Dana White on Fighter Pay: “When you look at the lives we’ve changed, I’m (expletive) proud of it”
In the 13 years that Zuffa has owned the Ultimate Fighting Championship, it has taken the promotion from the brink of extinction to one of the hottest sports properties on the planet.
Over the course of that time, they’ve also provided the opportunity for numerous fighters to not only make a living in their chosen sport, but to thrive. Several have gone on to become millionaires, and many have cemented legacies.
But along with any success story come the critics who believe that things can always be better...
Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr.? The boxer and Dana White are talking
Anderson Silva hasn't been shy about saying he's interested in a fight against boxer Roy Jones Jr. And the buzz around that potential may reach a fever pitch this weekend.
UFC President Dana White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Jones will be the UFC's guest on Saturday at UFC 162 in Las Vegas – and that the two are "talking."
Anderson Silva: Boxing Roy Jones Jr. means more than GSP or Jon Jones superfight
As far as Anderson Silva is concerned, his legacy is already complete. But if the UFC middleweight champion can stray from the normal title defenses for one blockbuster, he'd rather it comes against boxer Roy Jones Jr. than with UFC champs Georges St-Pierre or Jon Jones.
Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC), who fights undefeated challenger Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in Saturday's UFC 162 pay-per-view headliner, would claim his 17th straight UFC win and 11th consecutive title defense if victorious. Yet, heading into the fight, and despite a new 10-fight contract, the 38-year-old has spent a lot of time talking about his legacy.
Renan Barao-Eddie Wineland Rescheduled for UFC 165 Co-Headliner in Toronto
The UFC interim bantamweight title tilt originally slated for June will now take place Sept. 21, as Renan Barao will face Eddie Wineland in the UFC 165 co-main event.
UFC officials confirmed the booking Wednesday night following an initial report from TheStarPhoenix.com. UFC 165 takes place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto and is headlined by a light heavyweight title collision pitting Jon Jones against Alexander Gustafsson.
Mike Pyle replaces Thiago Alves vs. Matt Brown at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1
Thiago Alves' road back to the octagon will wait once again.
Alves (19-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) has been forced out of his welterweight bout against Matt Brown (17-11 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in August, and Mike Pyle (25-8-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will step in as his replacement. The UFC announced the change on Wednesday. The fight is expected to be part of the six-fight main card.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston and will be the UFC's debut on the new FOX Sports 1 cable network.
Hector Lombard vs Nate Marquardt welterweight bout official for UFC 166 on Oct. 19 in Houston
Ask and you shall receive.
Hector Lombard played matchmaker less than two weeks ago, officially announcing he'd cut to 170 pounds and that he wanted a fight against former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nate Marquardt.
It wasn't the first time he'd asked for the fight either. Lombard has wanted a piece of Marquardt for over two years now, hearkening back to his Bellator days when "The Great" was originally kicked from UFC for elevated levels of testosterone.
MMAFighting has confirmed that Lombard vs. Marquardt will go down at UFC 166 this fall (Oct. 19, 2013) in Houston's Toyota Center.
Dana White says he can solve UFC fighter pay gripes – by eliminating bonuses
The UFC is contemplating the elimination of fight-night and discretionary bonuses to fighters, the promotion's president told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"You don't like the structure? All right, we'll pay the lower-level guys more money – no more f--king bonuses," Dana White said. "You guys come in, you negotiate your contracts, and we do away with all bonuses. That's what I'm thinking about doing."