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Dana White ‘very confident’ Gina Carano wants to fight in UFC

Gina CaranoIt has been rumored for months that Gina Carano will take a break from the big screen and return to the octagon, and UFC boss Dana White seems very optimistic that it will happen. White spoke with Heidi Androl of FOX Sports earlier this week about his meeting with Carano, and here’s what he had to say.

“Gina and I had a good meeting,” White said. “I’m very confident that she does want to come back and she does want to fight. We do not have a deal but we might [soon].”

The popular speculation has been that Carano will return to fight undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. White has steered clear of denying or confirming those rumors, but he did say that Carano wants to return for a shot at the championship belt.

“She wants to fight whoever the champion is,” White said.

Carano hasn’t fought since Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino beat her back in 2009. She is now 31, and fighting Rousey after taking several years off would be a tall order. A rematch with Cyborg seems more likely for Carano, though a fight against Rousey would bring in a ton of money and create plenty of buzz. If White wants it to happen, it will happen.

H/T Bloody Elbow

UFC wants to follow Nevada, ban TRT for all international fights

The Nevada State Athletic Commission took a huge step on Thursday when it banned testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) from combat sports, most notably MMA and boxing.

Vitor BelfortTRT has become a huge issue in MMA over the past few years as several of the UFC’s top fighters have received therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) to use testosterone as they prepare for fights. Fighters will see doctors because they have low testosterone levels and many of them have received medical approval to use testosterone, which is pretty much a legal way of them using steroids.

The issue is that many fighters have low testosterone levels because of past abuse of steroids, not because they have grave medical issues that were unavoidable. Nevada has granted exemptions to Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, Shane Roller, Todd Duffee and Forrest Griffin in the past. Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort (pictured) is currently the most notable fighter who has been using TRT; he has received exemptions for his last three fights, all of which took place in Brazil. Belfort tested positive for steroids in 2006 and was suspended for nine months.

UFC boss Dana White has not liked TRT and says the UFC will follow Nevada by banning TRT in international fights where there is no governing body. The UFC will hope other states follow Nevada and ban TRT as well.

This is an excellent step by Nevada and should help ensure more of a level playing field, especially in a combat sport where a fighter on TRT can do serious damage to an opponent. TRT has been just like a fountain of youth for old fighters, and now they will likely have to age more properly rather than apply for an exemption to use testosterone.

Dana White: Brock Lesnar wants to return to UFC

Brock Lesnar

All the rumors about Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC seem to be legitimate. Either that, or Dana White just really likes the publicity of the rumors.

TMZ caught up with UFC boss Dana White on Thursday in New York City and White said Lesnar wants to return to the UFC.

“He wants to, he wants to,” White said of Lesnar.

Brock hasn’t fought in the UFC in over two years. He beat Randy Couture at UFC 91 in 2008 to capture the heavyweight title, defended it twice, and then lost to Cain Velasquez in 2010 and Alistair Overeem on Dec. 30 2011. Lesnar had issues with diverticulitis and had surgery to remove part of his colon in 2011, and that pretty much caused him to leave the UFC.

“We’ll see what happens. [Lesnar] feels like because of his illness that he had while he was here, he wasn’t 100 percent. He’d like to take another run at it,” White said.

Lesnar has returned to WWE since leaving the UFC, but he’s open to doing both, according to White.

“He wants to do both. He’s doing well over there. When his schedule opens up, I think he’d like to fight.”

Brock said after his loss to Overeem that that was the last we’d see of him in the octagon, but White is making it seem like he could return. If I had to guess, I’d say Brock doesn’t end up returning. It sounds like he wants to, but he might realize that it’s not exactly realistic.

Dana White: Benson Henderson not automatically getting title shot

Benson HendersonDana White was not impressed by Benson Henderson’s split-decision win over Josh Thomson on Saturday night at “UFC on FOX 10.” In fact, he was so unimpressed by Henderson that he says Bendo’s performance wasn’t deserving of a title shot. Thomson, on the other hand, probably would have earned one had he been victorious.

When asked after the fight if Bendo’s performance was worthy of another title shot, White answered simply.

“No,” White said. “But, I mean, that was a Ben Henderson fight. … We’ve seen that fight a million times.

“It’s not about being more aggressive. He’s a talented fighter. He’s just one of those guys — he’s a grinder, not a finisher.”

White expressed frustration that neither Henderson nor Thomson went all out trying to finish the fight. Thomson had an excuse — he suffered a serious right hand injury in the second round — which limited his ability to throw punches. But White says that was a typical performance from Bendo, who, prior to his loss to Pettis last August, had won seven straight fights by decision.

Bendo is 0-2 in his career against Pettis, who is out until the summer after having surgery. Henderson lost to Pettis at WEC 53 in 2010 by decision and in August at UFC 154 by first-round armbar. Maybe he’s not finishing enough fights, but the guy is still really good and usually wins his bouts.

People love seeing knockouts and submissions, but should Henderson be penalized just because he’s not finishing fights? Probably not. I’m sure White will come around to giving Henderson a good fight and possible title shot when it comes down to it.

Dana White did not apologize to GSP or say he won the fight

Dana WhiteDana White denies that he called Georges St-Pierre to apologize the morning after his outburst following UFC 167 in Las Vegas.

Last week, we told you that GSP’s trainer, Kristof Midoux, told the Quebec Journal that White called GSP to apologize for going off on the decision that gave St-Pierre a controversial split-decision win over Johny Hendricks. White denied that that was the case.

“I had heard that, but no, that’s not true,” White told MMAjunkie. “I have not watched the fight yet.”

Not only did White say that the report was not true, but he also took a shot at Midoux while saying he never even re-watched the fight.

“I have not watched the fight,” White told MMA Junkie. “I still haven’t watched the fight. This guy’s like one of the new Kardashian sisters. This guy pops up out of nowhere, and now he’s everywhere.”

Now it comes down to whom do you believe? Do you believe what Midoux said or White? Did Midoux make something up? Was his interview lost in translation? Is White not being truthful? I seriously have no idea what’s going on here, but I still know that it was one controversial decision. I also think White had an unnecessarily harsh reaction to the UFC 167 decision.

Dana White apologized to GSP, admitted he won the fight

Georges St-Pierre UFC 167After calming down from his hissy fit, Dana White called Georges St-Pierre to apologize for ripping the champion and admitted to the Canadian fighter that he indeed beat Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 two weeks ago.

GSP’s trainer, Kristof Midoux, conducted an interview with the Quebec Journal recently and told them White called St-Pierre the morning after the fight to apologize.

“Few people know it, but the next morning he (White) called George and told him ‘I’m sorry, I watched the fight again and you have indeed won. I spoke under the influence of emotion,’” Midoux told The Journal.

“George told him he did not worry, he understood. He owes nothing to anyone, he fought all his life. ”

Though GSP took the apology well, Midoux is not satisfied. He says if he were GSP, he’d ask White to make a public apology. Midoux also says he wants Hendricks drug tested.

You may recall that White reacted so poorly to the GSP-Hendricks decision that he ripped the Nevada State Athletic Commission a new one and caused outraged among fans.

Did White apologize to GSP as lip service to get back in the good graces of his star fighter? Or did he do that because he genuinely believes St-Pierre won? If he really believed St-Pierre won after re-watching the fight, he should say so publicly to set the record straight.

H/T Low Kick MMA

Dana White: Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks are on track for a rematch

Georges St-PierreWith the way Dana White felt about the judges’ decision to award Georges St-Pierre a split-decision win over Johny Hendricks on Saturday night, you can understand why he is anxious to schedule a rematch. On Monday, White said he expects that rematch to come sooner rather than later.

“As far as a rematch, we’re on schedule and I’ll have a date within a couple weeks,” White said, via the LA Times. “I feel confident that Georges is fine with that and all is on track.”

White’s comments came after a TMZ report claimed that St-Pierre will be taking a break from fighting to deal with an unplanned pregnancy and the illness of his father. Despite the fact that St-Pierre said after Saturday’s fight that he needs time off to deal with personal issues that are driving him “crazy,” White insisted that the welterweight champion was simply “in a rage” and will not be going on hiatus.

White did not name a specific date for the rematch but said UFC’s Memorial Day Weekend card in Las Vegas is a possibility.

Over the weekend, White ripped the Nevada State Athletic Commission over their scoring of the St-Pierre-Hendricks fight. He felt that Hendricks clearly won the fight and does not want his sport to be accused of fixing the way boxing has been. Again, that likely has a lot to do with why White is in such a rush to get the wheels in motion for a rematch.