UFC president Dana White spoke to reporters after UFC Fight Night 150 and answered their queries. Here’s what the boss man had to say in reaction to this MMA media’s questions:
The incentive 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 confessed handing out FOTN was a tough decision considering how great the main event between Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza was, but ultimately said he and the matchmakers reached a unanimous decision to provide the incentive to Perry and Oliveira.
White reported the UFC booked Hermansson against Souza because they believe he is gifted, and said he had been pleased with the fact”The Joker” was prepared to visit the floor with Souza. He said he was impressed with the toughness from the matchup of Souza, but he didn’t get the win.
Hermansson’s win puts him at the title combination at 185lbs, but not before UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya try to merge the belt after this season. It’s fair to state that Hermansson will need at least more big-name win until he fights for the middleweight belt.
White said he wasn’t a fan of this occasion between Greg Hardy and Dmitry Smoliakov. He said the UFC doesn’t do setup fights, despite what fans and press were saying on the internet about this particular fight, but stated he had been very disappointed in Smoliakov’s functionality. He did add that Hardy came in good shape for the fight and did his job from getting the win, but White was quite critical of Smoliakov’s cushioned 9-2 record coming into the struggle.
The timing of this NFL draft didn’t have anything related to Hardy being around the crowed. It was because it was at Florida and Hardy trains in American Top Team, according to White.
The UFC was pleased with the attendance and gate and plans on coming back to Florida at a certain point.
White stated the UFC is going to Mexico and Puerto Rico. The business is looking at property and is laying out a business plan for the two nations. The UFC is attempting to”kickstart the market” by constructing a performance institute at Puerto Rico, to provide jobs to people affected by the hurricanes.
White blamed American Top Team proprietor Dan Lambert for spending money to develop the Florida regional MMA scene.
White said he was impressed with Perry’s functionality, and commended how he stayed composed against Oliveira even if he was hurt. The UFC is quite high on Perry and this win over Oliveira will push him into the top-15.
The UFC was designed to match with Conor McGregor in Miami, but will rather 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 fight.
White reported the UFC’s decision to visit Miami or Ft. Lauderdale next time they go to Florida will depend on who fights on the card.
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