Dana White on Karo, Gina Carano, Shane McMahon & More

By Greg Savage Nov 20, 2009
UFC President Dana White and Cain Velasquez met with UFC Fight Club members Friday in Las Vegas and discussed a variety of topics. White said the following:

Karo Parisyan has been “unforgivably” unprofessional and needs to get his life straightened out before he worries about fighting again. He likes Karo but can’t count on him.

• He was disappointed by Silva-Cote in Chicago and will be back in that market soon.

Matt Hughes will be back in early 2010.

• He will be talking with Chuck Liddell after his final dance on “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s not sure what the future holds for Liddell.

Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans will happen if Evans gets past Thiago Silva in January.

• It’s still too hard to do a women’s division because of the lack of depth and talent. No plans for a women’s season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

• He thinks Toronto will be the biggest MMA event in North American history if they can get it sanctioned in Ontario.

Roy Nelson is “irritating,” “aggravating” and “says a bunch of dumb things.”

• He had a meeting with Shane McMahon but declined to discuss what was talked about. White said he is a good friend and “you never know.”

• He offered Gina Carano a fight when she was with EliteXC. There was a loophole in her contract that would have allowed her to leave but she declined.

• 10-point must system will “probably” need to be changed.

• The UFC is going to Hawaii for sure, and it will be the company’s first stadium show.

• GSP-Hardy will be in February.

• Referee Steve Mazzagatti is a great person, “couldn’t meet a nicer guy,” but he is just not a good referee. White said he just consistently makes bad decisions.

Velasquez said the following:

• He’s ready to fight for the title whenever the UFC calls.

• Rothwell stoppage was “definitely a little early,” but he felt he would have kept doing the same thing.

• Still working to get more power, knows he needs to improve in that area of his game.

• Would love to fight in Mexico City, especially if it is for the title.

• Used to dealing with bigger opponents from his days wrestling at Arizona State. Heavyweights in collegiate wrestling were all bigger than him, just like MMA.

• He is not deterred by the wrestling credentials of Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.

• When he got cracked by Cheick Kongo, he thought, “What the f--- was that?” Knew he had to take him down at that point.

• He wants to continue working up the ladder in the heavyweight division.

• He has no idea who anyone on TUF is other than Kimbo.

• Dana White gets on him about not watching TUF.

• He does as little as possible when not training.

• Trains seven days a week with three workouts a day and light work on the weekends.

• Predicts Forrest Griffin will beat Tito Ortiz in a “tough fight.”
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