UFC boss Dana White eyes fighting event in Africa in 2022
UFC will be coming to African soon.
The UFC’s popularity is growing in Africa with its three champions across three division.
Since Nigerian fighter Kamaru Usman first became the Welterweight champion in 2009, African fighters have continued to dominate the UFC.
Another Nigerian-born fighter Israel Adesanya is currently the Middleweight champion, while Cameroonian-French mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou recently became the Heavyweight champion.
White knows the influence his African champions have on the continent and is planning a fighting event there in 2022.
The American businessman, according to CNN, noted that the epic Rumble in the Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, which took place in the now Democratic Republic of Congo in October 1974, had a huge influence on him while he was growing up.
“All over the world, when we put up live events in these places, it ignites something,” White said in a CNN report.
“Training facilities start opening up, and I think you are going to see some bad dudes coming out of Africa in the next five or 10 years.”
Nigerian UFC champions Usman and Adesanya have plans to return to Nigeria to help introduce MMA to Nigerians.
Ngannou just rounded up a trip to Cameroon, where he visited to show off his Heavyweight UFC title to his country people.
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