Speaking with Sherdog, UFC president Dana White lays out his plans for the promotion's future, with or without a few of its biggest stars. When it comes to former welterweight and middleweight champions Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, White insists moving on from two of the UFC's biggest pay-per-view draws is just business as usual.
"Back in the day, everybody was going 'what are you going to do when Chuck Liddell's gone? What are you gonna do when this guy's gone, that guy's gone.' I mean I've been hearing this for 15 years. What do we talk about behind the scenes? Nothing. We literally don't talk about anything. Georges St-Pierre said he wanted to reti-- ... He wants to go handle his stuff and take some time off. We haven't talked about Georges St-Pierre since. We haven't called Georges St-Pierre. We're letting Georges St-Pierre have his time. If Georges St-Pierre decides he wants to come back and fight, then he can come back and fight. If he doesn't ... Me and Lorenzo [Fertitta] are flying down tomorrow to [Los Angeles] to see Anderson, just to go see him, because he's been injured. If Anderson Silva never wants to fight again, that's up to him."
See the video below for more on White's plans for 2014, growth in a rough economy and global expansion.
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Questions and problems. The crew over at Bloody Elbow has some major security concerns regarding UFC's Fight Pass, namely, how the system stores users' passwords and credit card information.
Silva rehabbing with video games.
Portuguese interview with Silva. No english subtitles but still interesting.
Conor McGregor on Irish TV.
Jessica Aguilar's last vlog before her WSOF title fight this weekend.
First promo for ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS.
As some thought.
Im not waiting for a title shot Ill fight tomorrow....— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 14, 2014
More back and forth.
Michael Johnson (@FollowTheMenace) January 13, 2014
khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 13, 2014
My perception is that Bellator wants him as champ so bad not only does he get immediate rematch but gets it in... http://t.co/CCIMxHSpA6— Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus) January 13, 2014
@daniel07572909 when I see a contract I sign on the line. No matter when, no matter where, no matter who it's against. This is my job— Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus) January 14, 2014
Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 13, 2014
I'm back in that saddle can't wait to fight again, thanks @TitanFighting it's gonna be a blood bath!!— matthew riddle (@riddletuf7) January 13, 2014
I rolled with Dave once right when he was starting out. Strongest human I've ever ... touched(?) Congrats!
GSP shirt $10 cheaper?
Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) January 13, 2014
This has to be THE funniest/coolest most athletic (or luckiest) thing Ive ever seen! I'm dying!... http://t.co/WiO6ikNRGD— chad mendes (@chadmendes) January 14, 2014
Announced yesterday (Jan. 13 2014)
Renee Forte vs. Frank Trevino at UFC 171
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Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate at UFC on FOX 11
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via wolfman13.
Next Wednesday UFC Fight Night 35 will be airing on Fox Sports 1, with the main event between Luke Rockhold and Costas Philippou. Prior to that there will be 11 more fights with fighters ranging from the Top 15 of the UFC to several making their debuts under the bright lights of the UFC. This is the breakdown of the fighters and their records on the prelims.
In each record break down you will see a fighters overall record, the record of their last 5 bouts and the record they obtained fighting in the UFC or other major organization. In addition there is the winning percentage, finishing percentage and the number of (T)KO's and submissions in their records. Their stance, height and reach are all listed as well. On the far right are the significant striking accuracy, striking defense, takedown accuracy and take down defense percentages provided by Fight Metric from their websites.
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