UFC President Dana White has had a tumultuous 2020. White ensured the UFC was the first promotional sport to get back running after the lockdown. Having created Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, the UFC machine got back on track, put on shows and provided fight fans with the entertainment they had been craving.
However, it’s no easy task to pull off what the UFC accomplished. There was a lot of effort from White and his entire UFC team to put on these events under such special circumstances.
Speaking to Robbie Fox from Barstool Sports, Dana did not seem too optimistic about 2021. He said, “It’s super chaotic. It hasn’t gotten better, it’s getting worse. You know, I kept wishing for 2020 to go away and now 2021 looks like a total sh*t show too. It’s gonna be an interesting year.”
While the shows have been rolling on, the UFC still has not had any fans in attendance. Despite the promotion incurring tremendous losses without a gate, White has been adamant that fans will not be back till full capacity attendance is allowed.
However, there are positives going into 2021. Conor McGregor confirmed that he has signed his agreement to fight Dustin Poirier. The two should be the headline of UFC 257 in January, but the fight location has yet to be disclosed.
The same was confirmed by the UFC President, who also told Robbie that he was not worried that the fight would not come to fruition. “It’s true. He (Conor) signed it. It was never a concern, it’s never like I was like, ‘Oh Conor hasn’t signed his bout agreement.”
White revealed that the deal wasn’t challenging, as there was a lot of other challenging stuff going on in the business and in the world.
UFC 255 is this weekend, and the fight card will see two titles on the line. Men’s flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend their belts against Alex Perez and Jennifer Maia, respectively.
White will look to close out 2020 on a good note with the last few scheduled cards of the year. Leon Edwards taking on Khamzat Chimaev will be the last fight of 2020.
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