Dana White’s State of the UFC: Pre-Fight Scrum Video from UFC on FOX 11

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UFC president Dana White met with members of the media following Thursday’s UFC on FOX 11 pre-fight press conference. He weighed in heavily on Saturday’s event, but also touched on the recent TUF Nations Finale, former champion Georges St-Pierre, and several other topics.

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Dana White Expects UFC Champions to Come Out of Mexican Expansion

Cain Velasquez UFC World TourThe UFC president fully anticipates his organization to feature a number of title holders that hail from Mexico.

Dana White said on Thursday that he expects Mexico to be “our new Brazil” in the sense that the UFC will be one of the biggest sports attractions in that country.

“Amazing talent is going to come out of Mexico,” White said in Orlando following the UFC on FOX 11 pre-fight news conference. “There’s going to be guys in multiple weight classes who will hold world titles in the lighter weight divisions.”

White confirmed that plans are in place to start shooting The Ultimate Fighter: Mexico once filming for TUF 20 ends this coming summer. The two shows will film back to back.

“I’ll film this115-pound women’s division,” White said. “As soon as it gets done, I literally jump right into the next one and start filming TUF for Mexico.”

White’s enthusiasm stems from the success of UFC 171, which took place in Texas last month. Johny Hendricks defeated Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title in the main event for the March 15 pay-per-view, and White claimed Mexico’s audience turned out to be massive.

If Hendricks or Lawler were of Mexican descent, White implied the audience would have been even greater.

“It did 4.3 million viewers in Mexico,” the UFC boss alleged. “So imagine if a Mexican was involved in that fight, how big that fight would have been.”

White added that he anticipates featuring a card in Mexico this November with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez as the headliner against the winner of Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum. Velasquez is an American-born citizen, but his parents migrated to the United States from Mexico.

Other notable Mexican UFC fighters include Erik “Goyito” Perez, who currently holds a 4-1 record in the Octagon.

The UFC has made a history of featuring local fighters on international fight cards, and the additions of Velasquez and Perez to the first UFC card in Mexico are all but certain.

White’s expectation for UFC champions to come out of Mexico are just as strong as his confidence in the support he’ll get from the fan base in that region.

“The fans in Mexico will totally get behind this thing.”

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Is Ronda Rousey the New Chuck Liddell?

Ronda Rousey and Chuck LiddellWhy did Alexis Davis get the next shot at UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey?

Because Ronda Rousey wants to fight. It’s as simple as that.

At least, it is in the world of UFC president Dana White.

“Because Ronda called me and said, ‘I wanna fight,’” White said following Wednesday night’s The Ultimate Fighter Nations press conference, answering the questions of why Davis. “Ronda is my new Chuck Liddell. She will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. She wants to stay busy. She wants to keep fighting.”

Not that White would tell his champion no, but it’s not like he has much of a choice.

“You tell her she can’t fight, she’ll say ‘(Expletive) you! I wanna fight.’ She wants to fight. She’ll fight back-to-back. She’ll fight on 24 hours notice. She’s the new Chuck Liddell.”

Cat Zingano was supposed to be next up for Rousey, but Zingano is still out of commission, dealing with the fallout from multiple knee injuries and the death of her husband.

Gina Carano has been another highly talked about option, but she’s out promoting her latest movie. White says Carano wants to fight, but they are still in the midst of ongoing negotiations with the former Strikeforce champion.

In the meantime, Rousey is making movies, but wants to fight this summer, plain and simple.

“She’s out doing so many movies right now, she doesn’t have a second to herself, (but) she wants to fight. She wants to fight this summer. She’s probably gonna want to fight again right after that too,” said White.

“That’s how Chuck Liddell was, and that’s the way a lot of these guys are, you can’t stop them. At the end of the day, a grown man or woman is gonna do what they want.”

And Rousey wants to fight.

Where will that get her? Well, if she is the next Chuck Liddell, it’ll eventually get her into the UFC Hall of Fame… although that’s probably already a lock.

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Is Ronda Rousey the New Chuck Liddell?

Ronda Rousey and Chuck LiddellWhy did Alexis Davis get the next shot at UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey?

Because Ronda Rousey wants to fight. It’s as simple as that.

At least, it is in the world of UFC president Dana White.

“Because Ronda called me and said, ‘I wanna fight,’” White said following Wednesday night’s The Ultimate Fighter Nations press conference, answering the questions of why Davis. “Ronda is my new Chuck Liddell. She will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. She wants to stay busy. She wants to keep fighting.”

Not that White would tell his champion no, but it’s not like he has much of a choice.

“You tell her she can’t fight, she’ll say ‘(Expletive) you! I wanna fight.’ She wants to fight. She’ll fight back-to-back. She’ll fight on 24 hours notice. She’s the new Chuck Liddell.”

Cat Zingano was supposed to be next up for Rousey, but Zingano is still out of commission, dealing with the fallout from multiple knee injuries and the death of her husband.

Gina Carano has been another highly talked about option, but she’s out promoting her latest movie. White says Carano wants to fight, but they are still in the midst of ongoing negotiations with the former Strikeforce champion.

In the meantime, Rousey is making movies, but wants to fight this summer, plain and simple.

“She’s out doing so many movies right now, she doesn’t have a second to herself, (but) she wants to fight. She wants to fight this summer. She’s probably gonna want to fight again right after that too,” said White.

“That’s how Chuck Liddell was, and that’s the way a lot of these guys are, you can’t stop them. At the end of the day, a grown man or woman is gonna do what they want.”

And Rousey wants to fight.

Where will that get her? Well, if she is the next Chuck Liddell, it’ll eventually get her into the UFC Hall of Fame… although that’s probably already a lock.

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Dana White’s Patience with the Diaz Brothers Seems to be Wearing Thin

NateDiazNickDiazUFN15_1362-sqNo one can say that the Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate, aren’t talented fighters. Nick has won the Strikeforce and WEC welterweight titles and fought for the UFC’s 170-pound championship. Nate won The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight tournament. He’s earned five Fight of the Night awards, five Submission of the Night awards, and one Knockout of the Night bonus.

They have a loyal and rabid fan base, but both have recently stated that they want out of their UFC contracts.

Nick Diaz announced a pseudo-retirement following his UFC 158 loss to Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title. He’s on a two-fight losing streak, losing to Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title at UFC 143 prior to the loss to St-Pierre. In a recent interview with The Boxing Channel, the older Diaz said he wished someone would buy out his contract so he could pursue a boxing career.

Nate Diaz snapped a two-fight losing streak in his last outing, defeating Gray Maynard by technical knockout on Nov. 30, 2013. He’s voiced his displeasure with his current UFC deal on Twitter and asked to be released from his contract. Both brothers have called for title shots in order to return.

UFC president Dana White addressed the situation with the Stockton duo following The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in Quebec City in Canada on Wednesday.

Nick Diaz has a contract. The whole crazy thing with the Diaz brothers, this is one of those situations that is gonna be sad in a few years when you look back on it. You’re gonna see two talented kids that had fans and had interest in fighting and they sat out,” said White.

“What people don’t realize, and when you’re in the moment, your time is now. Guys don’t realize until it’s over. You will never make that kind of money again for the rest of your life. You should fight as much as you can possibly fight, get as popular as you can possibly get to make as much money as you possibly can,” added the UFC president.

Nate was offered a fight with undefeated rising star Khabib Nurmagomedov but turned the fight down.

“Coming off of two losses and then you get a win, the Nate Diaz thing. Nate was in position, he fought for the title, then he fought again to put himself back in title contention and then he got knocked out in that fight, and now wants a new contract and wants a title shot and all this. That is not how this all works,” said White.

Nick was offered a fight against Hector Lombard and initially seemed interested in the match-up but has since cut off communication with the organization.

“You can’t pick up the phone and call these guys. I talked to Nick. I offered him the Lombard fight. Said he was interested in it and then he’s gone, disappears,” White said.

The patience of White and the UFC seems to be wearing thin when it comes to the Diaz brothers, and the window for them to return to the organization seems to be rapidly closing.

“You can sit out, you can talk all you want, you can tweet all you want, you can do whatever you want; the bus is gonna pass you by and you’re gonna be sitting there saying what did I do. Or maybe they won’t,” he said. “Life goes on. Life goes on without anybody. Presidents of countries leave, die, move on, whatever, the world moves on without you.”

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