Friday, February 2, 2007

Mixed martial arts notebook UFC makes move toward domination

Dana White is still cordial. Now a celebrity, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is still witty, still accommodating and still dropping casual expletives in interviews.

But there is new tension in his voice.

"We are going to war with everyone," White said. "We are going to hammer all these rinky-dink, fly-by-night organizations that are popping up trying to grab a piece of the pie."

The UFC, American's largest mixed-martial arts organization, is planning to make a run at the world. While other organizations are in disarray or still gaining a fan base, White plans to bring all the best fighters to the UFC and create a virtual monopoly on elite mixed martial arts worldwide. The UFC recently acquired high-profile Quinton "Rampage" Jackson by buying the World Fighting Alliance, an upstart federation. In December, it signed Croatia's Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic to a $2.4-million contract for two years.

"Bringing in guys like Mirko Cro Cop is just the beginning," White said. "We're going after everybody."

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