Dana White: Big UFC Middleweight Fight Announcements Coming Saturday

Written by Tom Ngo
July 19th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva

After disposing of Chael Sonnen for the second time in two years, it appeared as though middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) had lapped the field. However, with one of the UFC’s recent acquisitions and emergence of some of their up-and-comers, the 185-pound division is swarming with top talent for the first time in the history of ever.

With access to the deepest talent pool the weight class has ever enjoyed, White now has the luxury of arranging several blockbuster bouts – assuming the injury bug doesn’t swoop in to do its thing, of course. MMA’s big boss plans to unveil his layout this Saturday.

“Oh, we’ve got plans,” White stated during Thursday’s UFC 149 press conference. “That’s all I’ve been talking about for four days. I’ve been on the phone with me and [UFC matchmaker Joe Silva] putting together some really good fights. As long as everybody stays healthy…

“And you know how normally after a fight on Saturday, you guys are like, ‘Who’s he gonna fight next?’ and I’m like, ‘I have no idea.’ I’ll have answers for you on Saturday. So we’ll see who wins and I’ll have a lot of answers for the 85 pound division.”

White is clearly anxious to see how former Bellator champion Hector Lombard fares in his big league debut against Tim Boetsch. Fans should expect to hear what’s in store for the division’s flavor of the month in Chris Weidman.

White could also announce what the future holds for the Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann winner arranged for UFC 152. Moreover, since Sonnen and Mark Munoz are both coming off losses, could their cancelled January tango be rearranged?

“I’m excited, man,” a giddy White added. “The 85 pound division has never been more exciting. There’s a ton of great guys now, a ton of great fights to make and it’s gonna be fun. This next six-seven months, it’s gonna be a really fun time for the 85 pound division.

“I’m pumped. I’ll have answers for you on Saturday.”

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