By billy hull
Two biggest things coming out of the press conference. 1) Don’t count on the UFC anytime soon. Dana White said in an interview after the presser that Hawaii isn’t on his radar during the economy. “Two years ago, if it wasn’t for that ridiculous tax (the DCCA) had, we would have been there in 5 seconds.” Now he says the economy is too weak and the cost of flying out all the production stuff to Hawaii is too much.
2) Dana White and BJ Penn are not on speaking terms. White is upset over some comments made in Penn’s recent book, but it didn’t keep him from giving Penn a rematch for the belt.
Quick tip for anyone vacationing to Boston. Don’t take back-to-back 5+ hour flights to Boston just to arrive at 6:30 in the morning and then have to wait another 7 hours before checking in to your hotel.
Very long day yesterday, plus the weather here isn’t good. I tried to make it to Fenway for the Red Sox/Mariners game, but it got rained out. Heading over there now to talk to Saint Louis alum Brandon League of the Seattle Mariners.
Then it’s off to the UFC 118 press conference, which will be shown LIVE in the video player above at 9 a.m. Hawaii time.
Got word that StrikeForce fighter Miesha Tate is in town vacationing following her tournament win a couple of weeks ago. Also, women’s welterweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos will be in Hawaii for a couple of upcoming appearances.
In a TV interview with ESPN, UFC President Dana White said the company is leaning toward a rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Vitor Belfort is also waiting in the wings for a title shot. Also, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is on track for a mid-spring, early-summer return to defend his light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans.
Looking for stuff to read, here’s Sherdog’s story breaking down the main card of UFC 118.
The Vancouver Sun also has a story on Penn.