When asked if he would bring a UFC event to Africa, UFC president Dana White said that he has “always dreamt of doing a fight in Africa.”
The world’s leading MMA promotion currently features several champions from the continent of Africa, including UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, and UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. For many years, fans have wanted the organization to hold an event in the continent, but up until this point the UFC has yet to hold an event there. With COVID-19 shutting down much of the world’s travel in 2020 and 2021, the UFC’s plans of international expansion have had to be slowed down. But as far as White goes, the UFC still has Africa in its sights and plans on holding an event there in the future.
Speaking to the media following UFC 265, White reaffirmed his desire to hold a UFC event on the continent of Africa, admitting that it has always been a personal dream of his to do so.
“Yes, provided everything goes right, I would love to do a fight in Africa. To be honest with you, my whole life, I’ve always dreamt of doing a fight in Africa. I’ve always wanted to do it. So yes, that will be a big one, and another monumental moment in my life,” White said.
However, White once again cautioned that there won’t be an event in Africa anytime soon, at least until the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a halt and the promotion can travel again. In the meantime, the UFC president joked that he will continue to go to Texas and Florida.
“You know what I can guarantee you I can do? Florida and Texas. Florida and Texas I can do for the next however many years. I don’t know about anywhere else right now,” joked White.
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