“I Have No Problem Competing With the UFC”: Days Ahead of His Fight Against Jermall Charlo, Canelo Alvarez Accepts Dana White’s Bold Challenge

Published 09/29/2023, 1:58 AM EDT

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Undisputed super-middleweight Canelo Alvarez recently had to move his upcoming fight against Jermall Charlo to September 30. It was due to the fact that his fight was clashing with Noche UFC. However, in a recent turn of events, the champ has revealed that he has no problems competing against the world’s biggest MMA promotion.

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Noche UFC was quite a success. It was the biggest UFC Fight Night event by far when it comes to viewership. With its success, UFC CEO Dana White stated that he is ready to go head-to-head with any fighter or any promotion when it comes to holding events, which also included Canelo Alvarez. And, the Mexican boxing legend seems to have no problems with that.

Canelo Alvarez is ready to compete with the UFC

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The 33-year-old boxer recently disclosed his thoughts about competing with Dana White’s promotion, as reported by ‘ESPN Mexico.’ The undisputed champion has intentions of backing down against the UFC. Alvarez said, “I have no problem competing with the UFC (regarding Noche UFC).” (via Google Translate)

However, he has no bad blood with the UFC fighters. Given that Noche UFC has several Mexican fighters on the card, Canelo Alvarez is happy to support them. He appreciated his fellow countrymen for achieving what they had in the world of mixed martial arts. Moreover, he also shared some words of praise for the UFC flyweight champion, Alexa Grasso.

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“I am proud of what my countrymen are doing in MMA and even more so a woman like Grasso,” said Alvarez. Meanwhile, Dana White revealed Noche UFC’s success during a recent Contender Series press conference.

Millions of people tuned in for Noche UFC

Having said that Noche UFC was the biggest Fight Night event ever, Dana White recently revealed the numbers. According to the 54-year-old promoter, 1.1 million people tuned in to watch UFC for the first time. White said, “1.1 million people that had never been to ESPN+ tuned in for that fight [Grasso vs. Shevchenko 2].”

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Not only that, there were three times more Spanish-speaking people tuning in to watch the main event of Noche UFC. “It did 3X the average viewership minutes watched on the Spanish feed. Killed it. It was an incredible success.”

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It is safe to say that the UFC is doing better than ever. They recently crossed over $600 million in revenue in the first half of 2023 and things are looking good for Dana White. It remains to be seen how the remaining UFC events of the year perform given that it is already a successful year for the promotion. Are you excited?

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Himanga Mahanta is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has a passion for combat sports and a deep understanding of the intricacies of MMA. With his expertise and extensive knowledge, Himanga provides in-depth coverage of UFC events and fighters, bringing his readers closer to the action and the athletes they admire.
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