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In the Scrum: UFC on Fuel TV 7

Dana White 2013After what he deemed a “weird night” that saw the UFC shatter the live gate record at the Wembley Arena in London, which was set by Lennox Lewis and Oliver McCall almost 20 years ago, UFC President
Dana White sat down with various members of the press to discuss a variety of topics ranging from recent news to future plans. Get ready to go in the scrum.
Complete notes from the UFC on Fuel TV 7 Media Scrum:
  • Rumors of Dominick Cruz’s impending retirement have been greatly exaggerated.
  • The winner of Bisping vs. Belcher will find themselves back in the title hunt.
  • The UFC President admits to a level of naiveté about TRT exemptions, but feels that it is a way of cheating and reiterates that fighters with TUEs will be tested during their camps.
  • The UFC has been actively pursuing legalization of MMA in France for two or three years.
  • The promotion will announce the head of their Brazilian branch soon.
  • The UFC has signed a better deal with Macau on the strength of their first showing.
  • Gunnar Nelson fighting a three-round bout with Jorge Santiago is good for him.
  • UFC on Fuel TV 7 outsold Lennox Lewis vs. Oliver McCall (1994), making it the highest live get in the history of the Wembley  Arena.
  • Cris “Cyborg” was ostensibly offered a first of its kind contract that would have seen her fight for Invicta on Zuffa’s dime.
  • White points out that fighter video blogs are optional.
  • Nick Diaz has missed three UFC Countdown tapings.
  • Dana is not pleased with the current UFC rankings, hopes they improve.
  • White does not see Alistair Overeem as a disappointment, although things haven’t worked out as planned.
  • “Bigfoot” Silva deserves the title shot he received.
  • Melvin Manhoef is “on the radar”.

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