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Video: Dana Says the Winner of Velasquez-Dos Santos Will Fight the Winner of Lesnar-Overeem Next and More Tidbits


(Video courtesy of TheScore)

Strikeforce play-by-play commentator and MMA reporter Mauro Ranallo caught up with Dana White following yesterday’s UFC on FOX 1 press conference in Los Angeles and as usual, the always outspoken UFC president had a lot to say.

Check out the brass tacks of the interview below.

• White says he’s always been the promoter who wanted to bring big fights like Velasquez-dos Santos to free television

• He’s nervous about Saturday and says he just wants to get the show behind him

• He isn’t worried about Velasquez’s injury hindering his performance

• Believes Cain is the best heavyweight in the world

• Assures fans that they will still be entertained by the broadcast if the fight only lasts a few seconds because they have “plenty of stuff” planned for the event

• Says that although there won’t be a “UFC 101″ primer for new fans like Strikeforce does with those creepy skinless 3-D models, there will be plenty of storytelling and explaining during the show

• Says that the broadcast will look different then the pay-per-views and it will have a FOX feel

• Although it was FOX’s idea to only have one fight on the broadcast, Dana says he agreed with the decision

• This show isn’t even a part of the FOX deal, which goes into effect in January

• The winner of Satuday night’s main event will fight the winner of Lesnar-Overeem

• Brock will be one of the analysts on the broadcast Saturday night

• Instead of a Q&A tomorrow prior to the weigh-ins, the UFC will instead do a press conference announcing Overeem vs. Lesnar

• Silva will be facing Sonnen next since it’s the fight that makes the most sense and the one that everyone wants to see

• Says he isn’t sure if the winner of Guida-Henderson will be next in line for a shot at Edgar

• Explains that Griffin’s comments about rape being “the new missionary” were not meant as a joke, but instead as a comment on the state of the world that rape has become such commonplace in the news that it’s becoming the norm

• Says Forrest chose the wrong platform and the wrong words and that he’s “busted up” over the misunderstanding

• Fox has never asked the UFC to censor itself or tone down some of its behavior

• Says that they just need to make some smarter decisions

• Expects a decision on the future of Strikeforce in the next week, but doesn’t know what will happen

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yuntian- November 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm
speculation that Coach Outlet France could soon senior credit strategist at Bank investors are increasingly concerned
Todd M- November 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm
& O'Chan, agreed , Forrest like most of us just can't resist a good rape joke.
zhangii- November 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm
http://50.gd/1k
Ringo- November 10, 2011 at 11:42 am
@Fried LOL!!
skeletor- November 10, 2011 at 11:39 am
I heard that CP found out about Forest's rape comment when Karma email them all personally and told on him.
Fried Taco- November 10, 2011 at 11:20 am
I thought in-the-butt was the new missionary. Shows how far out of the loop I am.
omunto- November 10, 2011 at 11:19 am
I'm usually not a fan of Mauro Ranallo but I liked his interview. He jumps around a bit like a meth addict but overall I liked his work as an interviewer way more than a play by play guy.
O Chan- November 10, 2011 at 11:07 am
Calling horse-shit on the Fo-Griff Twitter explanation. I don't think he's a horrible human being, but he does have a warped sense of humor.
ThePeoplesTroll- November 10, 2011 at 10:14 am
hmm what a nail biter about strikeforce. all the talent has been drained already. Next Strikeforce event: Junie Browning vs Carson "lil juggernaut" Beebe
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