UFC president Dana White spoke to reporters following UFC Fight Night 150 and answered their queries. Here’s what the boss guy had to say in response to the MMA media’s queries:
The incentive for”Fight of the Night” went to Mike Perry vs. Alex Oliveira, while”Performance of the Night” bonuses moved to veterans Glover Teixeira and Jim Miller. White admitted handing out FOTN was a difficult choice considering how good the main event between Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza was, but finally said he and the matchmakers reached a unanimous choice to give the incentive to Perry and Oliveira.
White reported the UFC booked Hermansson against Souza because they believe he is talented, and said he had been pleased with the fact”The Joker” was willing to go to the ground with Souza. He said he was impressed by the strength in the matchup of Souza, but finally he did not get the win.
Hermansson’s win puts him in 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 later this year. It’s reasonable to state that Hermansson will need at least one more high-value triumph before he fights for the middleweight belt.
White said he was not a lover of this occasion between Greg Hardy and Dmitry Smoliakov. He explained the UFC does not do set-up fights, despite what fans and press were saying on the internet about this fight, but said he had been very disappointed in Smoliakov’s performance. He’d add that Hardy arrived in great shape for the fight 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 the NFL draft did not have anything to do with Hardy being around the crowed. It was since it was at Florida and Hardy trains in American Top Team, according to White.
The UFC was happy with the attendance and gate and strategies on coming back to Florida at a certain stage.
White stated the UFC will Mexico and Puerto Rico. The business is considering property and is laying out a business plan for the two nations. The UFC is attempting to”kickstart the market” by building a performance institute in Puerto Rico, to give jobs to people impacted by the hurricanes.
White credited American Top Team owner Dan Lambert for spending money to develop the Florida regional MMA scene.
White said he was impressed with Perry’s performance, and commended how he stayed composed against Oliveira even when he was hurt. The UFC is quite high on Perry and this triumph over Oliveira could push him into the top-15.
The UFC was designed to meet 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 is cleared to battle.
White reported the UFC’s decision to go to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale the next time they go to Florida will depend on who fights on the card.
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