Dana Cam reveals intense UFC 241 staredowns

The Octagon returns to Anaheim, California tomorrow night for the promotions UFC 241 pay-per-view event.

The fight card is headlined by a heavyweight title fight rematch featuring current champ Daniel Cormier taking on former division kingpin Stipe Miocic.

Earlier this afternoon, the promotion held their ceremonials weigh-ins for UFC 241, which resulted in some intense staredowns.

UFC President Dana White was center stage at the weigh-ins and thus the infamous ‘Dana Cam’ was rolling.

Check out the footage below.

Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic

Nate Diaz vs Anthony Pettis

Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa

Who are you picking to win the final three fights of the evening at UFC 241? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!

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Dana White pulls plug on featherweight title fight at UFC 243

Many fans were hoping to see Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski get the opportunity to challenge Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title at UFC 243 this October in Melbourne, Australia. Unfortunately, UFC President Dana White says that won’t be happen.

The UFC boss shared this unfortunate news on Submission Radio. He explained that Max Holloway, who just fought at UFC 240 in late July, will be unable to make the featherweight limit in time for the October card in Melbourne.

“Yeah, no, that’s not happening,” White told Submission Radio of a Max Holloway vs. Alex Volkanovski fight at UFC 243 (h/t MMA Fighting). “I don’t think that Max could turn around and cut the weight again that fast.

“So, I don’t want to put him in that type of situation.”

This news is bound to sting or Alex Volkanovski, who seemingly earned a featherweight title shot with a recent decision defeat of Jose Aldo, but was then passed up for former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Volkanovski showed up in Edmonton, Alberta — the scene of Holloway and Edgar’s fight — and made weight as a back-up fighter, dispelling any doubts that he was healthy enough to fight for the title at that time.

The expectation has always been that Volkanovski will get the next crack at Holloway, but the widespread hope was that it would happen at UFC 243 on the Australian’s home turf. The card is considered the biggest in the history of Australian MMA.

Unfortunately, as Dana White says, that’s not happening.

The good news is that UFC 243 will still be anchored by a blockbuster middleweight title fight between Australian undisputed champion Robert Whittaker and Kiwi interim champion Israel Adesanya.

Do you think Dana White should have scheduled a Max Holloway vs. Alex Volkanovski title fight for UFC 243?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/15/2019.

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Dana White says latest Conor McGregor incident is ‘pretty bad’

Conor McGregor is in more trouble after a TMZ video was released of him allegedly punching an elderly man.

UFC president Dana White had actually heard about this incident previously, as it happened back in April. Yet, after watching the video, the boss believes it is clear as day it was Conor McGregor who hit the man which he says is pretty bad.

“That happened in April. I knew that happened, they just got the video. It’s pretty bad,” White said to Jim Rome. “Not allegedly, it’s pretty clear (it’s him). So apparently this was in a pub in Ireland and it was an argument over whiskey. Conor has a whiskey now and it was an argument over the whiskey and Conor reaches out and hits him with a left hook.

“I don’t know the context of it. I don’t know the entire story but he punches a guy, an older man, in the face.”

Meanwhile, this is not the first time Conor McGregor has been in trouble. He had the bus incident in Brooklyn and the phone incident in Miami. For Dana White, he wonders when enough will be enough for the Irishman.

“You get to a point where you look at a guy like Conor and you look at the bus incident in New York and the camera, the phone, the guy took the picture of him in Miami and he slaps the phone (away from him) — what’s the number?” White said. “What’s it going to cost Conor McGregor before he decides ‘all right, this isn’t worth it, enough is enough, I need to stop doing this’.

“The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions he had to payout. He had to pay the guy with the phone. What’s he going to pay this guy that he hit in the bar? The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says ‘I’ve got to stop doing this’.”

Do you agree with Dana White that the latest incident involving Conor McGregor is pretty bad? Sound off in the comment section, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/15/2019.

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Dana White reacts to Nate Diaz lighting up at UFC 241 open workouts

Nate Diaz certainly knows how to keep things interesting.

On Wednesday, at the UFC 241 open workouts, the long absent star and known cannabis lover lit up a joint, and even shared it with some of the fans in attendance.

Shortly after this wild scene, Nate Diaz divulged that he was smoking CBD — which is legal in and out of competition — and that he would hold off on smoking actual THC until his UFC 241 with Anthony Pettis is in the rear-view mirror.

“Diaz said the joint was CBD, his own line from Game Up Nutrition. CBD is legal in-and-out-of-competition in the UFC’s anti-doping policy. Diaz said he’ll have THC for after the fight since it’s prohibited in-competition,” ESPN’s Marc Raimondi wrote on Twitter after the incident.

All the same, Diaz’s decision to spark up was enough to generated a brief yet clear reaction from UFC President Dana White.

Sometimes an emoji is worth a thousand words.

While Dana White is feigning frustration with this latest batch Nate Diaz of headlines, we can assume he’s also pleased with the way this way Diaz is generating attention for the UFC 241 card.

Besides, he says he and Diaz have a good relationship — even if the Stockton, California native is tough to do business with.

“It’s funny – I did this interview the other day about Nate,” White said on Tuesday. “Nate’s one of these guys that, he has this personality where it’s like he’s saying ‘(expletive) you’ to The Man, but he never says ‘(expletive) you’ to The Man. Every time I’m around Nate, he’s a good kid, and I’ve always had a good relationship with Nate, a personal relationship with Nate.”

“He’s tough to deal with on the business side, but personally he’s a good guy,” White said. “And whatever you want to say about the Diaz brothers, when they say they’re gonna fight, they sign the bout agreement, and they show up and they fight. So I don’t see any problems.”

What was your reaction to Nate Diaz’s smokey UFC 241 open workout?

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Dana White claims his relationship with Nate Diaz has ‘always’ been good

UFC President Dana White claims that he and Nate Diaz have always had a good personal relationship, despite what Diaz’s previous comments might suggest to the contrary.

The UFC boss updated on his relationship with the younger Diaz bro shortly after Contender Series on Tuesday night.

“It’s funny – I did this interview the other day about Nate,” White said (via MMA Junkie). “Nate’s one of these guys that, he has this personality where it’s like he’s saying ‘(expletive) you’ to The Man, but he never says ‘(expletive) you’ to The Man. Every time I’m around Nate, he’s a good kid, and I’ve always had a good relationship with Nate, a personal relationship with Nate.”

While Dana White says he and Nate Diaz get along on a personal level, he admits Diaz is not always easy to business with.

“He’s tough to deal with on the business side, but personally he’s a good guy,” White said. “And whatever you want to say about the Diaz brothers, when they say they’re gonna fight, they sign the bout agreement, and they show up and they fight. So I don’t see any problems.”

Diaz has recently made comments that reflect the way he tends to butt heads with his employer.

“I think the part of not fighting, the fight wasn’t with the fighters no more, they’re not on my level,” he said in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “The fight was with the whole organization, the whole thing. I’m like, I’m losing this fight if I’m just going to sit here and die off in this little town.”

Nate Diaz is set to return to the cage this Saturday, in the co-main event of UFC 241, where he’ll battle former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in a compelling welterweight showdown.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/14/2019.

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Dana White addresses UFC 241 fight week, Contender Series, and more (full scrum video)

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Dana White talks about the winners of this week’s Dana White’s Contender Series and UFC 241 headlined by Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.

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Tune in for full UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 live results from Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 17 on MMAWeekly.com. Daniel Cormier puts his UFC heavyweight championship on the line in a rematch with Stipe Miocic. Nate Diaz makes his return opposite Anthony Pettis in the UFC 241 co-main event. Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa face off in a middleweight contender eliminator, also on the pay-per-view portion of the fight card.