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UFC Fight Night 26 Shogun / Sonnen Prefight Conference Call
Dana White kicked off the press conference by addressing a concern that many MMA fans probably didn’t even know was a concern and that is, that the FOX has yet to strike a deal with “Direct TV” and as it stands now, the card is not scheduled to be broadcast by that provider.
“Let me take this one off the table real quick before you start asking questions, because I know everyone is going to ask me about, ya know, “oh, I’ve heard they haven’t come to a deal with Direct TV and they haven’t come to a deal”, this is what these guys do, this is what FOX does, they build networks and they negotiate with these different systems and a lot of times these things go down to the wire. Am I worried about it? Not one bit. I’m not worried about it. I’m not thinkin’ about it. It’s not my concern. I have no control over this thing and it’s not what I do. So, whatever happens, happens this week and that’s it. I really have nothing else to say about that.”
To some of the questions:
Sonnen was asked for his reaction to the culinary union trying to prevent him from fighting in Boston.
“It confused me more than upset me. I didn’t know much about it…I called in. I was there to answer questions. I wasn’t asked any questions. I was on the phone for less than a minute. I was very happy that the commission saw it that way, but yeah, it was something that could have caused me a great deal of stress, had I known about it.”
Dana White for his part saw the whole episode as a tactic by the (Culinary) union to get their hands on “Stations Casino”, which, according to White, would put $10 million a year into the union’s coffers.
However, when asked about whether or not he’d have any concerns about going back to Boston, given the all of the issues he’s had, White said. “I’d be a liar to say no.
As to whether or not it’s a tougher market to do business in, Dana said “No doubt about it, it’s a great place to hang out and eat with my friends, but not a great place to put on fights.”
On the subject of Matt Brown, White thinks a win over Mike Pyle is a “big deal”.
Overeem was asked what a win means puts him in line for the winner of Velasquez / JDS.
“For me, I’m just am really focused on my own development. I was recovering from an injury; getting back on track; made a lot of changes in the camp in the perpetration and the whole process. So for me, I’m just focused on myself and for me it’s just important to get that win. I put 100% effort into that, into my preparation and it’s up to the gentlemen of the UFC to decide what they’re going to do next.”
Sonnen said of his motivation for going back to 185:
“I’m really chasing after two guys. I’m chasing after Vitor, I’m chasing after Wanderlei and Wanderlei had mentioned, right before I had made that decision that he was going back to 185. There wasn’t a whole lot of motivation other than that.”
On the issue of fighting Anderson Silva again, Sonnen stated:
“I want to fight Anderson either way, regardless of the title. I don’t accept the outcome of either of those matches. We can fight; it doesn’t have to be for a belt. I don’t always chase titles around…I want to fight Anderson whether he’s got the belt or not. I’d like to fight him right now.”
White on the subject of a Silva / Sonnen III said it’s not something that could happen now and that, “we’ve got Vitor Belfort, we’ve got other guys that are in line for that shot.”
The whole of the interview is below, but what’s above are most of the nuggets.