Welcome to another edition of Dana Sez, where Dana White declares what’s what and MMA websites farm his word crops for a bountiful news harvest. First up, his position on the Alistair Overeem situation:
“I will snap and freak out and I don’t want to do that,” White told reporters following the conclusion of the press conference. “I don’t want to talk about it. I’m too upset about it. Seriously, I can’t talk about it.”
“Everybody gets due process,” White said. “Alistair Overeem will have his due process with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. We’ll see what happens and we’ll go from there. When it all goes down, somebody else will speak about this. Not me.”
It doesn’t sound like Dana White is too impressed with Alistair Overeem’s plans to make a legal runaround on his positive UFC 146 drug test. Which is nice because it makes the UFC prez’s next statement about random testing sound slightly less bullsh*t:
“I have 375 fighters in every country all over the world. The battle that I have to get these guys to get their [expletive] bout agreements back and show up for press is un[expletive]believable. The fact that I have to make personal phone calls to tell guys to talk to the [expletive] press. Now I’m going to start making personal phone calls to go show up for random drug tests? The general public and the media need to grasp some [expletive] concept of reality, okay? The reality of us doing all the [expletive] things that we’re doing, when we already have the gold standard in drug testing, and then trying to chase 375 guys all over the world to randomly test them too? It’s impossible,” White said.
The UFC having the ‘gold standard’ in drug testing just tells you how miserable testing is across the rest of the sports world. Unfortunately, we’re still in this wierd place where government run commissions are the ones responsible for testing and they’re doing a wholly inadequate job.
Putting the UFC in charge of it’s own testing doesn’t seem like the optimal solution either. That’s why they’ve put their support behind a new international federation that can replace their self-regulation for European shows. Are these guys going to be any better at catching cheaters as American commissions? Probably not. Oh steroids. You sticky wicket.
Fans have talked about the idea of international feeder leagues for a while now and it looks like Dana and the Fertittas are starting to toy with the idea:
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“Lorenzo and I were literally talking about this before the show started tonight, and we’re coming up with some ideas on how to – believe it or not – do more events so that we can feed these markets that are dying for it,” White said. “The U.K. keeps terrorizing us. Ireland is part of it, but (we’re) going back to Ireland, too. And Scotland. A guy here tonight was asking about Norway. Germany we haven’t been back to. Every time we got to Australia, it’s insane.
“There are a lot of markets that are starved. India – we’re going to go to India. The list goes on and on and on. China we were talking about tonight, too. But we’re working on figuring out how to feed all these markets so they don’t have to wait so long.”
“We’ve talked about doing two shows at the same time,” White said. “We’ve talked about doing a lot of stuff. But one of the things you guys have got to understand, the hardest part is the infrastructure. It’s creating all this new talent, and it’s not just fighters. It’s commentators. It’s (cage announce Bruce) Buffer’s position. Cameramen. (It’s) all the things that go along with putting on the event that we put on. It’s a lot of work.”
“We talked about [regional champions],” he said. “We talked about rankings – just like boxing, guys ranked in other countries. So you end up being ranked. I don’t know. You have UFC champions, and then you have guys that are ranked in different countries. It absolutely makes sense. In the big picture, long-term, it absolutely makes perfect sense.”
If the UFC wants this to work they’re going to have to start putting some new people in high places. It’s also going to cost a lot of money to establish these regional circuits, money which may or may not be made back over the long run. But it beats letting guys like ONE take over Asia. The last thing the UFC needs now is a foreign fight league bleeding headliners from Zuffa’s roster.
In teensy tiny sound bite news, Dana put the kaibosh on the Rally for Mark Hunt:
“They can keep rallying. It ain’t going to happen,”
And Dana is softening his stance on King Mo:
“We’ll see how this whole thing goes down,” said White in an interview with MMAJunkie. “The fact that he called her and reached out to her, I mean, that’s what he should have done. It’s respectable. I respect that.”
Now if only CagePotato could figure out what ‘the right thing to do’ is in their situation.