Here’s a glimpse into the spirit of Dana White …we asked the UFC President if Conor McGregor could fight Jorge Masvidal when he returns to the Octagon, and while DW doesn’t seem to be in this fight, there’s an opponent he likes for The Notorious.
“I really like Chandler against Conor after Chandler’s last fight. There are plenty of fights to be had. I don’t know if it’s this one. We’ll see what the landscape looks like when Conor comes back.”
Of course, Chandler’s last fight was at UFC 274 last month… when Iron Mike was knocked out Tony Ferguson with a front kick 17 seconds into the 2nd round. It was one of the most brutal knockouts of all time.
Conor hasn’t fought since UFC 264 in July 2021… when he horribly broke his leg while fighting Dustin Poirier.
“I say right after his last [Octagon] interview, his last fight, Conor’s ranked number 8. [Michael’s] ranked number 5. That makes a lot of sense right now,” Dana said.
As for the timeline of McGregor’s return, Dana says he’s getting closer, day by day.
“I think he’s getting better. He’s starting to step up his training, and hopefully the end of this year, early next year.”
We also spoke to UFC boss (and future UFC Hall of Famer, Valentina Shevchenko) about UFC 275… where Valentina is fighting 19-1 Taila Santos in the co-main event.
Shevchenko hasn’t lost in 5½ years…and Dana says she’s arguably the greatest fighter of all time.
If Valentina wins (she’s a heavy favorite), White says he’s ready to make Shevchenko-Nunes 3 (that loss in 2017 was to Amanda).
As for the main event… 42-year-old light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira fights against a 29-year-old rising star Jiri Prochazka.
The card also features a rematch of a fight many consider to be the greatest women’s MMA fight of all time… Joanna Jedrzejczyk versus. Weili Zhang.
Their first fight was in March 2020…a knockdown, dragging, 5 round war that Weili ultimately won by split decision.
But many fans felt that Joanna should have been the victor.
It was the last time Jedrzejczyk would set foot in the Octagon.
She returns Saturday night on ESPN+… with an online redemption shot!