UFC president Dana White talked to reporters following UFC Fight Night 150 and answered their queries. Here Is What the boss man had to say in response to this MMA media’s queries:
The bonus for”Fight of the Night” went to Mike Perry vs. Alex Oliveira, while”Performance of the Night” bonuses went to veterans Glover Teixeira and Jim Miller. White admitted giving out FOTN was a tough decision considering how great the main affair 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 reserved Hermansson against Souza because they think he is gifted, and said he had been pleased with the fact”The Joker” was willing to visit the floor with Souza. He explained the strength in the matchup of Souza impressed him, but he didn’t get the win.
Hermansson’s win puts him in the title combination at 185lbs, but not before UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya try to unify the belt later this year. It’s fair to say that Hermansson will need at least one more big-name win before he fights for the middleweight belt.
White said he wasn’t a fan of this co-main occasion between Greg Hardy and Dmitry Smoliakov. He said the UFC does not do set-up fights, despite what fans and press were saying on the internet about this fight, but stated he had been very disappointed in Smoliakov’s performance. He did add that Hardy came in great shape for the struggle and did his job by getting the win, but White was very critical of Smoliakov’s cushioned 9-2 record coming into the struggle.
The timing of this NFL draft didn’t have anything to do with Hardy being around the crowed. It was since it had been in Florida and Hardy trains in American Top Team, according to White.
The UFC was pleased with the presence and gate and plans on coming back to Florida at some stage.
White said the UFC will Mexico and Puerto Rico. The company is considering property and is putting out a business plan for both nations. The UFC is attempting to”kickstart the marketplace” by constructing a performance institute at Puerto Rico, to provide jobs to individuals affected by the hurricanes.
White blamed 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 had been hurt. The UFC is quite high on Perry and this triumph over Oliveira will push him to the top-15.
The UFC was supposed 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 would like to book him as soon as he is cleared to fight.
White said the UFC’s decision to visit either Miami or Ft. Lauderdale next time they head to Florida will rely on who fights on the card.
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