It has been a while, but Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White made his return to MMAWeekly Radio last night. He joined hosts Damon Martin & Jeff Cain to talk about not only everything UFC, but also about the sport of mixed martial arts as a whole.
Of course, one of the hottest topics in the MMA rumor mill lately has been the possible sale of Pride Fighting Championships. The hottest rumor has been that Zuffa has already locked up the purchase, while Pride USA President Ed Fishman has recently come out and said that he is ready to make every effort to purchase controlling interest in Pride and expand its presence worldwide.
White addressed the rumors, and although he would not say that UFC parent company Zuffa has purchased Pride, he did say, “If Pride is for sale, I’m interested in buying them… Pride and the UFC are the two real organizations.”
He also discussed what he might have in store for the venerable Japanese promotion if Zuffa were to take over. “If I was to buy Pride, I would probably try to run Pride as a separate promotion in Asia,” said White.
He went more in depth on the rumors surrounding Pride, what he thinks of the other promotions, including the IFL, that are attempting to gain a piece of the MMA pie, and more. Do you want to know how Randy Couture’s return came about? Or what’s next for Sean Sherk? What’s the deal with Brandon Vera? Would Dana White like to see Frank Shamrock back in the UFC? Matt Lindland? You might be surprised with his answers.
White was gracious enough to stay on the air with Damon & Jeff for an hour last night, so they talked about nearly anything and everything you might want to know about the UFC.
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As a big thank you to all of the fans that were listening in last night and for those of you who missed it, we are making a portion of the interview available here, for free in mp3 format. In this free download, you can listen to Dana White talk about his interest in buying Pride, his thoughts about others that are vying for Pride, the situation with Brandon Vera and also his thoughts on the IFL and other promotions.