The Canadian Press recently caught up with Dana White and discussed a number of things, including the recent Pride show in Las Vegas, plans for 2007, and much more.
Here are the quick hits:
--Contrary to our report yesterday, UFC co-owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta were in attendance at the "Real Deal" – White was not. Regardless, Dana was unimpressed with Wanderlei Silva calling out Chuck Liddell on Saturday, saying:
"Pride trying to get traction off us."
--The UFC will make its Canadian debut sometime next year, according to White:
"We're coming there for sure. Absolutely, 2007 we'll be there."
--That's not all. White also mentioned that the UFC is planning "five or six" events in Britain next year.
--The ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California, sold out in three days for the November 18 UFC 65: "Bad Intentions" card that features two championship bouts (welterweight champion Matt Hughes vs. Georges St. Pierre and heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia vs. Jeff Monson).
--White confirmed that B.J. Penn was injured in his third-round technical knockout loss to Hughes:
"Hughes broke his ribs in that second round."
--And finally, the next season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) on SpikeTV, which is scheduled to start production in January, will feature a mix of young and experienced fighters from the 155-poung lightweight class.
Tomorrow, we'll provide an update on what happened to the Ortiz-White boxing match that was scheduled for last week, as well as any other breaking UFC news.