Dana White has been promoting MMA as a worldwide sport since the inception of the UFC. He has never avoided putting non-American talent in top positions inside the promotion. Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and many others are examples of this. White envisioned the UFC as a global brand and has achieved it by showing diversity in his roster.
There are 11 champions in the UFC, and Stipe Miocic is the only American on that list. As a result, we can say that Dana White is always looking to see which international sensation will climb the UFC rankings. However, it looks like he has found someone to possibly come in 10-15 years from now.
White shared a video of a kid in Lagos, Nigeria. The kid shows immaculate speed and technique whilst sparring. It is very impressive for his age. Currently, two champions in the UFC have Nigerian descent (Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya). Francis Ngannou, who is from Cameroon, will be challenging Miocic for his heavyweight title next.
Despite the UFC being American and a lot of their fighters being American, the company has tried to be a meritocracy. This seems like an open platform for everyone. We have seen champions from different countries atop the UFC pyramid on multiple occasions. But will the UFC streamline their talent acquisition strategy?
Considering the fact that the UFC is trying to open Performance Institutes in different countries in the world, there are clear indicators as to where they are headed. Over the years, there has been a massive influx of talent from the continent of Africa, countries like China, and different parts of the Middle East. It is another reflection of Dana White’s global strategy.
Sharing videos like the one White did is quite endearing to see. The most powerful man in the sport giving an open platform to whoever is good enough to impress him must be encouraging for a generation of fighters that will try to impress him eventually.
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