Pride is for sale, he’s interested in buying them - He would try and run it as a separate promotion in Asia

Says he does not ‘get’ the IFL at all - MMA is not a team sport and it never will be

Says Evan Tanner will always be welcome in the UFC

Says he’d love to see Phil Baroni knock Frank Shamrock out and if he did he’d bring Phil back to the UFC in 2 seconds

Says he’d love to see Chuck kick Frank’s head into the ninth row

Says Bonnar and Buentello are welcome back to the UFC

Says he has no problem with Matt Lindland despite Matt ******* him over. He will not rule out a return for Matt to the UFC

Says International talent (like Crocop) was not brought in earlier because it was harder to bring them in to do press in the U.S. now that they plan on going worldwide they will bring in more International talent

Hates fighters who don’t make time for fans

Says Crocop gets winner of Sylvia-Couture in the summer if he gets past Gonzaga

Says Chuck wants to move to heavyweight to fight Crocop

Says Chuck and Rampage get one more fight each before facing each other

Says he was half-asses joking when he had the exchange with Rashad (about Rashad fighting his friend Keith Jardine) - at the end of the day these guys will fight their mother for the right amount of money

Says he has different people running the WEC and that he might have their champs fight UFC champs one day

Says he’s still working on the HBO deal (including who will announce)

Says he’s going to box Tito on April 24th possibly for charity on the Internet

Says the guys getting into MMA promoting now are the guys who ****** up boxing in the first place (obviously referring to Gary Shaw)

Hinted that he feels MMA is at its most enjoyable now and it may get worse once the boxing promoters take over

Says in the immediate future women will not be in the UFC because he feels it is not the right time

fedorwins1
2/20/07 5:34:12PM
Great post man, I hope Chuck does move up to HW to fight CC
Mayo
2/20/07 5:41:37PM

Posted by fedorwins1

Great post man, I hope Chuck does move up to HW to fight CC


Definitely! That would be an amazing fight - second only to a CC/Fedor rematch. Man if Chuck moves up to HW then there's him, CC and Couture in the mix!
Trapt1nw0nder
2/20/07 5:55:23PM
Crocop Liddell would be sick!!!

lol..i hope Baroni K-Frank-TFO..


I REALLY hope Rampage's next opponent is an easy fight for him..i wouldnt want to see him lose and not see the rematch we are waiting for....
SteedTheDeed
2/20/07 5:57:26PM
who will chuck fight if it isnt: jardine, rampage or evans? maybe an early shot for machida??
JoeMimic
2/20/07 6:01:23PM
It could easily be someone in Pride who's contract is coming up. If they were fighting on February's card they'd have plenty of time to get ready to fight Chuck in May.
hathcock32
2/20/07 7:38:55PM
Dana made it sound like someone will come right in and fight chuck which is not a fair deal to the 205 (Evans, Jardine) but he made it sound like some big superstar will come in....only guess...Wanderlei
nate22
2/20/07 8:46:21PM
Dana has it on lockdown. Can't wait to see UFC in five years time.
hippysmacker
2/20/07 8:53:26PM
Let's hope it is Wandy. I think he'll beat Hendo, but I'm really pulling for Hendo now so we can Chuck vs Wandy. I understand why some other UFC guys would be unhappy if an outsider steps right into a title shot , but I think it's fine if it's Wandy. People have been talking about this fight for 5 years. I wanna see it.
JimiMak
2/20/07 9:48:48PM
Saw this article tonight, liked it, have a few points...

Wanna see 'em back at Mohegan (I live close and have never seen it live... the rest aren't so self- serving)

I think same day weigh ins are the only way to have legit weight classes.

Don't want any monopoly in MMA.

Baroni back would be great.

But my BIGGEST POINT is

Does anyone really want to see Chuck go from being one of the biggest LHW's of all time to looking like Alex E.? (Which I think is exactly what would happen) I for one don't. Chuck is where he is for a reason. His dream fights should be Shogun and Wanderlei, not CroCop. Why watch someone move up, just to watch them get destroyed? I think Tim will last longer than Chuck would, just style wise. Hell I think GSP would have about 2/3 better chance of beating Chuck than Chuck of lasting more than a round with CroCop. Just my opinion.
JimiMak
2/20/07 9:53:26PM

Posted by hathcock32

Dana made it sound like someone will come right in and fight chuck which is not a fair deal to the 205 (Evans, Jardine) but he made it sound like some big superstar will come in....only guess...Wanderlei



Where did he say anything about a non established contender (or anyone except another fight before Rampage)? nothing about someone coming right in to fight him. I hope it's Jardine, could also be Evans... I just hope it isn't Machida. That fight deserves hype, no matter what happens.
OB_Juan
2/20/07 9:54:30PM
But you have to admire Chuck's moxy. I respect anybody that only wants to fight the best in order to prove themself.
JimiMak
2/20/07 10:38:42PM
I admire the moxy, don't get me wrong. It's just....... why? I can see why he would want to test himself. I don't want to see it, I don't get why you all would want to see it (except extreme Chuck haters), I don't get why Dana would even talk about it publicly. I don't think it's anywhere near gonna happen, but if it does it'll be a faster HL reel KO than prob'ly any other UFC CroCop fight (IMO) . Style wise they are so opposite in CC's favor. They both have good matchups w/ certain fighters, I just think Chuck's style says fast CC KO to me. But yeah I think it's weird when any fighter doesn't say anyone anwhere anytime. To me when you fight, that's what you do. IDK.
Reignofterror
2/20/07 10:50:10PM

Posted by Mayo

Did any of you read this article?!
There are a lot of amazing things coming up in the near future.
What are your thoughts?




Says he was half-asses joking when he had the exchange with Rashad (about Rashad fighting his friend Keith Jardine) - at the end of the day these guys will fight their mother for the right amount of money




Hahahahaha. Thanks for making my day.
OB_Juan
2/20/07 11:26:32PM

Posted by JimiMak

I admire the moxy, don't get me wrong. It's just....... why? I can see why he would want to test himself. I don't want to see it, I don't get why you all would want to see it (except extreme Chuck haters), I don't get why Dana would even talk about it publicly. I don't think it's anywhere near gonna happen, but if it does it'll be a faster HL reel KO than prob'ly any other UFC CroCop fight (IMO) . Style wise they are so opposite in CC's favor. They both have good matchups w/ certain fighters, I just think Chuck's style says fast CC KO to me. But yeah I think it's weird when any fighter doesn't say anyone anwhere anytime. To me when you fight, that's what you do. IDK.



It sounds like you're more scared for chuck than he is for himself. I don't think it's as bad of a match up as you make it out to be. There will probably be 10 lbs or less weight difference and Chuck is considered by most to be a higher ranked P4P fighter than Mirko.
Mayo
2/21/07 1:21:23PM
If they brought Wanderlei in, it would be after Chuck and Rampage fight or else it defeats the purpose of having Rampage in the UFC right now. They might just have Wanderlei fight the winner (if Pride let's him go).

I am a Chuck lover but every fan has fantasy match-ups and Chuck/CC would be one of them. And think about it... there is potential for Chuck to be the first person to hold simultaneous belts in two different weight classes.

Also... Same day weigh-ins are the only way to go. And the only reason it would be dangerous to do so is for fighters who don't belong in that weight class in the first place. Instead we'll begin to see fighters closer to their own natural weight in each class.

JimiMak
2/21/07 4:58:06PM

Posted by OB_Juan


Posted by JimiMak

I admire the moxy, don't get me wrong. It's just....... why? I can see why he would want to test himself. I don't want to see it, I don't get why you all would want to see it (except extreme Chuck haters), I don't get why Dana would even talk about it publicly. I don't think it's anywhere near gonna happen, but if it does it'll be a faster HL reel KO than prob'ly any other UFC CroCop fight (IMO) . Style wise they are so opposite in CC's favor. They both have good matchups w/ certain fighters, I just think Chuck's style says fast CC KO to me. But yeah I think it's weird when any fighter doesn't say anyone anwhere anytime. To me when you fight, that's what you do. IDK.



It sounds like you're more scared for chuck than he is for himself. I don't think it's as bad of a match up as you make it out to be. There will probably be 10 lbs or less weight difference and Chuck is considered by most to be a higher ranked P4P fighter than Mirko.



I guess maybe it's just me... course, I wouldn't rank Chuck over Mirko P4P either... so, idk. I just think he's way to much of a sit back counter striker, Mirko would run through him like noone he's had a chance to face.... ever. Jackson doesn't even compare, Alistair is no Mirko. I can't think of anyone else Chuck has fought to compare. I don't hate on Chuck and will rarely bet against him, I just think in this fight he would literally have nothing but the proverbial puncher's chance.
BloodandTears
2/21/07 6:10:26PM

Posted by Trapt1nw0nder

Crocop Liddell would be sick!!!

lol..i hope Baroni K-Frank-TFO..


I REALLY hope Rampage's next opponent is an easy fight for him..i wouldnt want to see him lose and not see the rematch we are waiting for....



Aint that the truth.. If Rampage fails to win, He'll be on a LONG road to recovery, and he seems to have a hella good ring entrance. Fun to watch..
modogg
2/22/07 1:16:22PM
I agree that Wandy would have to come after Chuck vs. Rampage because i think there would be more buzz about it and we would have a better idea. Being that Chuck fights in UFC 71 (late May) i don't think Wandy will be able to come in by then, let alone gain the hype that the UFC will want for it.

I would like to see Chuck vs. Cro Cop as well, and i think Chuck would do it because there aren't many challenges left for him. he is getting older, and we all know Dana has been trying to get Wandy to fight him for years. who knows if that will happen at any point, so i think they have to plan for Chuck to face a challenging opponent. Chuck has dominated for some time, and if he dominates Rampage, say in October or whenever they fight, they will have to come up with someone else for him to fight. If Wandy isn't signed by then, i have to think Cro Cop. The TUF guys may be good, but the way Chuck handled Babalu and Tito they can't go against him for sometime.
hippysmacker
2/23/07 12:31:37AM

Posted by modogg

I agree that Wandy would have to come after Chuck vs. Rampage because i think there would be more buzz about it and we would have a better idea. Being that Chuck fights in UFC 71 (late May) i don't think Wandy will be able to come in by then, let alone gain the hype that the UFC will want for it.

I would like to see Chuck vs. Cro Cop as well, and i think Chuck would do it because there aren't many challenges left for him. he is getting older, and we all know Dana has been trying to get Wandy to fight him for years. who knows if that will happen at any point, so i think they have to plan for Chuck to face a challenging opponent. Chuck has dominated for some time, and if he dominates Rampage, say in October or whenever they fight, they will have to come up with someone else for him to fight. If Wandy isn't signed by then, i have to think Cro Cop. The TUF guys may be good, but the way Chuck handled Babalu and Tito they can't go against him for sometime.



I agree . The one problem that could conceivably happen though is Chuck could catch him. If Cro-cops the champ then ,and Chuck decides he's beat everone and retires that's 2 vacant belts. Highly unlikely true, but still possible.
mrsumo
2/23/07 2:00:01AM

Posted by hippysmacker

I agree . The one problem that could conceivably happen though is Chuck could catch him. If Cro-cops the champ then ,and Chuck decides he's beat everone and retires that's 2 vacant belts. Highly unlikely true, but still possible.



If that did happen I don't forsee that being a problem. You would want to avoid the paper champion, but it would be a great excuse for a UFC Grand Prix style tournament.

Chucks been dominating for a long time. It would be good to see him go up a class. It will be his chance to show the world whats what, and he wouldn't have to worry about cutting weight before a bout. That alone could make a difference.
madmarck
2/23/07 8:33:13AM
Whats next for the UFC?
Take over the USA
Take over North America
Rule the UK and Japan
Take Brazil and Russia
Control all MMA fighters in the world
Conrtol all Orgs in the world
Buy the moon and host a UFC event there
Change UFC to UDWF- Ultiamte Dana White Fighting
Dana become HW champ
UDWF becomes watered down and lame like Pro Wrestling
UDWF collaspes under Danas crap
all fighters are forced to become bouncers and thugs
Dana White tries to restore the old UFC in a last dithc effort.
Shamrock vs Ortiz 4 is made as is Sakuraba vs Silva 4
Dana gets some sense and actually gets Fedor to fight Cro Cop and Wand to fight Chuck

World Peace is restored.
nate22
2/23/07 1:36:29PM

Posted by madmarck

Whats next for the UFC?
Take over the USA
Take over North America
Rule the UK and Japan
Take Brazil and Russia
Control all MMA fighters in the world
Conrtol all Orgs in the world
Buy the moon and host a UFC event there
Change UFC to UDWF- Ultiamte Dana White Fighting
Dana become HW champ
UDWF becomes watered down and lame like Pro Wrestling
UDWF collaspes under Danas crap
all fighters are forced to become bouncers and thugs
Dana White tries to restore the old UFC in a last dithc effort.
Shamrock vs Ortiz 4 is made as is Sakuraba vs Silva 4
Dana gets some sense and actually gets Fedor to fight Cro Cop and Wand to fight Chuck

World Peace is restored.



lol great post, the first 7 pretty much sum up UFC's game plan for the future.
madmarck
2/23/07 2:39:28PM

Posted by nate22

lol great post, the first 7 pretty much sum up UFC's game plan for the future.


I do my best. And that is just off the top of my head. I have a crazy imagination. Dont even let me start on Bob Sapp.
hippysmacker
2/23/07 9:50:35PM
I guess what's next for the UFC is Werdum