NY - Stop Fighting This Sport! - by Dana White
N.Y., stop fighting this sport: Mixed martial arts is safe -- and our economy needs the kick
By Dana White
If you've paid any attention to mixed martial arts over the past decade, you know the sport has exploded. It has the highest pay-per-view numbers of any sporting event, is broadcast on numerous cable, satellite and network television stations, enjoys mainstream sponsorships and has a large and diverse fan base. It is sanctioned in 45 of 48 U.S. states that have athletic commissions and across Canada and Australia.
Unfortunately, MMA fans in New York are forced to enjoy the sport from afar. Here in New York, MMA is totally banned.
It's long past time to overturn that prohibition. It's a safe and respectable sport that's every bit as legitimate as boxing or professional football.
I won't pretend to be objective. I run the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the single most popular MMA promotion company. While I think that our fans here in New York and the city would profit immensely from legalization, it will also certainly affect my bottom line.
Dana White: Despite NHL competition, "I wouldn't change" a thing about UFC 131
If the UFC is to measure itself against Vancouver hockey, it might as well compare itself to water, food or air.
Hockey, UFC president Dana White said, is "like a religion" in Vancouver. So it's no surprise this past weekend's UFC 131 event may have been a bit overshadowed by the Canucks and the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
White, though, said if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't change a thing about UFC 131 and the company's trip to Vancouver.
Junior dos Santos Installed as Early Favorite Against UFC Champ Cain Velasquez
Junior dos Santos had not even gotten back to his locker room by the time fans and media everywhere were deep in thought about his future UFC heavyweight championship bout with Cain Velasquez.
Another party quite interested: gamblers.
According to noted MMA linesmaker Nick Kalikas, dos Santos is a slight edge in the possible fall matchup.
Just moments after UFC 131 ended, Kalikas installed dos Santos as a -125 favorite, giving him a very slight edge over the champion, who was listed at -105.
Man I wish I had some money to throw down on Velasquez. I know he'll be going into the fight with a big layoff, but I have Cain winning.
Dana White Clarifies 5 Round Non-Title Fight Scenarios; Addresses Mayhem vs. Bisping Fight
Starting soon every main event in the UFC will be a 5 round fight regardless of whether a title is on the line or not.
There are still a few rules around the new policy that could affect fighters.
According to UFC President Dana White if a main event fighter is injured and someone steps up to take their place, they will be expected to fight a 5 round fight even if it is on short notice. That isn’t much different than someone stepping to accept a title bout on short notice, but it also applies to the new non-title fights as well.
Following Trash Talking Kids project, Stephan Bonnar has beef with Josh Koscheck
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Simply put, UFC fan favorite Stephan Bonnar does not like fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 1" cast member Josh Koscheck.
Or, as Bonnar put it a little more eloquently, the light heavyweight dreams of kicking the welterweight contender's ass.
"Words cannot describe how bad I want to kick Josh Koscheck's ass right now," Bonnar said at this weekend's UFC Fight Club Q&A session. "Sometimes I can't sleep at night because I'm up just thinking about all the things I want to do to him – and kick his ass."
UFC Quick Quote: Donald Cerrone wants to fight Sam Stout after UFC 131 win
Donald Cerrone talks to Ariel Helwani after his impressive showing at the UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" event last night (June 11, 2011) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and calls out Sam Stout, who was also in action on the card.
"Cowboy" cruised past late replacement and Octagon debutant Vagner Rocha, while "Hands of Stone" knocked out journeyman Yves Edwards with a left hand so devastating that Dana White referred to it as "one of the most vicious knockouts in UFC history."
UFC 131's Mark Munoz: "I proved I am in that top echelon" at middleweight
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva goes for his 10th consecutive title defense when he meets Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in August.
After that? Well, your guess is as good as anyone else's.
But following an impressive victory over Demian Maia (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at Saturday's UFC 131 event, Mark Munoz (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) believes he proved he should be in the title discussion.
UFC 131: Cain Velasquez reacts to Junior dos Santos vs Shane Carwin fight result
UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez has been in a state of purgatory for some time now.
Not only has he been unable to train, thanks to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, but it's also been unclear who the next challenger to his title will be.
That came to an end last night (June 11, 2011) in the main event of UFC 131, as Junior dos Santos emphatically put a stamp on his status as the top contender in the division by overwhelming Shane Carwin en route to a clear unanimous decision win.
UFC 131 winner Junior Dos Santos: I will be ready for champ Cain Velasquez
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – For the second-straight fight, heavyweight slugger Junior Dos Santos (13-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) was unable to finish his opponent.
For the second-straight time, it hardly seemed to matter.
Dos Santos battered a game Shane Carwin (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) over a 15-minute span in the main event of Saturday's UFC 131 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Now it's on to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), and Dos Santos believes he's more than ready for his most difficult challenge yet.
With title shot likely, UFC 131's Kenny Florian committed to 145 pounds
Two-time UFC lightweight title-challenger Kenny Florian admits his first cut to 145 pounds was a challenge.
In fact, after being forced to cut down from a beginning weight of more than 180 pounds, Florian (15-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) wondered if fighting in a fourth weight class was perhaps one too many.
But following a victory over Diego Nunes (16-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in Saturday's UFC 131 co-main event on pay-per-view, he appears to have what he wanted all along: another shot at the title.
Dana White slams UFC 131 judging, praises Herb Dean as best in the business
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Another major MMA event, another set of confusing scorecards.
Following Saturday's UFC 131 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, UFC president Dana White took dead aim at a few judges' decisions he deemed unforgivable while suggesting those officials should not be used in MMA competition ever again.
However, White also laid high praise on one referee from Saturday's card, one the UFC boss said proved once again (well, twice actually) why he's the best in the business.
UFC 131 scores 14,685 attendance figure for $2.8 million gate
Although it failed to match the figures posted by the UFC's debut show in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Saturday's UFC 131 event still exceeded expectations.
Following the event, which took place at Rogers Arena, UFC president Dana White confirmed an attendance figure of 14,685 and a live gate of $2.8 million (U.S.).
UFC 115, which took place in June 2010, scored 17,669 attendees for a $4.22 million gate.
UFC 131 bonuses: Stout, Weidman, Herman and Einemo get $70,000 awards
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Sam Stout, Chris Weidman, Dave Herman and Jon Olav Einemo each earned $70,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin" event.
Stout earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Weidman picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Herman and Einemo took home "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and award amounts while at UFC 131's post-event press conference.
UFC May Enlist Retired NBA Superstar Shaquille O'Neal as Ambassador
Plenty of celebrities have walked through the doors of an arena to watch a UFC event, from George Clooney to Robert Downey, Jr., to longtime fan Kevin James, who is so fight-crazy that he's currently filming an MMA-themed movie entitled Here Comes the Boom.
Among the longest standing of the celebrity fans though, is recently retired NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal, who has been to numerous major events and has openly talked about a desire to fight professionally.
Whether or not O'Neal follows through on his long-held desire to fight remains unlikely -- he is, after all, 39 years old -- but during a Friday ESPN interview, UFC president Dana White revealed that he recently spoke to O'Neal, who voiced a desire to help the promotion as it continues its worldwide expansion.
Video to ESPN Interview on the playground
Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland slated for UFC 134 in Brazil
A bantamweight bout between Ian Loveland (14-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Yves Jabouin (15-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is slated for August's UFC 134 event.
Officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fight.
The bout likely will be part of the preliminary card of UFC 134, which takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro. The pay-per-view headliner pits middleweight champion Anderson Silva against Yushin Okami.
Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC Fight Night 25 "Bayou" event
This past week Jonathan Brookins told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he planned to return at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou."
"The Ultimate Fighter 12" winner now has an opponent.
Brookins (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has agreed to drop a weight class to fight featherweight Erik Koch (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the Sept. 17 event, UFC officials today announced.
UFC's Tom Wright: "We're really happy with tickets sales" for UFC 131
It's only logical that the UFC eventually would have to share Canada with hockey.
With three events up north in 2010 and the same number expected this year, the promotion was bound to run into the country's second most popular combat sport, where occasionally, a game breaks out.
The UFC knew full well it was on the Vancouver Canucks' turf when it booked UFC 131, its second event in the British Columbia city after this past June's UFC 115 event. But they hardly could've anticipated the team going on an impressive run that led to the Stanley Cup Finals, much less that the hockey team would be occupying Rogers Arena the night prior to the UFC's pay-per-view event.