If you've been frustrated because you're one of the many UFC fans who still don't have Fuel TV, here's a video snippet of Ariel Helwani's interview with UFC president Dana White--complete with the cliffhanger question that Ariel asked Dana just as the one and a half minute video ended--to add more "fuel" to the fire.
"Special Edition 'Dana White One-on-One Part 2" video preview
Ariel, looking dapper and relaxed, asked Dana if he considered himself to be the greatest promoter of all time. That's a very interesting question. And no, it's not the cliff hanger question.
The cliff hanger question
Ariel Helwani asked Dana White whether he had ever considered leaving the UFC. The video snippet ends just as Dana is about to answer.
I think that Dana will say that he's never thought about walking away. I don't think Dana has ever seriously considered giving up his position as president and main spokesperson for the organization. He's still young--and despite having his recent health problems--he continues to keep up with major changes to events, plus creating future UFC events and reality TV shows in different countries.
What if Chael Sonnen ran the UFC?
In my opinion, the UFC isn't ready to operate without Dana White at the helm.
Unless, Chael Sonnen wants the job. I don't know whether Chael would even be interested. But one day, Dana White will retire.
Chael takes a controversial, in-your-face, my way or the highway approach to dealing with his career as a UFC fighter. He's a smart man. He's creative and has a huge fan base. He's one of the top five PayPerView draws (according to recent comments by Dana White during a press conference).
Chael is provocative and rude. He's about as close as anyone can get to being similar to DW.
But is Chael as imaginative, as resourceful or as willing to take risks the way Dana does?
I don't think so.
Does Chael have the courage to step into the big man's shoes?
By the time Dana is ready for rocking chairs and golf games, maybe the Zuffa organization will decide to have someone running the show--behind the scenes--and someone out front, like P.T. Barnum (of Barnum and Bailey's circus fame) keeping the fans entertained.
"In choosing Barnum as one of the 100 most important people of the millennium, LIFE magazine dubbed him 'the patron saint' of promoters." source
I think Chael Sonnen would make an excellent P.T. Barnum style fight promoter. I don't think he can fill the shoes of Dana White. That will take more than one person.
What do you think? Would Chael Sonnen as a fight promoter be more like boxing's Don King or P.T. Barnum?
UFC on Fuel TV
Hopefully, the good people at Fuel TV will make the interview available on Youtube for the rest of us. I'm interested in hearing Dana's answer to the question of whether he ever considered leaving the UFC.
Ariel's interview with Dana White will be shown on Tuesday, October 2nd.
"UFC Tonight" airs Tuesdays at 10:00 pm ET.
"UFC Ultimate Insider" Begins at 10:30 pm ET.
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny
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