Dana dreams of soccer World Cup-style TUF GP

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Dana White gets a kick out of post-event press conferences. Photo: Marcelo Dunlop.

The UFC president is full of surprises. Since taking the reigns at the promotion, Dana White set aside the grand prix-style events of old. However, he may be getting ready to bring the tournament format back, in the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” (TUF).

But the funny part is the head honcho’s interest in soccer, a sport receiving little fanfare in the USA. The first big demonstration of his liking for the world’s most popular sport was his protest against vuvuzelas, the strident-sounding horns that filled the air during the World Cup in South Africa, making a point of banning them from his events. Now he’s addressed the World Cup in a positive light, for his latest project: a sort of world GP featuring international fighters within the reality show.

“It would be like a TUF World Cup – that’s my dream,” White told reporters at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where UFC 130 was held.

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