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 reaction to the MMA media’s questions:
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 choice considering how great the main affair 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 said the UFC reserved Hermansson against Souza because they believe he’s gifted, and said he was impressed by the fact”The Joker” was prepared to go to the ground with Souza. He said the strength from the matchup of Souza impressed him, but he didn’t get the win.
Hermansson’s win puts him at the name combination at 185lbs, but not until UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya try to merge the belt after this year. It is reasonable to say that Hermansson will need at least more big-name win before he fights for the middleweight belt.
White said he wasn’t a fan of this co-main event between Dmitry Smoliakov and Greg Hardy. He explained the UFC doesn’t do setup fights, despite what fans and media were saying on the internet about this fight, but said he had been very disappointed in Smoliakov’s functionality. He’d add that Hardy came in good shape for the struggle and did his job by getting the win, but White was very critical of Smoliakov’s padded 9-2 record coming to the struggle.
The timing of the NFL draft didn’t have anything to do with Hardy being on the crowed. It was because it was at Florida and Hardy trains at 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 said the UFC will Mexico and Puerto Rico. The company is considering land and is putting out a business plan for both nations. The UFC is trying to”kickstart the marketplace” by building a performance institute at Puerto Rico, to provide jobs to people affected by the hurricanes.
White credited American Top Team owner Dan Lambert for spending money to grow the Florida regional MMA scene.
White said he had been impressed with Perry’s performance, and praised how he remained composed against Oliveira even when he was hurt. The UFC is quite high on Perry and this triumph over Oliveira will push him into the top-15.
The UFC was supposed to meet with Conor McGregor in Miami, but will instead meet with him in Los Angeles soon.
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 choice to visit Miami or Ft. Lauderdale next time they head to Florida will depend on who fights on the card.
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