UFC President Dana White says Latin American themed ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ a possibility

 

During a media tour to promote UFC 168, Middleweight champ Chris The All American Weidman, former champ Anderson The Spider Silva and UFC President Dana White visited Miami, stopping by the Klipsch Amphitheater in Bayfront Park on Friday, Sept. 27.

A Latin American themed “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show could be in the works, but the current focus is Weidman vs. Silva 2 at UFC 168 on Saturday, Dec. 28 on pay-per-view from Las Vegas. The two previously met at UFC 162 with Weidman winning via knockout in the second round to gain the title.

White also told Rodolfo Roman, host of The Roman Show, that the company has been eyeing this region since the beginning.

“We have been doing that since the first day we got involved with this company,” he said. "The Hispanic market has been important. Some of the greatest fighters in history have been Hispanic.”

He added that from the top of his head he had no idea on who would serve as the show’s coach, but he is sold on having UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. White added that Hispanics over time could dominate mixed martial arts.

Moving forward, White said he was satisfied with the support from fans in South Florida.

“Anytime we can get out and hang out with the fans, I love,” he said. “People are telling me they drove from different crazy places; its awesome.”

Plus, its looking bright for the Sunshine State to host another UFC event.

“We will come next year. I am not saying Miami but Florida definitely,” he said.

The UFC brought an event last year to (South Florida) Sunrise.

As far as UFC light heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones who had a competitive fight against Alexander Gustafsson, he said pairing Jones and the No.1 contender Glover Teixeira, who trains in (South Florida) Coconut Creek, makes sense.

“Jon won that fight,” he referred to the Gustafsson fight. “[Jones] wants to clean the division. He wants Glover next, and then he’ll fight Alex in the rematch.”

Jones is scheduled to defend his title against Teixeira early next year.

• To watch the interview with UFC President Dana White click on the link

http://rodolforoman.com/dana-white-jon-jones-gets-gustafsson-if-he-beats-teixeira-talks-tito-ortiz/

• Follow Rodolfo Roman on Twitter @romandh

Facebook www.facebook.com/rodolforroman.

Read more Mixed Martial Arts stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category