Sunday, March 4, 2007

UFC 68 Post Fight Press Conference Notes

By Pramit Mohapatra

UFC President Dana White and some of the assembled fighters revealed the following at the post-fight press conference:

* The attendance at the arena, according to White, was 19,049 earning a gate receipt of over $3 million. According to White, the attendance makes UFC 68 the No. 1 MMA event in North American history and the No. 1 event in the history of Nationwide Arena.

* It appears that White has every intention of bringing UFC back to Ohio -- both Columbus and Cincinnati -- based on the overwhelming response to UFC 68.

* White suggested that the April 21 card from Manchester, England, could be on non-pay-per-view television.

* White alluded to some sort of ESPN involvement with the April 7 card from Houston.

* When asked what injury Sylvia had going into his fight against Couture, White said he didn't know and admitted that Sylvia has an "image problem" and that Sylvia was "overconfident" coming into the fight.

* According to Matt Hughes, who was also at the press conference and is Sylvia's camp-mate, Sylvia had a back problem going into the fight and had considering not fighting.

* White revealed that Chuck Liddell has pneumonia right now and said that he will be visiting Liddell in San Luis Obispo in the coming week to find out Liddell's status.

* White called Brandon Vera "young" and "cocky" and said that Mirko Filipovic had asked to fight Vera but White won't give Vera that fight as long as Vera only has one fight on his contract. White appeared confident that Vera would indeed re-sign with UFC
* White lamented the influx of what he calls "sleazy" boxing guys who are entering the MMA space, though he called this influx inevitable.

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