Dana White Says Fight Island Is About To Get Much Bigger

UFC president Dana White is confident that the company’s return to Fight Island will make a big splash in Abu Dhabi. Following a global pandemic, businesses around the world ceased operations, but the UFC and Dana White began to devise plans so t…

UFC president Dana White is confident that the company’s return to Fight Island will make a big splash in Abu Dhabi. Following a global pandemic, businesses around the world ceased operations, but the UFC and Dana White began to devise plans so that fighters could still earn during such a trying time. As a response […]

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Leon Edwards Mocks Gilbert Burns: ‘You Got Knocked Out With A Jab’

Leon EdwardsLeon Edwards is not taking crap from other welterweights in the UFC after his unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 263. Edwards heard many opinions about his performance against Diaz, but specifically, how close he came to getting finished right at the end of the fight. And in a recent interview with South […]

Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards is not taking crap from other welterweights in the UFC after his unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 263.

Edwards heard many opinions about his performance against Diaz, but specifically, how close he came to getting finished right at the end of the fight. And in a recent interview with South China Morning Post, Burns added his opinion to the mix.

When asked about Edwards’ performance at UFC 263, Burns did not hesitate to pile on.

“I think Leon Edwards lost the shot just because he didn’t get a finish. He wasn’t hungry,” Burns told SCMP. “Not even criticizing the guy. I think he fought very good. He’s a very smart fighter. But he’s not a finisher. If you go all day and sometimes just, as they say, bite the mouthpiece, and go forward, and finish the fight, sometimes you’re gonna get the shot.” (H/T BJ Penn.com)

Burns’s assessment, while it may seem harsh, does have some merit. The media asked UFC president Dana White if Edwards had finally done enough to get his title shot in the post-fight interview. White answered that Colby Covington is still next, and he was unsure when Edwards would meet Usman in the octagon.

Regardless of White’s response, Edwards has contended that he has done enough to deserve a title shot. In the weeks following his performance, he has had no problem addressing anyone that thinks to the contrary. When a link to Burns’s interview was posted on Twitter, Edwards wasted no time letting the world know what he thought of Burns’s opinion. 

Edwards is referring to the 3rd round stoppage loss dealt to Burns by UFC welterweight king Kamaru Usman. After Usman dealt Burns some vicious ground and pound, the referee stopped the fight, but it was a jab from Usman that started the fight-ending sequence. 

It is evident that there’s no love loss between these two welterweight contenders. Maybe the UFC will have these two fight each other while Edwards awaits his shot at the title.

Do you want to see Leon Edwards fight for the belt next or fight Gilbert Burns next?

Dana White Says Fight Island Isn’t Going Anywhere, Teases Expansion

Dana WhiteDana White has turned the Ultimate Fighting Championship into one of the biggest must-see entertainment outlets in sports; in the sport of MMA that continues to skyrocket in popularity every year. One of White’s most innovative ideas coincidentally came to life during the COVID-19 pandemic with the “Fight Island” proposal. White and the UFC needed […]

Dana White

Dana White has turned the Ultimate Fighting Championship into one of the biggest must-see entertainment outlets in sports; in the sport of MMA that continues to skyrocket in popularity every year.

One of White’s most innovative ideas coincidentally came to life during the COVID-19 pandemic with the “Fight Island” proposal. White and the UFC needed to find a way to host international fights during the unprecedented times, and ended up hosting 12 events during the global lockdowns in Abu Dhabi.

As the world begins to open up and take a slight turn back to normality, White is adament that Fight Island isn’t disappearing; and in fact, it’s going to be an even bigger phenomenon than over the past year.

In a recent interview with Bro Bible, White provided some insight on what fans can expect when it comes to UFC and their relations with Abu Dhabi.

“I’m flying to Abu Dhabi this summer and working on finishing building out the infrastructure of Fight Island,” White confirmed. “Not only is Fight Island not going away, but Fight Island is also going to be even bigger.”

“Fight Island is going to be so badass that it’s about to be this destination in Abu Dhabi for fight fans. This summer I’m going to announce it and walk everyone through what’s going on there. I’m super excited for that.”

When White first announced to the public early last year the plans surrounding Fight Island, many around the MMA community laughed at the idea and felt it wouldn’t work. But White and the UFC brass proved everyone wrong and surpassed expectations, including hosting mega fights such as Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2.

His comments seem to indicate that the UFC has big plans for their approach on the world stage, and Abu Dhabi seems to be a big cog in that plan.

Are you excited about Fight Island becoming bigger than previously thought?

Randy Couture Breaks Down What Should Happen For Better Fighter Pay

Randy CoutureMMA legend Randy Couture doesn’t understand why Jake Paul is the one bringing the MMA fighter pay dispute to the forefront. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Couture straight up asked the question. (H/T MMA Fighting) “Why is Jake Paul the one to step up and poke Dana and shine a light on what’s going […]

Randy Couture

MMA legend Randy Couture doesn’t understand why Jake Paul is the one bringing the MMA fighter pay dispute to the forefront.

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Couture straight up asked the question. (H/T MMA Fighting)

“Why is Jake Paul the one to step up and poke Dana and shine a light on what’s going on and the difference between our sports?”

Couture continued, “If it takes Jake Paul to run his mouth and get that done, then great. As long as it gets done. It just seems kind of crazy to me that it’s coming from there. And we as athletes in mixed martial arts can’t come together and can’t hold these promoters to a higher standard and create the transparency that we need in the sport.”

Couture has never been shy about addressing issues that plague the sport that he helped make a global phenomenon. He’s also never shied away from criticizing other fighters. He feels that one, in particular, had the opportunity to make the fighter pay issue a hot topic.

“”The guy that really had a chance to shine a light on it was Conor McGregor,” Couture explained. “He got a boxing license. As soon as he got a boxing license, he rendered his UFC contract null and void. He had the protections of the Muhammad Ali Act when he became an official boxer. With that boxing number, and he chose to bring Dana White and company back into that fight when he could have done all that on his own. Kept all that money to himself and shined a light on the problem in mixed martial arts.”

The Muhammad Ali Act, commonly referred to as the Ali Act, is a U.S. federal law passed in 2000. It halted widespread abuse (i.e., exploitation, rigging of bouts, unfair mismatches) of licensed boxers by promoters.

The law (here in its entirety) covers various aspects of the boxing business, including protection from coercive contracts, disclosure of fighter payment/contracts, and conflict of interests.  

Couture believes that either lobbying for a similar law or simply amending the Ali Act would provide MMA fighters more legal ground. But that is only part of what Couture believes will bring about change.

“I think there’s three things going on,” Couture said. “The first thing is obviously the class action lawsuit. That is the long play. It’s going to take a while to settle all of that. The affidavits are in, it’s been certified as a class. If they’re successful in proving their case, it’s going to force the biggest promotion in this sport anyways, the UFC, to do business differently. That’s the first scenario.”

“The second scenario is the MMAFA, the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association, and I’m part of that group, have been lobbying to see the Ali Act amended. Just change the definition from boxer to mixed martial arts or combative sports athlete. Then we enjoy the same transparency and restrictions on promotions and promoters that boxers have been enjoying since 1996. Now the UFC is lobbying very, very hard and spending a lot of money to keep that from being voted on. It’s gotten us tossed out of the Energy and Commerce Commission, where it was originally voted and voted in. They’re doing their thing to keep it from being a vote and being voted on.”

Lastly, Couture believes that better competition to the sports biggest promotion, the UFC, helps to level the playing field.

“The third thing is organizations like the PFL that have taken the sport and put it in a regular sports format, that are paying the athletes very well,” Couture stated. “A million-dollar purse at the end of each season with a new champion. I think that’s another avenue as well. They’re creating an athlete’s advisory board and doing some things some of the other promotions aren’t doing. I think that’s a third potential to see some change in the sport.”

“We’re obviously attracting a lot of big names and top names from the sport that want a shot at that money and want a chance to know when their fight is going to be and not have to worry about it. So I think those are all three things that are a positive change in our sport.”

Do you believe that Randy Couture has identified everything that needs to happen for fighters to see more money?

Report: Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis UFC Rematch ‘Long Shot’ for August

Dana White ‘s hopes of holding a rematch between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis for the UFC heavyweight championship this summer appear to be fading away…

Dana White ‘s hopes of holding a rematch between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis for the UFC heavyweight championship this summer appear to be fading away…