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Dana White Gives His Thoughts On UFC 170

Dana White Gives His Thoughts On UFC 170

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.

4 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    You know he says all this, but he only tweeted one time during the fights and it was about the Koch knock out on the prelims. Usually he’s tweeting non-stop during fights if he likes them

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    “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.”

    Also this is now wrong, Melendez agreed to a new contract due to the fact that he’s coaching opposite Pettis for the new TUF

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I thought fight of the night should have gone to Eye vs Davis hands down, that was a super close fight. Rory dominated after the first round and Maia was gassed that just wasnt all that great.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    I still think its abissmal that maia got an extra 50k for only being fit enough to fight for 5 minutes. Heard people say it was cos of the body shots in round 2, but I dont recall body shots making your arms feel like lead.
    also thought makovsky/Sampo and asuncau/Munoz were way better fights

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