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Dana White: Liddell-Silva Within 6 Months, HBO Deal To Be Done “Very Soon”, and More

UFC President Dana White recently completed an interview with ESPN about a variety of topics. Here are the important points White discussed in the interview:

  •  The UFC actually booked the Marlon Sims vs. Noah Thomas fight but decided afterwards it wasn’t such a good precedent to set and axed the fight. White publicly said they would never fight in the UFC although the criticism sounds a bit harsh considering how the close the fight came to becoming reality.
  • He again confirmed that the UFC Light Heavyweight and PRIDE Middleweight Championships will be unified at UFC 75 in the main event between Quinton Jackson and Dan Henderson.
  • The Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva fight sounds far from being official although White seemed confident a deal would be reached and the fight would happen in the next 6 months although a September fight seems unlikely unless the situation changes rather quickly.
  • Dana confirmed that the UFC will be holding a UFC event in New Jersey in November expected to be dubbed UFC 78 barring any other fight cards coming up between now and then. It will be a pay-per-view and is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn.
  • Stated the UFC will be working on getting MMA sanctioned in New York.
  • White didn’t complete shut the door on the idea of having Frank Shamrock fight in the UFC again although he did call him a “jackass”. Even though the door was left open this is extremely unlikely to happen.
  • White said the UFC was planning 10 PPVs for the coming year.
  • The deal to put the UFC on HBO should be done “in a matter of weeks.”
  • Fedor is expected to be signed with the UFC by the end of the year and that the UFC talks to his agens twice a day.
  • White downplayed the PRIDE vs. UFC mega-events we were expecting to see. His comments make it sound unlikely that the “Super Bowl” events will ever happen and that PRIDE is unlikely to be resurrected. Expect to see all of the PRIDE titles put on the line in the UFC against the UFC’s champions to unify them into a single championship.

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