LOS ANGELES, CA – In this week’s “UFC Tonight,” Kenny Florian previews the upcoming UFC 144 in Japan, focusing on the Frankie Edgar-Benson Henderson title fight and the co-main event featuring Rampage Jackson and Ryan Bader. Also, UFC President Dana White’s “Presidential Address” calls out one of sports’ biggest superstars. Plus, Jay Glazer and Benson Henderson visit the troops in South Korea and see what it’s like to train there, and UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer talks about her March Playboy cover shoot.
Dana White’s “Presidential Address” on one of sports’ biggest superstars: “First of all, what [he] said, I think, was racist. He’s made a couple of racist comments. And yes, you’re racist with the stuff you’ve said. … you dummy. Don’t worry about what all these other guys are doing, and shooting your big mouth off on Twitter. … And I know I speak for millions and millions of other people. Shut up …”
“UFC Tonight” Analyst Kenny Florian on Edgar vs. Henderson: “I can’t wait for this fight. These are two aggressive, lightweights going at it. Edgar is very fast and aggressive. Henderson is from a great wrestling background. These are two very dangerous lightweights.”
Exclusive interview, Frankie Edgar on training for his upcoming fight: “It’s nice to be training for a different technique and different style. It’s refreshing training for someone different. I think I can’t beat myself. I’ve got a great training camp.”
Florian on the key to Edgar’s game: “He’s fast. He can get four punches off in less than two seconds. His footwork and his speed make him very dangerous.”
Florian on Jackson vs. Bader: “Rampage Jackson made his career fighting in Pride in Japan. He has very heavy hands. Bader comes from a wrestling background and will try to get Jackson on the ground. It’s going to be a great fight.”
“UFC Tonight” Insider Ariel Helwani asks Gray Maynard his pick for Edgar vs. Henderson: “I can see it going either way. Henderson is a lefty, so we’ll see how Edgar does against him.”
Helwani reveals news on Sean Loeffler: “He will need surgery on his ankle and could be out for about six months.”
Florian on if Joe Lauzon wins does he deserve a title shot: “Not yet. I’d like to see him get one or two more wins.”
Florian on an upcoming match flying under the radar: “Don’t miss Cheick Kongo versus Mark Hunt. These are two heavyweights who have serious knockout power. I don’t see this one going the distance.”
Florian on Dave Herman coming out to the Village People’s “Macho Man” in Omaha as being the worst entrance song ever: “I thought it was the best music ever! You could hear the crowd laughing and he had fun with it.”
“UFC Tonight” is the official weekly news and information show of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, airing every Tuesday night at 10:00 PM ET on FUEL TV. The show is co-hosted by veteran UFC fighter and multiple title contender Kenny Florian and former UFC host and WEC announcer Todd Harris. Two-time World MMA Awards Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani adds insider news.