UFC 71 post-fight press conference
The press conference was highlighted by a number of humorous comments by the new light heavyweight champ, Quinton Jackson. Here's the serious stuff:
- Dana White announced that the Zuffa takeover of PRIDE is now complete. He said the deal was finalized in the last couple of days.
- White also said that the Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva matchup now makes sense since both are coming off losses.
- White promised that UFC is working hard to bring all the best fighters over from PRIDE
- White reiterated that Chicago and New York will hopefully be UFC destinations by the end of 2008. He also said he believes an outdoor stadium event would work in Hawaii.
- White said UFC is working on an international version of The Ultimate Fighter.
- White also said that he doesn't like tournaments and that there won't be any tournaments in UFC. While he reiterated that the PRIDE situation is still a bit uncertain, there may still continue to be PRIDE tournaments since that format seems to work in Japan.
- White said UFC 71 was a sold out event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.