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October 23, 2008

Dana White on EliteXC and more

Dana White’s comments on the demise of ProElite are fairly predictable. Impact Wrestling is one of several sites that have transcribed White’s comments from his video blog. Basically, it’s a lot of F-bombs and insults -- classic Dana White.

Really though, I’m OK with it. EliteXC was considered a rival of the UFC by people who don’t know any better, especially since EXC scored the first prime-time network TV deal. I don’t doubt that EXC did some serious damage to the sport in the eyes of first-time fans, so White should be able to take some glee in the promotion’s demise.

As for the casual fan, it’s tough to know how to feel about it. One on hand, the Kimbo Slice debacle is over. On the other hand, competition is always a good thing, so hopefully Affliction can become stronger from this. Really though, no one is in a position to compete with the UFC and I don’t think anyone will be for a while.

* Another interesting read -- predicts where EliteXC’s top stars will end up.

* A brief Newsday post about why the UFC should sign Kimbo Slice. It makes very little sense and it will never happen, but they get points for trying.

* An interesting read on Dana White from the Chicago Sun-Times. White’s work ethic is incredible, everyone knows that, but you get a better gauge for just how much work he puts in when you see this quote in the piece.

‘‘Every day I’m home [in Las Vegas], I take my kids to school,’’ White said. ‘‘I’m in the office by 8:30. I get a workout in and head up into the office, and an early night home for me is 10.”

That is a very long day.

* And, finally, UFC 91 betting odds.

Posted by Mark Chalifoux at 11:35 AM | | Comments (1)


I am still rooting for Kimbo. He has had it rough and its only getting rougher. I think he'll pull through and be just fine. I can't wait to see how all of this mess unfolds.

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Kevin Richardson has been a fan of mixed martial arts competition ever since UFC 3, when 600-pound sumo wrestler Emmanuel Yarborough was beaten by Keith Hackney. Kevin will cover the world of MMA — in Baltimore, nationally and internationally. He plans to take readers into the locker rooms and MMA schools, where they'll hear from local fighters and trainers. If you have a news tip or suggestions for the blog, please e-mail him.


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