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Dana White Says Five-Round UFC Main Event Non-Title Bouts Could be on the Horizon and that He Would Sign Overeem if He Could

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMADigest)

Dana White was in Toronto yesterday with a handful of the fighters from the UFC 129 card and although he didn’t drop any remarkable news during the press conference, a few interesting tidbits came out during the fan Q&A session they did at Rogers Centre.

First off, the Baldfather said that the UFC is working towards making all main event non-title bouts five rounds. I’m not sure the commissions will go for the idea considering the Unified Rules clearly state that only championship bouts can be five rounds. It would be awesome if they could get it done — unless of course it’s a Fight Night card main event, then it might be painful.

Strikeforce tried and failed to make all of the heavyweight tournament bouts five rounds, but I’m guessing the conversation went something like this:

“Hey guys, it’s Scott Coker. Do you think we could make the tournament bouts five rounds? I have to put the request in writing? Forget it. We’ll just do three rounds.”

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMADigest)

The Dana also mentioned that he likes Alistair Overeem and that he would sign him if he could, which means that “The Demolition Man” is likely UFC-bound when his contract expires.

It’s curious to note that Dana has repeatedly said that any fighter under UFC contract will not be allowed to compete in other sports like kickboxing and sambo — which is reportedly the main reason why Fedor Emelianenko did not sign with the Vegas-based promotion. Maybe this is the reason why he “can’t” sign Alistair, since the K-1 and DREAM champ likely won’t give up competing outside of MMA.

By saying he likes Overeem and that he hates giving his opinion of him, he means that he hates calling him overrated and a can crusher like he has in the past, which points to the fact that he’s likely trying to land the Strikeforce heavyweight champ.

Historically Dana’s MO has been as follows:

1. Inflate the calibre of a fighter he is trying to land in media interviews. i.e. “He is one of the greatest fighters to ever walk the planet and is highly underrated.”

2. Proclaim that the UFC will sign said fighter, guaranteed.

3. Blame the fighter’s management for the fighter not signing or re-signing. i.e. Fedor and the Crazy Russians,  Randy and his douchebag hollywood agent.

4. Bash the fighter when the deal falls through and say that the fighter was overrated and pretty much terrible anyway.

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grillalives- February 10, 2011 at 12:47 am
Signing Overeem would be rad for the UFC id like to see how Randy would deal with him, so many good fights
sally- February 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm
damn it sally!