UFC president Dana White almost always tells it like it is. Or at least from his vantage point.
During a recent interview with the Albuquerque Journal, White was asked to touch on a number of subjects, including contract talks with Holly Holm, his feelings on Greg Jackson and the explosion of women’s MMA in general.
The UFC heads to New Mexico this weekend for UFC Fight Night 42, which will see Benson Henderson take on Rustam Khabilov in the main event.
Holm, a former world champion in boxing, has won all seven of her MMA fights to date. Six of those wins have been finishes, including an April TKO over Juliana Werner to become the Legacy FC bantamweight champion.
White and her management team talked earlier this year, but no contract was finalized at the time. In fact, the brash boss had some choice words regarding the meeting. The two sides, though, continue to discuss a deal, just not with White involved.
“I don’t have the temperament for it,” White said. “I’ll end up crushing everything, so what happens is, there’s deals that I deal with sometimes and there’s deals that (Lorenzo Fertitta) does. Obviously, even though I’m out, I’ll weigh in on things that I think we should and shouldn’t do.
“But I leave some of these to Lorenzo. He has a much better temperament than I do.”
White’s feelings on Jackson, who trains some of the best of the best in the world in New Mexico, came out when Jon Jones decided to listen to his trainer and not accept a short notice fight with Chael Sonnen in 2012.
“I have no problem with Greg Jackson whatsoever,” White admitted. “The only thing I was saying was, listen, he’s a businessman at the end of the day. It’s more than just being a trainer. The guy owns a business, runs a business and is a businessman.”
The UFC will be conducting an entire female season of The Ultimate Fighter later this year, as a first-ever strawweight champion will be crowned. For someone who was anti-female fighting just a few short years ago, White has completed turned the page on the subject.
“(Women) are playing a huge role, bigger than I ever imagined it could be,” he said. “The sport has come so far that the women are extremely talented. You put on a card, and they’re some of the most exciting fights of the night. And Ronda Rousey is arguably, if not the biggest, one of the biggest stars in the UFC.”
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