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Dana White, UFC Fighting Surface Changes Coming

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dana-whiteUFC Fighters may notice changes to their fighting surface in upcoming events as bantamweight Sara McMann (8-1-0) was frustrated by a slick surface that was an irritation for her in a split decision win over Lauren Murphy (8-1-0) at UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor, Maine on Saturday.

“I didn’t like the canvas,” McMann complained about the distraction caused by the fighting surface in a post-fight interview, “I found sand all over my body and I had a little bit of sand in my eye.”

McMann was unsure if the conditions affected others, but did suffer some effects on her fight, “I’ve fought on canvases like that before…I don’t know about the other fighters, but I was really struggling.”

Her uncertain footing didn’t stop the Gaffney, South Carolina native from handing Murphy her first loss, but was problematic enough that it impacted her approach and execution in the fight. McMann controlled nearly 11 minutes of the fight with five takedowns in spite of being out-struck 3-to-1 by the Glendale, Arizona native.

“I use a lot of dynamic movement. I push hard off my feet when I was standing and then I drive a lot with my toes,” said the victorious McMann, “I think it got a little bit in my head that I slipped a couple times on my feet. When I was pushing, my legs were slipping out from under me.”

The ring conditions are not a new issue for the organization according to UFC President Dana White in an interview with MMAJunkie.com it is something he is aware of and of which he is looking for a solution.

“The sandy stuff is that spray that we spray on there that makes it sticky,” White said, “It does, it gets all sandy. It just happened to the girls on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. We are actually looking at a couple of different options for that right now too. We’re trying some new things.”

Ring conditions have been an ongoing project for the UFC that don’t seem to be going away any time soon as White said also in the interview, “We’ve been working on it forever. We’ve literally been working on that forever.”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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