MMA Dana White on Babalu's return, splitting classes between UFC & WEC, Kid vs. Faber...

Discussion in 'OT Bar' started by Atmosphere, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2008/04/22/random-notes-dana-white-on-a-number-of-different-topics/

    There was an article posted on the Canadian section of Yahoo! sports on Saturday about UFC president, Dana White. White provided nuggets of information about a variety of different topics.

    The part I found the most interesting was when White was asked about if there were plans for the UFC to install a featherweight division (145 lbs.).

    From Yahoo!:

    White says the UFC has no plans to introduce a 145-pound weight class. “That’s why we bought the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting).”

    In fact, he said they are going to take steps to make the two circuits more distinct.

    “We’re going to make the WEC the smaller weights and the UFC will be the heavier weights. We’ll probably take some of the guys in the higher weights, the champions over there and bring them into UFC. We’re still trying to figure that out.”

    WEC features 135-(bantamweight) and 145-pound (featherweight) weight classes as well as 155, 170, 185 and 205. The UFC has 155, 170, 185, 205 and heavyweight.

    Make of that what you will, but I’ve always thought it was pointless for the WEC to have a 205 lbs. weight class and from what I gather from White’s comments it seems like they are about to eradicate that weight class. I don’t know if that applies to middleweight as well but currently the WEC’s middleweight division really only features Paulo Filho, Chael Sonnen and to a lesser extent, Bryan Baker.

    White also covered a number of topics which were lumped in at the bottom of the article. The information is fairly cluttered so I’ll try and lay it out in easy to read dot points.

    The UFC is still in negotiations with former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski

    White says former light-heavyweight title challenger, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral will be welcomed back to the UFC provided he gets a few “quality wins under his belt”.

    White dismissed the idea of a women’s division, saying their aren’t enough elite female fighters out there.

    White said he’d love to see a fight between Urijah Faber and Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, but the Japanese fighters comes with a big price tag.

    White said he blocked UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva from meeting boxer Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match because Silva is not a boxer. “I’ll put him against Anderson Silva if he wants to fight MMA. Anderson Silva is not a boxer. Boxing is not what we do.”
     
  2. phuree

    phuree New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Good stuff.
     
  3. Optamix

    Optamix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2004
    Messages:
    7,880
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alabama
    Frilly toothpicks?

    I'm for it.
     
  4. SCirone

    SCirone Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2004
    Messages:
    51,553
    Likes Received:
    239
    Location:
    ATX
    What if I like alfalfa sprouts on my sandwich?
     
  5. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    22,489
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    rain street
    i'm surprised he is letting babalu come back after he talked shit on the UFC.
     
  6. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    the division needs him

    kinda sorta :o
     
  7. Optamix

    Optamix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2004
    Messages:
    7,880
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alabama
    Babalu might give Anderson a run for his money.

    I like your thinking faggot.
     
  8. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    needs more gatekeepers :o

    also, there aren't any LHW with babalu's wrestling/grappling pedigree in the UFC...that i can think of anyway
     
  9. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    22,489
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    rain street
    oddly enough it does. look at the position we're in now, chuck has to retire soon, rashad has gotta drop down, tito is leaving, Houston might have fizzled, irvin cant stay healthy, babalu would be a good addition.

    but yes, they need to work on 185 much more.
     
  10. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    hard to say where the division is heading in the near future. it's a huge scramble at this point

    there's also shogun, but hopefully he gets his act together
     
  11. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    there have been talks about them dropping. there are good LHWs no doubt, but there is still a lot in the air at the moment
     
  12. GreatDeceiver

    GreatDeceiver OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2005
    Messages:
    28,278
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cleveland/Chicago
    Hmm, I thought AA is supposed to be on that Fedor v Sylvia card? Unless that's bs I can't imagine the UFC taking any of the guys associated with that card/org/whatever it is.
     
  13. Optamix

    Optamix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2004
    Messages:
    7,880
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alabama
    The next person that fights Houston needs to wear a superman suit to the ring.
    It would be epic.
     
  14. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    i'm just saying that the dust hasn't settled in the division, and the future isn't very clear


    and as i stated before, there isn't anybody in the UFC LHW div with Babalu's wrestling/grappling pedigree, so i think the division is better with him
     
  15. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    Tito's out the door

    i'm talking about the combination of wrestling and subs. lots of fighters have either wrestling or submissions, but not necessarily both. IMO, i think that Babalu is a welcome (re)addition to the mix, albeit he probably won't be a title contender
     
  16. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    yeah, he'd be a good addition to the MWs, but i don't imagine that he would cut that much weight
     
  17. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    22,489
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    rain street
    point was, how many are available to fight right now?
     
  18. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    22,489
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    rain street
    there's a reason for that
     
  19. Phill A. Peno

    Phill A. Peno It's Filipino, stupid. OTTC, Cycling Crew, WRX Cr OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2004
    Messages:
    7,581
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Jersey City, NJ
    Didn't White say Babalu would never be back 'cause of what he did? I'm to lazt to search...
     
  20. Gary Busey

    Gary Busey Guest

    fuck dana. rly.
     
  21. f-g

    f-g OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    5,106
    Likes Received:
    0
    faber > kid
     
  22. PlutoBHG

    PlutoBHG New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2005
    Messages:
    5,628
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Somewhere out there (Houston=home)
    im glad, i like watching babalu fight...except for his fight against lidell...that was a short UFC party night
     
  23. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    22,489
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    rain street
    nope
     
  24. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2002
    Messages:
    111,611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    lollyfornia
    wow, i'm surprised there isn't more commotion about possibly sending the lighter weight classes to the WEC and heavier fighters to the UFC
     
  25. teep

    teep New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,660
    Likes Received:
    0
    i think he said 155 would still be part of UFC. so there would still be sherk, penn, etc. It's just that they have no plans of introducing 145 and lighter to the UFC. that's reserved for WEC
     

Share This Page