Recap of the UFC 75 conference call with some comments from me.
I'll be honest, my expectations for the UFC signing Fedor are pretty low. Word is they've offered him by far the most lucrative contract and the deal is being held up because Fedor wants deals for other Red Devil Sport Club guys, he wants to fight Sambo in Russia, and always wants to promote MMA stuff in Russia. Just sign already man....- Sept. 5 is open workouts for UFC 75, the press conference is Sept. 6 at noon, the weigh-ins are Sept. 7, and the event is Sept. 8. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. local time. The undercard starts at 6 p.m., and the main card starts at 8 p.m.
- White said that he’s been meeting with Fedor’s people for months and that he hopes to have an announcement soon, but he seemed to downplay a report that said a deal could be reached today.
Yea, I think it'll be a great fight, possible fight of the year candidate. Hendo is an Olympic wrestler but for whatever reason loves to keep the fight standing. I wonder if he'll employ that same exact strategy.- Henderson said that he needs to watch out for Jackson’s knockout power and that fans should expect a war.
I'm really glad this fight is going down since it was pretty much going to happen on the show. I liked TUF 3, thought it was a solid season, the only problem was the amount of replacements.Bisping said that there’s not really bad blood between him and Hamill, but that he’s not definitely “not keen on the guy.” Hamill is participating in the call through an interpreter.
Cool, but I expect to see about 400 commercials in between rounds. But we can't really complain about free MMA can we!
White said that UFC 75 is on cable TV because he doesn’t want to be like boxing where only the good fights are available at a cost on pay-per-view. He specifically mentioned ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” as a model to showcase some top UFC talent.
DUH- White said he “fu*ked up” by showing UFC 72 live on pay-per-view during the afternoon because people tuned in later that night expecting to see the event. (The event took place in Northern Ireland.)
I kinda doubt that the fight will go 5 rounds. Hendo pushes the pace and both guys have too much power for the fight to last that long. If the fight goes to the ground, I don't think it'll last that long for whoever is on the bottom. Rampage isn't great off his back and Hendo has good top game. Meanwhile if Hendo is on his back then something went really really wrong for him! Either 'Page slammed him or knocked him down. Hendo's wrestling background will help him get to his feet but Rampage is so big, wouldn't want to be on the bottom with that guy raining down punches and elbows.- Henderson said that Jackson is going to be tough all-around and that he expects to go the full 25 minutes for the fight. He said he understand Jackson is explosive and a little bit bigger than him. Someone talked over Jackson, but I think he said he’s a whole lot “prettier” than Henderson too.
Whatever happens to Hendo, I hope his next fight is the winner of Silva-Franklin. I'm not to thrilled about Terry Martin possibly being the #1 contender at MW. If Anderson wins, I think Dana HAS to make a Silva-Hendo fight. If Franklin wins, they could sell a rematch I think since each guy will have won one.- Henderson said he hasn’t thought much about what weight class to fight in after this fight. He said he’s only thought about his upcoming fight but that he doesn’t like fighting bigger guys.
Dana has a point here. What if Babalu had Heath in an arm bar and he held it long enough to break his arm. Not smart Babalu...- White said that Babalu has been cut from his contract because of the episode this past weekend at UFC 74. He said if Babalu had held onto a leg or arm — rather than a choke — extra long that the results could have been a lot worse.
Good, I explained my scenario up top. I'm a big Franklin fan so I hope he wins and we just see a rubber match, but I'm going to be honest. I don't like Ace's chances.- White said that win or lose, Henderson will be considered one of the top one or two contenders in the middleweight division. He said that he won’t know if he’ll get an immediate title shot with Anderson Silva or Rich Franklin until they have a better idea of the landscape of the division.
Sign Gomi... Seems pretty simple! Who wouldn't want to see Penn-Gomi II in the UFC! That could headline a PPV card for me.- White said that he has “no clue” what he’s going to do with the lightweight division if Sherk’s appeal is denied.
Ever since Rampage has hooked up with Juanito, it seems like he's a better prepared fighter and he's not just raw talent. He's got some solid technique.- Jackson said his life hasn’t changed much since winning the title because he’s been so wrapped up in training. He said training in Big Bear was excellent and that he and Bisping were “whoopin’ some ass up there.” He said he was in good shape after the Liddell fight so he was able to start full training immediately.
Hmmmm, smart move going to England and adjusting to the time. You also have to adjust to the food and stuff as well.- Jackson said the time difference in London won’t be a big problem because he’s already been in England for two weeks. He said he’s taking the fight more seriously than any other one of his career.
The other side is it could be a huge distraction. Anyways he's already fought on the big stage in England for the UFC so it shoudn't be a big deal.- Bisping said there’s a benefit fighting in his home country because he has his whole support system there with him.
Hmmm, don't know about that. Bisping has shown some pretty solid JJ from his back. I'd be worried about that, Bisping also has excellent top game. Not sure if he'll be able to control Hamill on the ground though.- Hamill said he doesn’t have too much concern for Bisping other than his kicks.
Kinda sucks that there will most likely be no more Grand Prix tournament type things. Oh well though.- White said he doesn’t know what the future of PRIDE will be and that it’s far more complicated than anyone realizes. He called it a “nightmare” and said it went out of business for a reason. He said he’s trying to get the PRIDE fighters fights now until they get the company all figured out. As far as the future of PRIDE coming back someday, White said Japan is a complicated place to do business and that he now knows that better than ever.
Doesn't he always say this **** about every season?- White said that the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is just as good, if not better, than last year’s.
This is what I've been kinda speculating about. I would love to see Cro-Cop Nog II. Hope it happens on that December card.- Couture’s next opponent is not yet known. White said there’s a lot of competition, and since he doesn’t fight until early 2008, there’s always a chance that Fedor gets the fight. He said Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will probably fight before the end of the year, and that he or his opponent could fight Couture.
lol- White said he doesn’t “give a *****” what Josh Barnett says about anything, including his recent comments about Couture being a paper champion.
Shogun, especially if he destroys Forrest like I think he will.- White said he doesn’t know who the winner of Jackson/Henderson will fight next.
I like Kang, he would bring a much needed talent boost to 185.
- White said he’s spoken to Denis Kang but that he’s not one of the biggest fighters to come out of PRIDE.