Archive for June 2010

Dana White – “Fedor just got beat by a guy who couldn’t cut it in the UFC”

June 28, 2010

UFC president Dana White was one of many who watched as Fedor suffered his first defeat in ten years to the heavily decorated Brazillian Jiu-Jistu practitioner Fabricio Werdum.  White who has been very vocal on his thoughts of the Russian heavyweight claimed he felt vindicated while on tour for UFC 116.

“I’ve been saying it for years, Fedor is not a top 10 heavyweight. He just got beat by a guy who couldn’t cut it in the UFC in the first round. There’s at least 10 fighters in the UFC right now who would beat Fedor even worse.”

Despite the harsh criticism White stated he would still be willing to offer the former WAMMA champion a new contract if he wishes to sign on with the UFC.

“Tell you what, if he wants to sign with the UFC now, the previous contract where I offered him an insane amount of money is off the table. I’ll give him a new contract, 20K to show and 20K to win. If he doesn’t accept it, too bad.”

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Rich Franklin “I would love to fight for the title here at 205”

June 13, 2010

Coming off a stunning KO victory over hall of famer Chuck Liddell, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin addressed questions from the press at the post-fight conference of UFC 115.  When asked where he believes he fits in the divison Franklin answered:

“If it was up to me I would love to fight for the title here at 205, thats my personal goal I’m aiming for right now but at the end of the days that’s the UFC’s call and not mine so whoever they want me to face I will. As far as I know the winner of Randy Couture vs James Toney is probably next in line for the title but I would love to compete against either one of them to determine the number one contender.”

Franklin also addressed a potential return to the middlweight class where he was once champion claiming that he was unhappy with his past performances against current middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

“There are some great fights for me at 185, a lot of well rounded guys there. I would like to face Anderson [Silva] again, simply because I know I did not perform to the best of my ability. I mean not to sound pretentious or anything but I think I’ve progressed enough skill-wise to a point where I could potentially win in that situation. I had him hurt a couple of occasions but I couldn’t close it because my KO power hadn’t really developed like it has now.”