When UFC president Dana White offers up his time for media scrums, he’s asked some interesting questions.
When will the promotion head to “Fill in the blank?” Or, “Why doesn’t so and so get a title shot?”
Another continually asked question surrounds fighters who have left the UFC for jobs elsewhere.
Case in point, last week while in Germany, White was asked about Rich Franklin taking a job with ONE FC in Asia as a vice president. The UFC boss has stated before that Franklin, a former champion, came to them and asked about the position and how they would react. Blessings were exchanged and Franklin is welcome back anytime.
Randy Couture, however, is not. And White explained his reasoning.
“All the guys that I’ve beefed with, the Randy Coutures and others,” White said. “Randy Couture doesn’t have the the balls to sit down face-to-face and talk to you about what he wants to do. He’ll actually lie to your face.”
White has said much the same before about Couture, who is a former champion and member of the Hall of Fame. “The Natural” signed a contract with Viacom, which broadcasts Spike TV and Bellator MMA.
“Randy looks like a great guy on paper,” White said. “The reality of it is he’s not. He’s not a good guy. You can ask everybody that’s ever dealt with him.”
Couture has branched out to acting, appearing in the film series “The Expendables,” which recently added Ronda Rousey to the cast.
UFC president Dana White had a little fun in Germany over the weekend after C.B. Dollaway was interviewed by Dan Hardy.
Dollaway, just moments removed from earning a decision over Francis Carmont, stated on a handful of occasions that he was exhausted and couldn’t respond to the questions asked.
“CB is awesome on the mic. DYNAMIC!!!!!” White posted.
During the post-fight press conference, Dollaway was asked about the comment. He had yet to see it, but gave his honest opinion back.
“I probably have to get better on the mic,” he said, “but when you’re exhausted after fighting….I let it all hang out, so yeah, I was tired. It was a tough fight.”
Dollaway said he was left with an assortment of injuries from the three-round war, including “bleeding out of both eyes.”
“Sorry I couldn’t put a better performance on the mic,” he said. “I try to let my fighting do the talking.”
The alum of The Ultimate Fighter and ex-Arizona State University wrestler even replied to White on Twitter, posting, “sorry man I was exhausted, I will work on it! Haha.”
Dollaway has now won four of his last five and is 9-5 overall inside the Octagon. He holds a career record of 15-5 overall, with the win over Carmont being his biggest to date. Carmont (22-9) was ranked in the Top-10 heading into the weekend.
Former Bellator champion Ben Askren had a successful debut with ONE FC on Friday, earning a first round submission victory. In the hours after, Askren had fun on Twitter, engaging in a lengthy debate with Mike Ricci.
Ricci, who trains at Tristar Gym and is a former competitor on The Ultimate Fighter, posted a message directed towards Askren to get things started, writing, “Clearly got hit enough to forget how to spell combined you clown.”
Askren, always one to be aware of what is being said on social media, responded with, “You are a bum and can’t fight worth a damn. I’d play with you like a rag doll.”
Things continued from there, with Ricci writing, “behave yourself. If I ever decide to fight the most boring man in MMA I’ll give you a call.” Askren, who left Bellator after his contract expired, said, “you couldn’t even make it in Bellator! Got knocked out and had to retreat to the sad stage of TUF. I’d beat you and your BF Rory (MacDonald) back to back no problem. Stop wasting my time you bum.”
Ricci called out Askren for a fight at lightweight, his weight, saying, “I’ll make sure to watch your next fight if I need help falling asleep. Calling me a bum? Make 55 watch the beating I put on you.”
Many, including UFC president Dana White, have used that phrase to describe Askren. In his last three fights, though, the ex-U.S. Olympic wrestler has finished each of his opponents.
“No creativity, you suck at fighting and will only fight me at 155,” Askren wrote. “You such a bum, can’t believe I’m wasting time responding.”
Ricci changed his mind about the weight class, saying, “I’ll scrap it out with you at 70..either way this fight won’t happen so I’m done wasting my time as well.”
All of the back-and-forth eventually led to MacDonald chiming in, writing, “watched one of Ben’s fights (today), was very impressed with his technical ability it’s a shame he has no respect.”
Ricci currently fights for Titan FC, earning a win over Jorge Gurgel earlier this year in his debut. MacDonald is set to face Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 next month.
Interim Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks was an unscheduled guest on The MMA Hour recently, joining up to discuss a potential fight with Eddie Alvarez to unify the titles.
While Alvarez tried to play it nice and say things were out of his hands in regards to what Bellator will decide to do with himself, Brooks and former champion Michael Chandler, Brooks made sure to get in some strong words of his own.
“I’m telling you homie, whatever you got with the UFC, it’s not going to look pretty for you,” Brooks said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for transcribing). “If that’s really what you think, you’re not going to walk out of Bellator clean. I promise you that.
“Your best bet is to change the way you think. I promise you, if you think this is going to be an easy fight, you outside of your mind, homie. I’m telling you that right now.”
Brooks earned a decision victory over Chandler earlier this month, and added that he’s only been in MMA “for three-and-a-half years now.
“I’m starting to learn how to strike and I just went out there and almost knocked this kid out, hurt or not, with skills that I haven’t even mastered yet.”
Alvarez, who is 1-1 in two previous meetings with Chandler, said that “I think Mike is a tougher match up, so I’m trying to get the easier match up here. You’re right.”
For what it’s worth, Brooks believes a future rematch between himself and Chandler is in the cards, but he wants to unify the belts first.
“Me and Chandler will have our day again I’m sure,” he wrote on Twitter recently. “But first it should be me and Alvarez.”