Posted by Aaron Rift on 04/24/2006 at 02:54 PM
UFC president Dana White recently did an interview with the Carmichael Dave radio show out of Sacremento, California. White let a number of juicy newsworthy items out of the bag, and here's a brief breakdown of them:
-Tito Ortiz pulled out of his scheduled rematch with Ken Shamrock immediately after the Forrest Griffin fight. Dana never gave a reason, but said "it's always something with him" referring to Ortiz's antics when it comes to matchmaking. It's more than likely related to Tito's injuries, but that was never even mentioned by the UFC president.
-Forrest Griffin got wind of the above news, and called Dana White and personally requested the fight against Ken Shamrock and got it. Dana White confirmed the fight is a go for the UFC 61 show on July 8 at the Mandalay Bay.
-The main-event of UFC 61 will be Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski III, for Sylvia's UFC Heavyweight championship.
-Dana White personally scored the Ortiz-Griffin fight 29-28 for Griffin, and even went as far as to say the judge who gave it to Ortiz 30-27 should never judge another fight.
-Dana also disagreed with the controversial Keith Jardine vs. Stephan Bonnar decision from Ultimate Fight Night 4 on Spike TV, saying he thought Jardine won the fight.
-The UFC president said he isn't sure if Frank Shamrock will ever fight for the company again despite his recent full-time return to mixed-martial arts, claiming he's another one of the guys like Tito Ortiz who he just doesn't mesh well with in negotiations.
-Dana said Diego Sanchez suffered some type of virus from eating sushi. Said he cuts from 185 lbs. to get down to the 170 lb. weight-class and fight, and prior to UFC 58 - Sanchez was down below 160 lbs. Sanchez is better now, and will be fighting again soon. Dana never confirmed the story we broke here at MMANews.com regarding the Diego Sanchez vs. John Alessio fight being rescheduled for UFC 60 in May. So that is still a rumor at this point until otherwise confirmed.
-Dana never mentioned the signing of Anderson Silva, so that was likely a decision made just after his victory over UFC veteran Tony Fryklund at Cage Rage in England this weekend. The UFC website even mentioned the Fryklund victory in their initial report on the signing of Anderson Silva to the company.
-Dana White claims the UFC will in some shape or form be on the HBO channel in the future.
-The UFC is looking to put together a Lightweight (155 lb.) title fight in the very near future, to establish a champion in the division.