UFC FIGHT NIGHT 150 POST-FIGHT PRESSER NEWS AND NOTES
UFC president Dana White talked to reporters following UFC Fight Night 150 and answered their questions. Here’s what the boss guy had to say in response to the MMA media’s questions:
The incentive for”Fight of the Night” moved to Mike Perry vs. Alex Oliveira, while”Performance of the Night” bonuses moved to veterans Glover Teixeira and Jim Miller. White confessed handing out FOTN was a difficult choice considering how great the primary event between Jack Hermansson and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza was, but ultimately said he and the matchmakers reached a unanimous choice to give the bonus to Perry and Oliveira.
White reported the UFC booked Hermansson against Souza because they think he’s gifted, and said he was impressed by the fact”The Joker” was willing to go to the floor with Souza. He explained he was impressed by the toughness in the matchup of Souza, but he didn’t get the win.
Hermansson’s win puts him at the name combination at 185lbs, but not until UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya try to merge the belt later this year. It is reasonable to say that Hermansson will need at least more high-value triumph before he fights to get the middleweight belt.
White said he wasn’t a lover of this co-main event between Dmitry Smoliakov and Greg Hardy. He said the UFC doesn’t do set-up fights, regardless of what fans and press were saying on the internet about this particular fight, but said he had been very disappointed in Smoliakov’s functionality. He’d add that Hardy arrived in good shape for the struggle and did his job by getting the win, but White was quite critical of Smoliakov’s cushioned 9-2 record coming into the fight.
The timing of the NFL draft didn’t have a thing related to Hardy being on the crowed. It was since it was in Florida and Hardy trains at American Top Team, based on White.
The UFC was pleased with the attendance and gate and strategies on coming back to Florida at some stage.
White said the UFC will Mexico and Puerto Rico. The business is looking at land and is laying out a business plan for both countries. The UFC is trying to”kickstart the market” by building a performance institute in Puerto Rico, to give jobs to people impacted by the hurricanes.
White blamed American Top Team proprietor Dan Lambert for spending money to develop the Florida regional MMA scene.
White said he had been impressed by Perry’s functionality, and praised how he stayed composed against Oliveira even if he had been hurt. The UFC is quite high on Perry and this triumph over Oliveira will push him into the top-15.
The UFC was designed to meet with Conor McGregor in Miami, but will rather meet with him in Los Angeles soon.
Tony Ferguson has no return date set but White said he would like to book as soon as he is cleared to fight.
White said the UFC’s choice to visit either Miami or Ft. Lauderdale next time they head to Florida will rely on who fights on the card.
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