Despite a hostile relationship with Dana white, the head of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya pays tribute to the UFC President, who did everything possible and impossible to save his organization during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I respect Dan white and give him credit,” the legendary boxer said in an interview with CBS Sports. “We had our differences with him. When I wanted to become a promoter in MMA, I organized a fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. It was a huge success. I tried it out and found out what it is. It was a great experience because I love MMA».

“Then Dana criticized me and made fun of everything I did. And you know what? Dana does a phenomenal job protecting his sport, and he does it with scale. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s really good at it. I give him credit»

Recall that the largest MMA promotion will resume its activities on may 9 with the UFC 249 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, and then within a week will hold two more events there, scheduled for may 13 and 16.

Paulo Costa plans to become the UFC champion in two weight categories

Paulo Costa plans to become the UFC champion in two weight categories
Although his bout against Yisrael Adesanya is still not officially announced, Paulo Costa believes that the UFC Middleweight title will not be the only big trophy in his collection.

“I believe that I can pick up two titles, in the Middleweight and light heavyweight division,” the Brazilian said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “I’m sure of it. I’m a big guy and it’s pretty hard for me to do 185 pounds, so I think I can bring my country two championship belts»

“My plan is to move to light heavyweight as quickly as possible, right after my next fight, if possible. A lot of it will depend on whether the light heavyweight division will still have big names like Jon Jones or not, but I’m not afraid to fight the big guys”

The current UFC Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, plans to meet Jon Jones only after clearing the division, but Costa has no long-term plans in the Middleweight category.

“This skinny Adesanya challenged John Jones, but when Jones accepted it, he stated that he needed two years to prepare. To challenge and then turn on the back is a disgrace. I’m not like that. I’m ready, and if I want to fight in the light heavyweight division, I can do it. So I believe that after I take the title away from Adesanya, I will get a title chance in the light heavyweight category».