With the UFC expanding into Europe this year, you better believe that Dana White is scouting guys he previously couldn’t give half a shit about. Case in point: Alistair Overeem and Semmy Schilt, who were in from Holland to watch the event:
The Dutch duo had VIP treatment to the hilt, sitting ringside all night and making the best of it. “Demolition Man” â€” who promised he would be in attendance â€” was even seen cozying up with company president Dana White from time to time. The pair played to the crowd for six hours and signed an unruly amount of autographs and posed for a ridiculous number of pictures between and during fights. Two biggest fight stars in the crowd behind Michael Bisping. Seriously.
One of the big problems the UFC is having in expanding to new regions is the lack of existing stars. They had to create Michael Bisping from the ground up and have been seen doing the same thing for Mexico (formerly with Roger Huerta) and the Philippines (unfortunately still with Brandon Vera). Ireland was still so green (horrible pun alert!) that they had to pull a 20 year old kid with a 4-0 record to represent them. So it must be nice looking at a show in Germany and knowing that there’s a bevy of great fighters all within conquest reach.