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Mike Swick finds himself in something of a unique situation as he prepares to make his comeback at UFC 189. He has been on the roster for an entire decade and competed inside the Octagon no fewer than 14...
Former champion Johny Hendricks is ready to get that welterweight title back.
And he'll attend UFC 189 on July 11 to...
UFC informs Donald Cerrone that he's next for a title shot, and he'll have to wait on Rafael dos Anj
It might be an excruciating summer for Donald Cerrone, but the UFC is asking him to sit tight and wait.
On Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight it was reported that Cerrone has been informed...
One week after Jose Aldo gave a very detailed and angry interview about how dissatisfied he was with the new UFC and Reebok deal, his coach and head of the Nova Uniao gym, Andre Pederneiras, had some pretty surprising counterpoints, which he revealed to Portal do Vale Tudo.
While Aldo suggested all fighters should get together to fight the new deal in order not to lose their sponsorship money, especially the newcomers who earn less than everybody else, Pederneiras defended the business aspect of the agreement. He also believes whoever is unhappy with the deal should leave the UFC.
"The UFC is a private company. It's like my gym, it's mine and no one should say anything about it. If I come up with a rule that must be followed by everybody, whoever is unhappy should say ‘I don't like to work under those conditions and I'm leaving'. Cool, that's their right. But if they want to work for me, they need to accept the rule. Unfortunately, not all rules will benefit everybody. They must understand the UFC makes rules for the well-being of the company. If the UFC goes bankrupt tomorrow, not a single fighter will hand Dana White and the Fertittas money from their pockets to pay their bills. Here's what I think, if you're there, you must subject yourself to the rules. Whoever doesn't want to, should leave."
Pederneiras' also disagrees with the potential fighter's union, which was also brought up by Jose Aldo last week. For him, fighters just don't understand how a company works.
"Now, fighters wanting to get together and start a rebellion against the UFC, I don't think that's the way to go. Everyone who owns a company will agree with me. Sometimes employees don't understand, but an owner must know what's best for his business, which is what the UFC is doing and it's something I have done many times."
LINK: Pederneiras defends Reebok deal, calls potential union a 'rebellion' against the UFC - Bloody Elbow
Ben Rothwell's evening at UFC Fight Night 68 could scarcely have gone better.
The heavyweight contender turned heads with a Darth Vader-like walkout; dazzled in the Octagon with a quick submission of Matt Mitrione; then delivered a post-fight interview which had set the Twitterverse abuzz.
Just one problem: The UFC's brass took the night off, and Big Ben's having trouble getting in touch.
"I felt gypped," Rothwell said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "Dana White wasn't there, Joe Silva wasn't there, I felt gypped. Joe Rogan wasn't there. These fights were a big deal, and the three stars of the UFC weren't even there. I kind of felt gypped."
What turned out to be an epic evening of fights in the Big Easy was done without Rothwell's boss in the house.
"I just wanna talk to him," Rothwell said. "I talked to Joe Silva, and Joe Silva said it's even hard for him to talk to Dana White. Dana White is a bigger star than all of us, I don't think he has time for us. I don't think he even watches UFC. It's funny."
And what would Rothwell say if he got White's ear? Well, for one thing, Rothwell's made it clear he wants a fight with Andrei Arlosvki, which would be a rematch of a wild Affliction brawl won by Arlovski in 2008.
But in the near term, Rothwell wants to be a part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas next month.
"I want to talk to Dana White because I want to be at the UFC Fan Expo. I'm looking at the list and seeing these people and I don't even know who they are. You've got the champions coming, you've got the veterans, Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell, awesome. Then there's a group of people who are signing and I don't even know who they are. Really? I want to be there for the fans. They're trying to get autographs.
Link to full story: Ben Rothwell tries to get Dana White's attention: 'UFC kind of doesn't give a s--- about me' - MMA Fighting
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