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Dana White vlog from UFC 175 is must-see (Video)

Dana White gave UFC fans a treat with his latest vlog.

Published to YouTube Wednesday, White’s “Dana White UFC 177 – Dillashaw vs Barao II vlog” is packed with incredible behind-the-scenes footage from UFC 175.

Matt Mitrione Stefan Struve

The video shows Matt Mitrione’s reaction to learning that Stefan Struve had to pull out of the fight because of an emergency medical condition. Fans see Struve crying in a bathroom and being comforted by Mitrione; Uriah Hall yelling in pain as he gets his dislocated toe treated; White apologizing to Ronda Rousey for her post-fight interview; and Rousey being treated for her badly injured knuckle.

It’s all pretty awesome.

Joe Rogan asked Ronda Rousey about UFC 176 and Dana White is ticked (Video)

Joe Rogan was urged by people in a production truck to ask Ronda Rousey after her victory at UFC 175 whether she would be able to fight in UFC 176 next month, and Dana White was fuming over the line of questioning.

UFC 176 is scheduled to take place on Aug. 2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and was originally set to be headlined by a rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. Aldo just pulled out of the fight with an injury, leaving a void with in the main event. Apparently someone from UFC’s production team told Rogan to ask Rousey whether she could fight on the card considering her fight Saturday only lasted 16 seconds.

Rousey, who has always billed herself as a company woman, said she would fight if needed.

“If they needed me to step up, I would do it,” Rousey said after the fight. “I would appreciate the rest, but if they really needed me to do it, they know I would do it.”

Rousey revealed that she is scheduled to undergo a procedure on her knee. She also needed several stitches to close a gash near a knuckle on her right hand (photo below), so it’s not like she will be at 100 percent health.

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Dana White banned from gambling at the Palms again

Dana-White-Gay-UFC-FightersUFC president Dana White has had an up-and-down relationship with the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas over the past two years. In October 2012, it was announced that the Palms would not be hosting “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale” after White cut ties with the hotel over a dispute with his credit line. White recently smoothed things over with the Palms after a 22-month boycott.

The reunion didn’t last.

On Sunday, White confirmed to Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Palms has decided to give him his “walking papers” because he was winning too much at the tables. White claims he “beat them for nearly $2 million” and was asked not to play anymore. When new management took the resort over in May, he was told his gaming limit was being reduced from $25,000 to $5,000 per hand.

“A lot of people are going to think I’m a card counter after that Ben Affleck thing at the Hard Rock,” White told Clarke. “I’m the farthest thing from card counter.”

White said he has heard the Palms will try to end their relationship with him on good terms by presenting him with a trophy that says something like “congrats you kicked our ass and made us tap out.” Still, he is irritated with being squeezed out because of his success.

“Casinos don’t want to gamble anymore,” White said. “They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that won’t play. Realistically, there’s only one place to play left in town. That’s Caesars. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits.”

White has been known to dine at N9ne Steakhouse at the Palms — which he may still do — and tip servers up to $10,000 on $10,000 dinner tabs. There have also been rumors that he has given card dealers roughly $200,000 in tips while winning a ton of money over the past few months.

Regardless of how much money he has taken from the Palms by gambling, it’s surprising that the resort would end its relationship with White. You’d think the exposure and luxury of hosting UFC events would more than make up for it.

H/T The Big Lead

Dana White: Cyborg looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress

Cyborg Justino

Don’t expect Ronda Rousey to be reprimanded by the UFC for calling Cyborg Justino an “it” when the boss of the company has very similar beliefs about the controversial female fighter.

Rousey, who has verbally sparred with Cyborg over the years, took matters even further during a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole. Rousey ripped Cyborg, saying that she could be the end of women’s MMA if she became champion. Rousey also criticized Cyborg for cheating and said all the steroids Cyborg have taken turned her from a woman into an “it.”

Many people felt that comment crossed the line and that the organization should discipline her for it. One MMA apparel company was so incensed over the comment that they offered $5,000 to any fighter who knocks out Rousey.

But UFC boss Dana White is on the same page as Rousey. On Thursday he defended Rousey for the namecalling and even went so far as to say that Cyborg looks like a man.

“She called her an it. [Cyborg] calls Ronda a chicken. Should Ronda be offended at being called a chicken? Grow the f–k up, everybody,” White said Thursday at a press conference in Baltimore ahead of UFC 172, via MMA Fighting.

“I said, when I saw [Justino] at the MMA Awards, she looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels. And she did, did she not? Who wants to dispute that she didn’t look like Wanderlei?” added White.

“She was walking up the stairs, jacked up on steroids beyond belief and looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels.”

Seriously, if you thought what Rousey said was bad, then what do you make of White’s comments? And with White defending Rousey — and we already know Rousey is his favorite — how can you expect any discipline?

This is just the latest example in a series of many unprofessional moments from Dana White.

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.