UFC president Dana White talked to reporters following UFC Fight Night 150 and answered their questions. Here Is What the boss man had to say in reaction to this MMA media’s questions:
The bonus for”Fight of the Night” moved to Mike Perry vs. Alex Oliveira, while”Performance of the Night” bonuses went to veterans Glover Teixeira and Jim Miller. White admitted handing out FOTN was a tough decision considering how great the primary event between Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza was, but finally said the matchmakers reached a unanimous choice to provide the incentive to Perry and Oliveira.
White said the UFC booked Hermansson against Souza because they believe he’s gifted, and stated he was pleased with the fact”The Joker” was willing to visit the floor with Souza. He said Souza’s toughness from the matchup impressed him, but he did not get the win.
Hermansson’s win puts him at the name combination at 185lbs, but not before UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya attempt to unify the belt after this year. It’s fair to state that Hermansson will need at least one more big-name win until he fights for the middleweight belt.
White said he wasn’t a lover of the event between Greg Hardy and Dmitry Smoliakov. He explained the UFC does not do setup fights, regardless of what fans and media were saying on the internet about this fight, but said he was very disappointed in Smoliakov’s functionality. He’d add that Hardy arrived in great shape for the struggle and did his job from getting the win, but White was very critical of Smoliakov’s cushioned 9-2 record coming into the fight.
The timing of this NFL draft did not have anything related to Hardy being around the crowed. It was since it had been in Florida and Hardy trains at American Top Team, based on White.
The UFC was happy with the presence and gate and plans on coming back to Florida at some stage.
White stated the UFC will Mexico and Puerto Rico. The business is looking at land and is laying out a business plan for the two nations. The UFC is trying to”kickstart the marketplace” by building a performance institute in Puerto Rico, to give jobs to people affected by the hurricanes.
White credited American Top Team proprietor Dan Lambert for spending money to develop the Florida regional MMA scene.
White said he had been impressed with Perry’s functionality, and praised how he remained composed against Oliveira even if he was hurt. The UFC is very high on Perry and this win over Oliveira could push him to the top-15.
The UFC was designed to match with Conor McGregor in Miami, but will instead meet with him in Los Angeles shortly.
Tony Ferguson has no return date set but White stated he wants to book as soon as he’s cleared to battle.
White said the UFC’s choice to visit Miami or Ft. Lauderdale the next time they head to Florida will depend on who fights on the card.
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