White Comments on UFC 141, Future Fights
Show premieres at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FUEL TV (www.fuel.tv) launches “UFC Tonight,” the official weekly news and information show of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, on Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00 PM ET. To kick off the premiere of the show, UFC President Dana White appears in studio as the inaugural guest.
“UFC Tonight” draws on a group of UFC experts in the studio and out in the field. The show is co-hosted by veteran UFC fighter and multiple title contender Kenny Florian and former WEC announcer and UFC host Todd Harris. Two-time World MMA Awards Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani adds insider news, while FOX NFL SUNDAY Insider, MMA Athletics Founder, and UFC on FUEL TV Weigh-in and Pre- and Post-fight show host Jay Glazer contributes feature segments. The show includes coverage and in-depth analysis of fight events, dramatic highlights and exclusive pre- and post-fight interviews with fighters.
To kick off the premiere of “UFC Tonight,” White serves as the first guest, offering the audience an insider’s perspective on the fights from UFC 141, a preview of upcoming events and the future of the UFC.
UFC President Dana White About the Alistair Overeem – Brock Lesnar Fight: “I was impressed by Overeem – I’ve been talking about him a lot and not in a positive way, and now I’m eating crow. Without a doubt, he’s one of the top three heavyweights in the world.”
White On Overeem’s Next Fight: “Junior dos Santos could fight Alistair Overeem, hopefully in the summer. dos Santos is ready, but Overeem wants to take a break. This is a fight that will be exciting.”
White Not Surprised by Brock’s Retirement:
“I had no idea that Brock would retire. He’s had his run. It was fun while Brock was here. I don’t think he’ll come back.”
White On Nate Diaz – Donald Cerrone Fight:
“Both are mean, nasty fighters. It was a war, and I love when fights live up to the hype. Dias is in the mix for the title shot.”
White On Johny Hendricks – Jon Fitch Fight:
“Hendricks did something that GSP couldn’t do. There’s no way this was an early stoppage. Hendricks comes bursting out of nowhere and takes down the number-two guy. He’s got world class wrestling and nasty hands – he’s going to get another big fight.”
White’s Fighter of the Year:
“It’s Jon Jones. The youngest Light Heavyweight Champion in UFC history, with four wins in 2011. He’s only 24 – wait until he’s 27 or 28. He could be the greatest fighter ever.”
White’s Fight of the Year:
“Dan Henderson versus Mauricio Rua. Henderson is terrorizing me for his next fight.”
White Comments On The Next Big Super Fight:
“If we can get Chael Sonnen versus Anderson Silva, that will probably be held in Brazil in a stadium. Everyone in the world will want to watch that.”
White on Where the UFC Going This Year?
“We’re going to Sweden for the first time. Hopefully we’ll go to Paris this year as well.”
In addition to White’s interview on the show, some of the regular segments that will appear on “UFC Tonight” include:
UFC It Again: A recap with highlights and never-before-seen angles of the most recent UFC fights.
UFC 101: Jay Glazer teams up with UFC superstars to teach you their favorite MMA moves.
Inside the Octagon: Ariel Helwani provides the UFC’s most insider info and breaking news stories.
Ultimate Answers: UFC’s biggest stars answer a variety of questions, ranging from “Who is the hardest puncher in the UFC” to “What’s your favorite movie line.”
FUEL TV StrikeZone: An in-depth breakdown of what part of the body a fighter targets on his opponent.
FUEL TV Final Round: Harris asks Florian some rapid fire questions that will include some predictions.
Chael’s Corner: The biggest talker in the UFC, Chael Sonnen, provides his unique commentary on whatever’s on his mind.
“UFC Tonight” also offers statistical information from FightMetric, the official statistics provider of the UFC.
Kenny Florian is a seasoned UFC fighter, and the only to compete in four divisions (Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight) and has been a title contender in two (Featherweight and Lightweight). His UFC career started on the Ultimate Fighter Season 1, where he eventually made it to the final fight. He has an MMA record of 16 wins and 6 losses.
Outside of the Octagon, Florian has co-hosted MMA Live, a weekly show that covered the world of Mixed Martial Arts on ESPN 2. Kenny, along with his brother Keith, own and operate Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, MA.
Prior to joining the “UFC Tonight” staff, Todd Harris was the pre- and post-fight host of “UFC Central” on UFC.TV and served as host for the Versus broadcasts pre-fight shows. He was also the voice of the World Extreme Cagefighting on Versus from 2007-2010, has worked three Winter Olympic Games for NBC, covered the NBA Playoffs for Turner Sports, is NBC’s host for both the Winter and Summer Dew Tour, and is currently the host of “The World of Adventure Sports.” He also hosts ESPN X Games, is the current host and play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s “The World’s Strongest Man,” and has worked as a sideline reporter on ABC Sports’ coverage of college football.
“UFC Tonight” Insider Ariel Helwani has covered mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He covers MMA on a daily basis for MMAFighting.com and NBCSports.com. He is a two-time World MMA Awards Journalist of the Year winner, picking up the award in 2010 and 2011. Helwani is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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