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SBD/November 6, 2014/SMT Conference
Dana White Not Worried About Declining UFC PPV Numbers, Talks Up Global Strategy
Published November 6, 2014
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* On women’s fighting and Ronda Rousey: “I never saw a day where the women would get to a level that they could fight in the UFC, and, man, was I wrong. I am so blown away and impressed by these women fighters. Ronda Rousey has changed women’s sports. ... It’s unbelievable what a huge talent she is, what an amazing superstar she has become for us and how she has just changed the face of women’s sports.”
* On competing MMA leagues: “There’s always going to be other people out there and we need those people to exist. Not everybody can fight in the UFC. There has to be a place where younger talent can go and make money, build their records and then someday end up in the UFC. It’s definitely not a bad thing.”
* On buying Bellator: “There’s just no value there. ... If they called me today and they wanted me to do a deal with those guys, there’s literally no contracts over there that I would be interested in.”
* On domestic violence: “We screen people for ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and if you’ve ever had a domestic violence, you can’t get on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Since this whole thing happened, we’re beefing up our policies with putting your hands on a woman. ... [The] Ray Rice thing, as horrible as it was, is actually turning out to be a very positive thing because a lot of these leagues are really looking into this and trying to make a difference.”