UFC president Dana White was in a good mood following Saturday night’s UFC 170 event, providing FOX Sports 1 some interesting comments.
The card featured UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against Sara McMann in the main event. Rousey landed a liver kick, earning the first TKO victory of her career.
“She looked fantastic,” White said. “One of the many things I love about Ronda is she keeps me in the loop on everything she does. She has been sending me tons of sparring posts and saying they are having trouble finding her sparring partners.
“She has been knocking people out in the gym: standing and with knees to the body.”
In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier made a successful debut at light heavyweight, finishing off Patrick Cummins in short order. White said “DC” looked “awesome.”
As for Cummins, who stepped in on less than two weeks notice to face Cormier, White plans to keep him around for at least another fight.
“Cummins will stay here. We’ll get him a fight that is more suitable and see how he does,” White stated.
Cormier’s win positioned him nicely in the light heavyweight division, but the top contenders – and champion – are all currently booked.
“We’ll wait and see what happens after (Alexander) Gustafsson (faces Jimi Manuwa next month),” he said. “We’ll see how things play out and hope nobody gets injured.”
Another key main card fight saw Rory MacDonald down Demian Maia via decision. MacDonald was coming off a loss to Robbie Lawler in a bout White was very critical of.
“I have been very hard on Rory for his last couple of fights,” the boss admitted. “He came out and looked fantastic.
“I don’t do any predictions (before the card), but I thought (MacDonald vs. Maia) would be the stinker fight of the night. Rory looked great and fought the way he needed to.”
MacDonald and Maia each picked up $50,000 for their 15-minute battle, as it garnered “Fight of the Night” status.
Finally, White said he is staying out of the negotiations involving former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. Bellator gave Melendez a contract recently, and the UFC holds a matching clause.
“I have nothing to do with that deal, I really don’t know,” White said.
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