That, as of Wednesday, was UFC President Dana White’s stated level of interest in signing Albuquerque MMA fighter Holly Holm to a contract.
The always outspoken White made the comments Wednesday to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, who reported the story on Fox Sports 1′s “UFC Tonight,” five days after White and other UFC officials had met with Holm’s promoter in Dallas.
Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s promoter since 2004, talked Saturday with White, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and matchmaker Sean Shelby about a possible future – in particular, an eventual showdown with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey – for Holm with the world’s most influential MMA organization.
Fresquez told the Journal, and other media outlets, that the negotiations went well despite not having resulted in an agreement.
White said the opposite Wednesday, adding he was annoyed that Fresquez had talked so freely about the negotiations afterward.
In December, White called Fresquez “a lunatic” because the Albuquerque businessman had talked openly about wanting Holm to be paid in six figures when, and if, she faced Rousey.
Yet, Fresquez told the Journal on Monday that his discussions with White, Fertitta and Shelby in Dallas were cordial.
On Thursday, Fresquez said he was taking White’s remarks in stride and not changing course.
“I can’t stop him from saying what he wants,” Fresquez said, “but we’re going to continue to do what we do. Holly has a tough fight on April 4 (against Juliana Werner at the Route 66 Casino Hotel), and she’s 100 percent focused on that.
“As long as they keep putting Holly’s name all over the Internet, I’m happy.”
Fresquez said that, while UFC and Rousey remain the ultimate goals, Holm has other options.
Holm has one more fight on her Legacy Fighting Championship contract, scheduled June 20 in Houston, after the Werner fight. As per the contract, she would be free to cancel the Houston date if negotiations with UFC were successful.
“If we can’t come to an agreement (with UFC),” Fresquez said, “we’ll just go (to Houston). Then she becomes a free agent, and we have offers from other promotional companies.
“That’s where we want to go, is the UFC. (But) there are smaller companies that want to pay us more money.”
The UFC announced Monday that it will stage a “Fight Night” card at Tingley Coliseum on June 7. Fresquez said he wasn’t keen on the idea of Holm fighting on the card, regardless of any negotiations with UFC.
SURGERY FOR CONDIT: Albuquerque’s Carlos Condit (29-8) suffered a torn ACL and a partially torn meniscus during his loss by TKO to Tyron Woodley on Saturday.
Condit will undergo surgery, said Ricky Kottenstette, general manager of Albuquerque’s Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts.
Typically, rehabilitation from an ACL tear requires at least six months and often as many as nine.