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UFC president Dana White was in rare form during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight,” offering up his thoughts on a number of subjects.

One of those matters discussed revolved around Alistair Overeem. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion was recently knocked out by Ben Rothwell, suffering his third loss in his last four Octagon appearances.

Despite the rough patch, White plans to keep “The Reem” around for the time being.

“He is still one of the Top-10 heavyweights in the world,” he said. “We’ll give him another fight.”

Overeem recently stated that he plans to continue fighting despite the loss.

Is Woodley in trouble for declining fight?

Tyron Woodley declined a fight with Hector Lombard that could have produced a welterweight contender. And while White is never happy with fighters saying no to bouts, he is giving the former college wrestling standout a “pass right now.”

“Woodley doesn’t want that fight,” White said. “Tyron just stepped up on short notice and fought in China. I’ll give him a pass right now.”

White compares Ben Askren to Tito Ortiz

Former Bellator champion and current ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren has received quite a bit of attention from White despite never competing for him.

Askren, an ex-Olympic wrestler, doesn’t shy away from saying how he truly feels, and White has taken notice.

“I thought Tito (Ortiz) was the dumbest human being alive,” White said. “This guy is an absolute moron. He’s copying everything that Tito does. You get a lot of attention if you talk about the UFC.

“If he’s happy fighting in Asia, then what’s he talking about me for?”

Askren appeared on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” last week and was cut off after going on a tangent about the UFC.

Why was Thiago Silva granted another shot in the UFC?

Earlier this year, the promotion cut Thiago Silva following an incident in Florida. After all charges were dropped, White elected to sign him to another contract.

In explaining why they did what they did, White took a shot at the NFL over the recent Ray Rice matter. Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens and banned by the league for striking his then-fiance and now wife.

“When I said he’d never work in the UFC again, the SWAT team was surrounding his house, and he looked like he was in trouble. The guy hasn’t been charged with anything,” he said. “There are two sides to this story. Since it happened, he’s said it’s not true. His manager and he have told us what’s happened. But if you believe in the legal process in the United States, he was put through it and was charged with nothing in the end.

“There’s no proof or evidence that he did anything wrong. If there was a tape that popped up like Ray Rice, that would be a different story.”

georges st-pierre

Firas Zahabi, the head coach at Tristar Gym where former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre trains, believes the fighter will make a 2015 return to action.

GSP retired after a successful title defense over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 last November, citing several reasons. Earlier this year, he suffered a torn ACL, but Zahabi told ESPN that he is ahead in terms of recovery compared to his first knee injury in 2011.

“It’s looking way better than the first time,” he said. “We just finished training and were talking about how his quadriceps got back to size so much faster this time around. No two ACL injuries are the same. We’re learning that.

“In October, he’s going to try really light martial arts training. Maybe hit pads. A little movement. Nothign crazy.”

Zahabi admitted that the two have not discussed any such return to actual fighting, he just has a “gut feeling” he’ll compete again for UFC.

“My personal opinion is he still has plenty of competitive juice in him,” Zahabi said. “I don’t think he’ll be anywhere near fight shape until he’s late 34, mid-34. I think he’s got a few fights in him, but I don’t want to speak for the guy.

“He might retire and no one could blame him.”

St-Pierre has been a very outspoken individual when it comes to including more randomized drug testing in MMA, as he hopes to help clean the sport up.

“From now on, he’s in a place where he doesn’t have to fight a guy if that guy doesn’t do the test,” Zahabi said. “He is a big believer in everybody should be natural. Georges is happy. He’s a natural athlete.”

Hendricks went on to win the vacant title when he bested Robbie Lawler. The two are expected to rematch in early 2015. Along with rehab, St-Pierre has remained in MMA circles, cornering teammate Francis Carmont for his most recent UFC bouts.

Antonio Silva

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva became the first person in six years to defeat Alistair Overeem back in 2013 when he weathered the early storm and finished the former Strikeforce champion.

Since, Overeem has also dropped bouts – all via finish – to Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell.

And Silva can do nothing but laugh about it.

“I was flying to Brazil and at the airport and I had the opportunity to sit and watch the Overeem (vs. Rothwell) fight,” said Silvia, in a recent interview with Combate. “He is a comedy, a cartoon. You have to feel sorry for a guy like that.

“He is reaping what he sowed. Who plants the good reaps good. He’s a despicable person and does not deserve much attention from people.”

Silva and Overeem exchanged plenty of words in the weeks leading up to their meeting. Silva returns to action himself Saturday night against Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 51 from Brazil.

The No. 4 ranked heavyweight continued to lay it on Overeem, saying “he’s a guy who just leave enmity wherever he goes.

“It’s sad to see a person like him, because we never wish harm on a person, never want to see a person in this situation,” he said. “It may be that I gave him issues with his chin. But I’m sure he was psychologically shaken. When he sees a big guy, he must get scared, close his eyes and remember something.”

Prior to the loss to Silva, Overeem was viewed as one of the top heavyweights in the world. He had won 11 in a row and was unbeaten in his previous 12 fights, including wins over Brock Lesnar, Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt.

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Thanks to his finish of Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is now ranked second in the latest UFC middleweight division rankings. Souza passed Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida after the recent win over the No. 7 Mousasi.

Belfort, though, remains on track as the next contender, taking on champion Chris Weidman later this year at UFC 181 in Las Vegas.

Eddie Alvarez, who recently held the Bellator lightweight title, debuted for in the lightweight Top-15 at No. 14. Alvarez takes on Donald Cerrone later this month at UFC 178.

The other big winner was Ben Rothwell, as the heavyweight debuted at No. 9 following his stunning knockout of Alistair Overeem. Overeem, a former Strikeforce champion, fell from seventh to 10th overall.

Along with Souza, Michael Bisping, Mark Munoz, Zach Makovsky, Bryan Caraway, Stipe Miocic, Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson all moved up in their respective divisions.

Anderson Silva

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva continues to work to overcome the horrific injury that left him inside the Octagon last December screaming in pain.

Silva, who suffered a broken leg when Chris Weidman checked a kick, is set to return to action in January against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. As he continues to work to get back to 100-percent physically, “The Spider” is finding it troubling getting to that level mentally.

“I’m having an accompaniment of a psychologist so I take the ghosts of those horrible moments (away),” said Silva, in a recent interview with Fantastico. “At the time of the workouts I get kinda worried. I know I can perform the movement, but I end up not doing (it) because of fear.”

Silva has rehabbed his way through the months after seeing his tibia and fibula snapped by the move. Many have questioned if he should even try to fight again, and Silva himself seems to be wondering that same thing.

“I’ve been through that thing to be the champion, you have the belt and such,” he said. “The truth is that Ayrton Senna will only have a Pele will only have one and Anderson Silva will only have one. Then, well, who saw, saw. Who has not seen, no longer sees.

“I have no more patience (for being the champion). I think every day I get closer to retiring.”

As his fighting career ends, Silva is working towards getting more involved in acting, something he wants to also do to the best of his abilities.

“I want (to be a good actor),” he said. “That is my goal. I do not pretend to be a Denzel Washington, but I hope to get close.”

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