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Dana White talks Machida vs. Diaz, Rousey, Alvarez, much more

In a wide-ranging interview with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, UFC president Dana White talks about his recent bout offer to Nick Diaz, Bellator's upcoming pay-per-view, Ronda Rousey's retirement talk, and a whole lot more.

UFC president Dana White did his usual pre-fight interview with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, which you can view above. The 13 minute interview is pretty wide ranging, with Dana covering everything from the naming of events, the Culinary Union causing drama for this weekend's show, the possible Nick Diaz vs. Lyoto Machida match up, all the hoopla about Ronda Rousey retiring in two years, and much more. Here's a full rundown of the topics:

  • How the UFC never liked the numbering system for cards, but it's what the media went with.
  • The Culinary Union and politicians used fighters and people as pawns in their battle with the promotion, according to the boss.
  • Chael Sonnen's role as an analyst and public face won't be tarnished by losses to top fighters
  • LOL's about Chael wanting to referee Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 2 in December
  • When fighters should retire
  • Debating the idea that Alistair Overeem is flying under the radar and is "tarnished" now
  • Conor McGregor's "star quality", and the UFC's return to Ireland in 2014
  • What a "superfight" means, and how Urijah Faber isn't a guy that would be in one
  • Whether Machida will face Nick Diaz or Vitor Belfort, and who has talked to who
  • Whether Ronda Rousey will turn into the next Gina Carano and leaving fighting behind
  • The whole "disgusting and embarrassing situation" with Eddie Alvarez and how he has been treated
  • White's interested in signing Bellator champ Ben Askren
  • How Bellator's press conference for Tito Ortiz and Quinton Jackson was all about White and the UFC
  • His opinion on Bellator and Bjorn Rebney (spoiler - he's not a fan now)
  • Where are they now - Scott Coker edition
  • How Mayhem Miller does or doesn't compare to other fighters retiring young with no backup plan