The days leading up to a UFC event are always chock full of tidbits that are the result of virtually unfettered media access and every Tom, Dick and Harry asking everything imaginable. What are UFC president Dana White's thoughts on peace in the Middle East? Where does UFC light-heavyweight contender Mauricio "Shogun" Rua stand on the Miller Lite debate (i.e., does it taste great or is it less filling?)? If Lyoto Machida could choose to be any kind of tree, what would it be? All these questions (not really) and more are covered in today's mixed bag of Morning News Roundup!
- Here's Dana White at the UFC on FOX 4 press conference yesterday, bombarded with questions and firing back answers like a championship-level dodgeball star ducking and flinging dodgeballs. Man, what a stud.
- Dana White thinks it's getting about that time that former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes and former UFC light-heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin retire. Can't say I disagree.
"I absolutely, positively want Matt Hughes to retire," said White. "What else is there to accomplish? The guy has done everything, he's been a staple in this organization for a long time, he's been [expletive] awesome, there's nothing left to prove."
You know, they say getting old stinks, but what's worse is seeing your heroes get old and become shadows of their former selves.
- Dana White also thinks that BJ Penn will be a UFC Hall of Famer. Well, duh. Just about every fighter on Earth would kill to have a career as amazing as Penn's has been.
- Lyoto Machida would be cool with coaching a season of TUF Brazil opposite Shogun. Ha. Yeah. Just about anyone would be cool with that totally sweet gig.
- Former UFC light-heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz thinks he could've beaten Jon Jones if he were healthy. Unless in this instance the word "healthy" includes such things as cybernetic enhancements, mutant powers and psychic abilities, I'm going to have to disagree.
- The magazine Bloomberg Markets will run a piece on the Fertitta brothers (the owners of the UFC) in their September issue. Often, when mainstream media tackles something MMA-related, it's a puff-piece with very little meat, but a financial publication like Bloomberg Markets should have some worthwhile insight. Vid here, article here.
- Here are a couple video clips from Tuesday's episode of "The Ultimate Insider". One is titled "Training Day: Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida", the other is "Allied Assault: Inside Brandon Vera's MMA Palace."
That's all for now.