UFC president Dana White hasn't always been a big fan of the sport's elite trainers.
Speaking with Setanta Sports, White made it known he isn't happy watching one of his biggest stars sit on the shelf nursing injury after injury.
"Some of the camps are still in the stone ages and need to be brought up to date," White said. "AKA is one of those places. You've got Cain Velasquez, our heavyweight champion, who's always hurt. Those guys go to war every day."
Prior to Velasquez being re-booked to face interim champion Fabrício Werdum June 13 at UFC 188, White set a deadline stating that if the champion was unfit to fight by March 2015 he could have been stripped of his title.
"He's training for a fight and he's going to war with Daniel Cormier every day," said White. "That's not how it's done. Not anymore. We need to educate a lot more."
White noted the UFC's snake-bitten 2012 and 2014 campaigns, saying he would have never believed so many main and co-main events could fall through due to injury.
"We're working on how to try to fix things like that," said White. "Obviously educating the fighters on training better, training safer. We're building a new headquarters in Las Vegas. We break ground in June and it will be done the following June in 2016. We're building a huge facility for rehab and therapy.
"Normally what we would do is say, '[Conor McGregor], you blew your ACL out. We're going to send you to the best surgeon in the country and then come back and let us know when you're ready.' No [major sports franchise] does that."
With the help of the new facility, White says the promotion will work to reduce injuries by 'controlling the uncontrollable.'
"Now we're going to take the guys in and when they have surgery, they're going to be there in our facility with the best therapists recovering," White said. "We're going to watch over them and we're going to continue to educate these guys on how to train safer. We're going to try to fix the things you normally can't control. We're going to try to control the uncontrollable."
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Johnny Jimmy.
I'll admit that I was one of the people who thought Felice Herrig would smoke Paige VanZant. I mean, Felice seemed physically stronger, had more MMA experience, and taking into account her dozens of kickboxing and Muay Thai fights, she had way more experience overall.
In her UFC debut, Felice submitted Lisa Ellis, who was also a veteran of the game and had faced some of the greatest strawweights of all time (namely, Aguilar and Fujii). Felice had also faced her own share of great fighters in Carla Esparza, Tecia Torres and Barb Honchack. All of those were losses, but it goes to show that she had a lot of experience at the highest level. Or... was that actually the highest level?
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