UFC president Dana White spoke to reporters following UFC Fight Night 150 and answered their questions. Here Is What the boss guy had to say in reaction to this MMA media’s queries:
The incentive for”Battle of the Night” moved to Mike Perry vs. Alex Oliveira, while”Performance of the Night” bonuses moved to veterans Glover Teixeira and Jim Miller. White confessed giving out FOTN was a difficult decision considering how good the main affair between Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza was, but finally said the matchmakers reached a unanimous choice to give the incentive to Perry and Oliveira.
White reported the UFC booked Hermansson against Souza since they think he is talented, and stated he was impressed by the fact”The Joker” was willing to go to the floor with Souza. He said Souza’s strength from the matchup also impressed him, but ultimately he didn’t get the win.
Hermansson’s win puts him at the title mix at 185lbs, but not before UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya attempt to merge the belt after this season. It is fair to say that Hermansson will require at least more big-name win until he fights to get the middleweight belt.
White said he was not a fan of this co-main event between Dmitry Smoliakov and Greg Hardy. He said the UFC does not do set-up fights, despite what fans and press were saying online about this particular fight, but stated he had been very disappointed in Smoliakov’s performance. He did add that Hardy came in good shape for the struggle and did his job by getting the win, but White was quite critical of Smoliakov’s cushioned 9-2 record coming to the fight.
The timing of this NFL draft did not have a thing to do with Hardy being around the crowed. It was because it had been in Florida and Hardy trains in American Top Team, based on White.
The UFC was pleased with the attendance and gate and plans on coming back to Florida at some point.
White stated the UFC is going to Mexico and Puerto Rico. The company is considering property and is laying out a business plan for both countries. The UFC is trying to”kickstart the marketplace” by building a performance institute at Puerto Rico, to provide jobs to individuals impacted by the hurricanes.
White blamed American Top Team proprietor Dan Lambert for spending cash to grow the Florida regional MMA scene.
White said he was impressed with Perry’s functionality, and praised how he stayed composed against Oliveira even if he was hurt. The UFC is very high on Perry and this triumph over Oliveira will push him into the top-15.
The UFC was designed to match with Conor McGregor in Miami, but will instead meet with him in Los Angeles soon.
Tony Ferguson has no return date set but White said he wants to book him as soon as he’s cleared to battle.
White reported the UFC’s choice to visit either Miami or Ft. Lauderdale next time they go to Florida will depend on who fights on the card.
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