The UFC President, Dana White held a media luncheon with several MMA reporters at the UFC headquarters today. White answered several questions about some of the hottest topics pertaining to the UFC.
Here are some of the highlights
Dana White on Conor McGregor
White was asked the status of UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor and when he would fight again.
Right now we need to figure out a new deal for him
White would go on to speculate that we might never see McGregor inside the UFC octagon again
He may never fight again. Try getting up in the morning with $100 million in the bank and getting punched in the face everday.
Dana White on Ronda Rousey
White was asked if Ronda Rousey will ever fight in MMA again. White stated that Rousey is not retired but does not want to see her fight again.
She’s achieved everything she wanted to do, she made a (expletive) load of money and now wants to actually have a life. She has not retired. USADA is still popping up at her house testing her. She refuses to retire. She’s not ready to say ‘I quit.’ She’s not ready to say, ‘I’m done,’ for whatever reason. She doesn’t tick like everybody else ticks. We found that out over the years.
Dana White on Georges St. Pierre Defending Middleweight Title
White was asked if he thinks Georges St. Pierre will defend his middleweight title.
“It’s the agreement we had”
Dana White on Tyron Woodley vs Nate Diaz
White was asked about the rumored fight between Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz at UFC 217
There was no offer to Nate to fight Woodley.
He would go on to blame it on a “lawyer that went off the reservation”. He followed up by claiming that Nate Diaz doesn’t want to fight.
Nate Diaz has turned down a fight with everyone on the roster. We’ve been offering him fights for a year and a half.
Dana White on Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk Rematch
White responded to a question if Joanna Jedrzejczyk would get an immediate rematch against Rose Namajunas for the women’s strawweight title.
I don’t know yet, but it makes sense. It’s a good fight for Rose and a good fight for Joanna. We’ll see
Dana White on Volkan Oezdemir
White was forced to address the news that Volkan Oezdemir was arrested due to assaulting a person at a bar. With the rumors that he will headline UFC 220 against Daniel Cormier, White was asked if Oezdemir would forfeit his shot at Cormier due to the arrest.
He’s probably still going to fight
Dana White on CM Punk
White was forced to address the topic of former professional wrestler Phil “CM Punk” Brooks fighting in the UFC again He never answered the question but sad the rest.
CM Punk is coming to Detroit and wants to talk to me. I love the guy. We’ll see what he’s doing.
Dana White on Ben Askren
Lastly, White was asked if recently retired undefeated fighter Ben Askren would ever fight in the UFC.
Is that guy still around?