Dana White And the UFC React to the NFL’s Ray Rice Situation

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With the entire sporting world wrapped up in the sordid story of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and the videotaped assault of his wife, UFC President Dana White could have easily taken the high-road and issued a ‘no comment’ when he was recently asked to give his opinion on FOX Sports 1. But, as we all know, that’s not really Dana White’s style, so he offered up this to those in attendance:

“If Roger Goodell saw that video, knew that’s what happened, knew Ray Rice did that to his fiancee, he should just get up and leave on his own.”

What White is alluding to is the allegation that the NFL and its Commissioner Roger Goodell had access to the entire Ray Rice assault video months before it had leaked to the public. Initially the NFL had condemned Rice and issued him a 2 game suspension when a shorter, less brutal version of the video had gone viral. With the full video going public, which displays a vicious and seemingly unprovoked attack, critics of the NFL are asking why the league commissioner didn’t hand down a stiffer punishment to Rice. As it currently stands, Goodell and the NFL have suspended Rice indefinitely and are cooperating with officials in a criminal investigation.

While White’s comments may seem ironic to some (he is after all the President of the world’s largest professional fighting organization) public sentiment seems to be consistent with his line of thinking. It’s worth noting however that when the UFC’s Thiago Silva was arrested and put under investigation for threatening the life of his estranged wife, White released him from the UFC immediately, famously stating that Silva, “will never fight in the UFC again”. Of course, just a couple weeks ago after the charged were dropped against Silva, he signed a new agreement to fight in the UFC.

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Automatic Title Shot For Georges St-Pierre

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If and when legendary welterweight fighter Georges St-Pierre returns to the UFC, a chance to reclaim his former championship will be awaiting him. That is, if he wants it. In fact, UFC President Dana White has go on record saying that Georges St-Pierre can have “whatever he wants” if he were to return to the UFC. Specifically, White said,

 “It would be tough to deny that GSP comes right back and doesn’t fight for the title, you know what I mean? GSP can do whatever he wants. If he wants to come back and fight for the title, or if he wants a fight before that, he can do whatever he wants.”

While it’s no real surprise that GSP would be given a title shot upon his hypothetical return to the UFC, it is a little surprising that White would be so revealing with his “whatever he wants” statement. Although Dana White isn’t usually one to understate things, so it may be a case of hyperbole and trying to persuade St-Pierre back into the octagon.

Whatever the case, the UFC, and indeed the entire sport of mixed martial arts, would benefit hugely from the return of one of its all time biggest stars. There have been few other fighters as well-rounded and respected as Georges St-Pierre in the history of mixed martial arts. Some consider him the greatest fighter of all time and amongst the most marketable stars in the sport. To have a man like this on the outside of the sport looking in during the prime of his career is not ideal and this is not lost on Dana White. White is a smart man and a brilliant promoter, and I suspect that he’ll stay true to his word and offer St-Pierre “whatever he wants” if and when he makes his much anticipated return to the UFC.

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Stephan Bonnar Resurfaces with Bellator

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Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famer and one-half of the proclaimed “greatest fight of all time” has resurfaced in the sport signing with UFC competitor Bellator.

The 37 year old native of Hammond, Indiana has amassed a 15-8 record in MMA and is most famous for the aforementioned bout with Forest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter 1 (TUF 1) Finale. Although Bonnar lost the match to Griffin by a 29-28 decision, he was offered a contract from Dana White on the spot. Again, because Bonnar and Griffin displayed such determination in that fight, it’s often cited as the UFC’s best match.

Bonnar last fought back in October, 2012 when he lost a non-title fight to then UFC middleweight champion. Bonnar lost that fight and didn’t look good doing it, going down by TKO in the waning seconds of round one then testing positive for drostanolone weeks after the fight. While it’s unclear who Bonnar’s first opponent will be in this final leg of his career, Bonnar has already called out UFC legend and recent Bellator signee Tito Ortiz.

“I want everyone to know I’m coming out of retirement because it’s time to free the MMA world of the virus that’s known as Tito Ortiz,” Bonnar stated. “We’ve been suffering through his boring fights for too many years, and it’s about time that someone beats it out of him once and for all.”

While it remains to be seen whether Bonnar’s first opponent will in fact be Ortiz, it’s expected that Bonnar will also be lending his voice to Bellator television commentary, although the complete terms of his contract were not disclosed to the public.

Bellator President Scott Coker stated, “When you look at our light heavyweight division, with names like (Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson), Tito, (Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal), Emanuel Newton and others, there are a lot of fights Stephan can be involved in. Big fights against big names. After talking to Stephan, I know that’s what he wants, and we want to provide that to our fans.”

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Could Bethe Correia Be Ronda Rousey’s Next Fight?

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Bethe Correia has a fight coming up against Shayna Baszler at UFC 177, and the outcome of that fight could give us some insight as to what we can expect if she were to fight Ronda Rousey, whom she expressed she wants to fight soon.

She isn’t called “The Pitbull” for nothing. According to SportsWorldNews.com, she said,

I will get there. I want a title shot and I will get there by talking or fighting – or both. I want the title and nobody can stop me.

She has already beat one of the Four Horsewomen, Jessamyn Duke, and Baszler could be the second. If you’ve seen her fight, you know she’d make a pretty good opponent for Rousey. She’s fierce and fast and could really test the boundaries of Rousey’s intelligent and instinctual strategies. Also to her advantage? She’s not scared. Talking the talk is a pretty big deal and thus far, only Miesha Tate has been outspoken when preparing for a fight against Rousey. Perhaps it pays off because talking tough will put a fighter in the right mindset. You can’t go into a fight against Rousey doubting yourself or else you may as well tap out.

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