UFC president Dana White has known Chuck Liddell for many years, managing him, directing him and now working alongside him.
So when White looks at Ronda Rousey and sees her willingness to do whatever the UFC needs, he can make an easy comparison.
“Ronda called me and said, ‘I want to fight,’” said White, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “She wants to stay busy, she wants to keep fighting. If oyu tell her she can’t fight, she’ll tell you to, ‘(Expletive) you, I want to fight.’
“Ronda is my new Chuck Liddell. Seriously. She’s my new Chuck Liddell. She will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
Rousey (9-0) will return to the Octagon this July and meet Alexis Davis for her UFC female bantamweight title. The bout is scheduled to be the co-main event of UFC 175, which takes place during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
For the former Olympian, it’s been an incredibly busy stretch. She completed filming The Ultimate Fighter last year and moved directly into training to meet Miesha Tate in December and film her roles for “The Expendables 3″ overseas at the same time.
After that, she jumped right back into camp to meet Sara McMann in February before returning home and filming more movie roles for “The Entourage” project. Now, after taking just a few weeks off, she will fight again in a few months.
“She wants to fight,” White said. “She’ll fight back-to-back. She’ll fight on 24 hours’ notice. She’s the new Chuck Liddell.”
Liddell (21-8) retired in 2010 after a loss to Rich Franklin. He competed just once in 2008, ’09 and ’10, but before that, was fighting almost three times a year for the UFC from his debut in 1998 to 2007.
UFC president Dana White wants to get both Nick and Nate Diaz back inside the Octagon and fighting as soon as possible – and as many times as possible.
White’s stated numerous times that he is a fan of both fighters, but the trouble they bring with them when it comes to negotiating deals appears to be getting to the boss.
Nick Diaz announced his retirement for a second time after a loss to Georges St-Pierre, and recently stated he needs $500,000 to fight again. Nate Diaz is trying to get his recently-signed contract changed after besting Gray Maynard.
“This is one of those situations that is going to be a sad story in a few years,” said White, during his media scrum following the TUF Nations Finale. “What people don’t realize when you’re in the moment and 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, get as popular as you can and get as much money as you can.”
White added that he would like to talk with both brothers about their issues, but “You can’t pick up the phone and call these guys.
“I talked to Nick. I offered him the (Hector) Lombard fight. He said he was interested, then he disappears,” White said. “You can’t contact him again. Life goes on. The world moves on without you.”
According to UFC president Dana White, the reason behind moving the Wanderlei Silva-Chael Sonnen fight had nothing to do with Silva wanting more time and everything to do with the “brawl” the two coaches had on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3.
The two are scheduled to meet at UFC 175 in July after being originally set for May.
“What happened was Wanderlei got hurt in that fight,” White said, during his media scrum following The Ultimate Fighter Nations Wednesday. “He got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured. He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight coaching a show.
“I’m done being angry now. I was angry when it happened. It’s just disgusting.”
Sonnen (28-14-1) called out Silva (35-12-1) for weeks to sign the fight contract after he found out it was not yet made official.
White also made sure everyone knows the fight on the reality show was all real and not staged, saying, “It was far from contrived. That thing was a disgusting display of what shouldn’t happen and if I was there, it would have never happened.”
UFC color commentator is a firm believer in Ronda Rousey’s skills.
So much so he feels the UFC female bantamweight champion would defeat boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a fight.
Rogan, appearing on “ESPN’s SportsNation” recently, discussed the idea of a Rousey-Mayweather bout going down.
“If Ronda got a clinch on him, it is not just about being taken down to the ground, it is worrying about knees to the body,” Rogan said. “It is too hard to avoid the clinch. If you watch a Floyd fight, they very rarely end in a one-punch knockout.
“He has brittle hands. His hands break. You are talking about small gloves where hands are going to break even easier. She keeps her chin tucked, hands high and gets hold of you; there is going to be a lot of things she is doing that he doesn’t understand.”
Maybe Rogan is right, but what if Mayweather, a five-division world boxing champion, did land a shot? Could Rousey survive that kind of power?
Mayweather is set to defend his WBC and The Ring welterweight titles against Marcos Maidana in May, with the WBA welterweight crown also on the line. He is 45-0 in his career, but has not scored a finish since a 2011 knockout of Victor Ortiz.
Rousey recently scored her first knockout win in MMA, defeating Sara McMann.
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