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Dana White reportedly cuts ties with the Palms

Dana White reportedly has cut ties with the Palms hotel in Las Vegas, which could help explain why the casino/resort is not hosting “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale” in December.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, White became upset with the hotel when his credit line was cut in half about six and a half months ago. He immediately cut ties with the hotel.

The last UFC even held at the Palms was “The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale” on June 1. The Palms had a contract to host the TUF finales, but TUF 16 Finale in December will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel instead. The UFC hadn’t held an event at the Hard Rock since 2006.

Not only will the lack of UFC events hurt the Palms, but White’s absence may also be bad for business.

The Review-Journal reports that White was a huge tipper and regularly gave thousands to dealers. He also reportedly ran up thousand dollar dinner bills at a steakhouse in the casino on a regular basis and gave great tips there too. The tabs were said to be $15,000-$20,000, and that he would throw in $10,000 tips regularly.

White declined comment on the story. We figure there has to be something more to the story to explain the Palms’ decision for the move, because it would seem foolish for them to offend White for no good reason.

Dana White calls Kardashian mom the greatest promoter of all time

As someone who purchased the UFC for $2 million back in 2001 and has grown it into one of the most profitable sports organizations in the world, Dana White knows a little something about promoting. Without promoting, the UFC would not have gotten to where it is today and could never survive. So it’s fair to ask White who he considers to be the best promoter of all time. Just don’t expect a straight-forward answer.

“I think there are a lot of great promoters,” White said during an interview with Ariel Helwani for Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight earlier this week. “People know who Barnum is, Vince McMahon has been around a long time. Don King.

“Mamma Kardashian, if she isn’t the greatest promoter of all time, I don’t know who is. The show is about nothing and her daughters are some of the most famous people on earth and are making millions. I don’t think you could count her out. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to do and we’ve done things that people have never done before, things even boxing couldn’t do in its heyday. I don’t think about who’s the greatest promoter of all time.”

Kris Jenner, a.k.a. Momma Kardashian, certainly knows how to sell a product. Her daughters are celebrities for seemingly no reason, so White makes a valid point. Even Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline recently said the Kardashians are famous for nothing, even though he insulted Tim Tebow in the process. Promoters don’t only exist in fighting. Jenner could probably sell underwear to a nudist.

Jon Jones reportedly asked Dana White to have Chael Sonnen stop harassing him

How much did Chael Sonnen get inside Jon Jones‘ head with all his trash talk the past few weeks? Apparently far enough to prompt an uncomfortable Jones to ask UFC president Dana White to tell Sonnen to stop. That’s according to a report from The Wrestling Observer.

The Wrestling Observer (via Bloody Elbow) reported that “Jones was very upset after Chael began calling him out and mocking him on Twitter, going as far as to contact White and ask him to tell Chael to stop.”

We have no idea if White told Sonnen to stop, but Chael’s Twitter account has been quiet since the 25th. From August 15-23 he sent 10 tweets, and all 10 were directed at Jones. He crafted some fake tweets that were intended to make them seem like they were sent from Jones to Sonnen, such as this one:

Sonnen also sent more direct tweets about Jones like this one:

Say Dana White told Sonnen to cool it, which doesn’t sound like something he would advocate since he loves when his fighters use social media to promote themselves and the sport, there’s no way he would do it again after the way Jones screwed over the UFC for UFC 151. And how is Jones’ relationship with White? He’s no longer following the UFC boss on Twitter after being ripped to shreds.

Jones is losing whatever popularity he had by the second. This is getting ugly.

UPDATE: Both Jones and White have denied the report.

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow, Cagewriter

Jon Jones apologizes for UFC 151 debacle; Dana White rips him, Greg Jackson

Earlier in the week we made the point that Jon Jones was developing a painfully corporate attitude. That point couldn’t have been more evident than when Jones turned down a fight with Chael Sonnen on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the entire UFC 151 fight card.

Jones was set to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas, but Hendo pulled out with a knee injury. Sonnen, who had been baiting Jones on Twitter, was asked by the UFC to step in on short notice and fight Jones. He accepted, but Jones turned down the replacement fight feeling that he wouldn’t have enough time to properly prepare.

Jones apparently forgot that Sonnen was going to be fighting less than two months after losing to Anderson Silva, and that Sonnen was going to be at a disadvantage having to move up to 205 from 185 pounds.

Jones, being so protective of his status as a champion, was too worried about his legacy to risk his belt on short notice. Without the event headliner Jones willing to face someone else, UFC president Dana White decided to cancel the entire card in a move he termed an “all-time low.”

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Dana White: Ronda Rousey could be first woman in UFC

In case you couldn’t already tell by the shirt Dana White wore to the weigh-ins for UFC on FOX 4, he’s a fan of Ronda Rousey.

During an episode of Showtime Sports’ “All Access: Ronda Rousey,” White raved about the female fighter.

“Everything you need in a fighter she has, yet she’s a woman and she’s beautiful. The Ronda Rousey package is different than any other package we’ve ever seen. She’s incredibly talented, she’s mean, she’s nasty, and she’s dangerous. She’s got the whole package,” began White on the 25-year old grappler. “I will not miss a Ronda Rousey fight. Ever. I’m a Ronda Rousey fan.”

White has stated that there is not enough competition in women’s fighting for the UFC to have a division for females, but if they do make a change, he thinks Rousey could be the first woman to inspire it.

“In the next 10 years, if there’s a woman in the Octagon, it’s probably gonna be Ronda Rousey,” he concluded.

Below is video of the entire episode:

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Dana White wears T-shirt featuring picture of Ronda Rousey’s nude magazine cover

You think Dana White is a fan of Ronda Rousey? I’d say so. The UFC President wore the T-shirt you see above to the weigh-in for UFC on FOX 4 on Friday. The shirt features an image of Rousey’s nude cover for ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue.” And here I was thinking White was a stickler for copyright violations.

But we all know how this works: once you’re one of White’s favorite ladies, he supports you for life.

Photo via MMA En Espanol

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva? Not happening says Dana White

Nick Diaz said he was done with MMA after losing a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in February, but his trainer Cesar Gracie wrote last week that Diaz is looking to return to the sport.

In a posting on his website last Friday, Gracie stated that Diaz wanted to challenge Anderson Silva:

Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.

Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.

Diaz is currently under suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following the fight (I guess he’s not as good at beating tests as he thinks he is), but he and his team are appealing the year-long suspension.

Whenever he does get cleared to return to the UFC, he won’t be fighting Silva.

“I can tell you this, not theoretically – Diaz/Anderson is not going to happen,” UFC President Dana White told MMA Junkie. “That’s just ridiculous.”

White pointed out that Diaz lost to Condit at 170 pounds, so jumping to 185 to face Silva doesn’t make sense. White also seems to be leaning toward a GSP-Silva fight should he set up a superfight for the Spider. That makes more sense. Diaz is still considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, but he needs to prove it once again by getting a win first.