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SBD/November 21, 2011/Media
Published November 21, 2011
BRUTAL ON THE EYES: UFC President Dana White said that while the league's "hardcore fan base" saw Saturday's Dan Henderson-Mauricio "Shogun" Rua fight as "potentially one of the best in mixed martial arts history, the mainstream viewers might have been turned off by the pure brutality of the 25-minute main event." White said, "Those of us who are in this room, and people who have been watching this for a long time, just incredibly appreciate what those two did in there, and you can understand what they went through and what's going on. The rest of the world would go, 'Oh my God. What was that?'" White said that "part of transitioning into mainstream with the network television deal is easing new viewers into the sport" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/20).
NEW MAN IN TOWN: New San Diego Union-Tribune Owner Doug Manchester has named John Lynch President & CEO, and Lynch said that he wants the paper "to be pro-business" and for the "sports page to be pro-Chargers stadium." Lynch said that he wants the sports page "to be an advocate for a new football stadium 'and call out those who don’t as obstructionists.' Lynch: “We’d like to be a cheerleader for all that’s good about San Diego. Our motivation, both of us, was to do something good for San Diego” (VOICEOFSANDIEGO.org, 11/17).