Dana White: UFC could be on cusp of major sponsorship deal with Reebok
NEWARK, N.J. – UFC 159 main event winner and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones broke some major ground in 2012 when he signed a sponsorship deal with Nike. But Nike soon could have some in-octagon competition from one of its biggest competitors.
UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following UFC 159 that the promotion will meet with Reebok this week to talk about a major sponsorship opportunity.
Anderson Silva calls Dana White for a fight – post-Weidman
NEWARK, N.J. – Chael Sonnen had just finished a characteristic rant on the fickle competitive appetites of champion fighters – Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) and Jon Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) in particular – when UFC President Dana White chimed in with some apparently good news.
"Anderson called and wants a fight," said White, who declined to name the middleweight champ's target.
UFC 159 Weigh In Results
The official UFC 159 weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Jon Jones (205) vs. Chael Sonnen (205) - for light-heavyweight title
Alan Belcher (185) vs. Michael Bisping (186)
Cheick Kongo (237) vs. Roy Nelson (258)
Phil Davis (205) vs. Vinny Magalhaes (205.5)
Pat Healy (155.5) vs. Jim Miller (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Rustam Khabilov (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5)
Ovince St. Preux (206) vs. Gian Villante (206)
Sheila Gaff (133) vs. Sara McMann (134)
Johnny Bedford (136) vs. Bryan Caraway (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Leonard Garcia (145) vs. Cody McKenzie (145)
Nick Catone (173) vs. James Head (170.25)*
Kurt Holobaugh (145) vs. Steven Siler (145.25)
* - Catone has been fined 20 percent of his purse, but the fight will go on as scheduled
DDP, Sinosic, Shamrock, Baroni, Varner and more give UFC 159 Predictions
Muhsin Corbbrey (15-7-2 MMA, Pro Boxer, Kickboxer and ESPN Asia Veteran) - “Jon Jones wins this fight via superior athletics and skill, I think it’ll make it to the third round and Sonnen may even get him down early via the takedown. But I think ‘Bones’ stops him with strikes in the 3rd.”
Jamie Varner (21-7-1-2, former WEC Lightweight Champion) - “Jones wins even though I am a Sonnen fan.”
Shayna Baszler (15-8, FCF Women’s Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion) – “Instead of analyzing this with rational and all that, I’m totally fanning out and cheering for Chael!!”
Frank Shamrock (23-10-2, Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, WEC Light Heavyweight Champion & Strikeforce Middleweight Champion) – “Bones Jones wins via TKO, then Sonnen retires and works on FOX telecast.”