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UFC’s Dana White Agrees to Clash With Canelo Alvarez on PPV Market: “Mexican Traditional Dates”

Published 02/23/2024, 3:25 PM EST

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Perhaps one of the UFC’s most celebrated events is Noche UFC. A celebration of the Mexican Independence Day, the last edition of it saw the victory of Alexa Grasso over Valentine Shevchenko. This time, however, the interesting clash may just be between Dana White and boxing sensation Canelo Alvarez.

No, the UFC head honcho is not about to challenge Alvarez to a boxing bout and neither is the boxer about to get into the promotion for an MMA debut. The two will be clashing in terms of the date of the event and that’s a big deal in itself, especially when it’s in the same city.

Dana White is perfectly fine sharing the date

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Dana White is known for his fierceness when it comes to doing business. However, he has also often shown great spirit for the love of combat sports in general. So it isn’t surprising that he is willing to share the stage with Alvarez. White will be hosting Noche UFC in Las Vegas’ famous Sphere and Alvarez will be taking on yet another opponent cl0seby at the beloved T-Mobile Arena. So what did White say about the clashing dates?

“We can always coexist,” he told ESPN, “Listen obviously these Mexican traditional dates for boxing have always been big for them and I expect that to remain the same as long as they have a Mexican Star as big as Canelo so yes. We can always share those dates.”

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Clearly, there is much respect between the two. It’s still an interesting comparison to make. The UFC is a massive promotion, perhaps the best in the world when it comes to MMA and Alvarez is just one bright shining star of the boxing world. Meanwhile, White has his own ideas of finding new stars from Mexico.

A Mexican contender series next?

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Dana White’s Contender Series is one of the most exciting things about the UFC. The UFC boss had plans to introduce the same to Mexico but the pandemic may have been a roadblock. Now, as the UFC pools in more and more talent from around the world, it could all still happen.

White told ESPN how he was seeing growth in the talent that he was being able to find for the Contender Series which happens only once per year. As this growth continues, Dana White is certain that there will soon be a day when the Contender Series goes to Mexico.

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Meanwhile, perhaps one of his biggest priorities right now is UFC 300. The main event has already been revealed and it’s going to be Alex Pereira taking on former champion, Jamahal Hill for the light heavyweight belt. By the time we reach Noche UFC, we might have a new champ in the LHW division. Who do you have your money on?

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Prit Chauhan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His portfolio shows him as the go-to event coverage writer at ES and his work on UFC 297 is proof of the same. As an experienced writer and a longtime MMA fan, Prit’s strong suit lies in telling the relatively unknown and more personal stories of fights and fighters.
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