Get up to speed on all the latest and greatest news and notes from inside the walls of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) from none other than promotion president Dana White, who was fired up more than usual, especially when it came to defending the decision to cut Jon Fitch, among others, from the roster.
To watch a full video replay of the UFC 157 press conference right now click here.
Women's UFC Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, as well as her 135-pound main event opponent, Liz Carmouche, were on hand to promote their historic first-ever female fight inside the Octagon at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., this weekend (Sat., Feb. 23, 2013). And, naturally, they were also willing and able to mean mug for the MMA media in attendance (see the staredown pics here).
UFC President Dana White, unsurprisingly, emceed the event, gushing about the mainstream media attention that "Rowdy" has attracted, even declaring that she is a bigger news story than former Heavyweight freak show, Brock Lesnar (more on that claim here). After he and the rest of the major players were finished with their formal press conference obligations, White huddled with media members immediately afterward for his traditional "scrum."
And it might have been his most animated performance to date.
White kicked off the session with an exclamation point on the rousing Rousey interest, as well as discussed the first openly-gay fighter on the roster (Carmouche), adding that he welcomes her first male counterpart to come out of the closet. He also touched on the Swedish decision to exclude Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano from the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 9 event (right here) and the 205-pound title shot implications on the line when Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson touch 'em up in the in co-main event this Saturday night (more on that here).
Perhaps most important, if for nothing else because he spent nearly half his time on the subject, White discussed the controversial decision to cut former No. 1 Welterweight contender, Jon Fitch, along with 15 other fighters. We covered his entire explanation, which you can watch, too, right here.
That's not all, not even close -- it's yet another virtual goody bag!
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire card on fight night (Sat., Feb. 23, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, as well as the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET.
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