LAS VEGAS – Excellent news for MMA followers in Africa.
UFC president Dana White revealed on Saturday following UFC 279 that the UFC is in severe talks to convey an occasion to the continent within the close to future. White didn’t specify which nations or cities they have been particularly, however it’s one thing that’s already in dialogue.
“We actually had a gathering the opposite day, and we’re significantly speaking about Africa now,” White instructed reporters on the UFC 279 post-fight press convention. “We’re beginning to take a look at venues and cities to carry an occasion. Africa goes to occur very quickly.”
Bringing the promotion to Africa has been a subject of a dialogue for fairly a while. White has acknowledged up to now it was one thing he needs to perform earlier than his profession as a promoter is completed.
Earlier this 12 months, MMA Junkie Radio spoke to Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, about attainable plans for the UFC to go to Africa. Ratner particularly talked about curiosity in Johannesburg, South Africa as a possible first touchdown spot for the promotion.
“I do imagine we are going to go to Johannesburg sometime. I feel that’s going to occur. We’ve to let this complete Francis (Ngannou) and contract all play out. Would I like to see it? Completely.”
The UFC has by no means hosted an occasion in Africa. Lately, the African expertise on the UFC roster has grown considerably. There are two present UFC champions from Africa: Israel Adesanya (Nigeria) and Francis Ngannou (Cameroon). There are additionally a number of prime contenders from the area.