“I Think It Was a Bad Idea” – Dana White on the Canelo Fight Being Held on the Same Night as UFC 268

Published 11/08/2021, 8:34 AM EST
GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


This weekend marked one of the most iconic events that ever went down in the history of mixed martial arts. UFC 268, took place on Saturday night at the historic Madison square garden and was sold out weeks in advance. The packed arena featured a total of 14 epic fights, with two championship titles on the line. 

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All thanks to UFC president Dana white, fans get to enjoy these delightful fights, on such a regular basis. This weekend wasn’t a big night only for MMA fans, but boxing fans as well. At the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, boxing legend Canelo Alvarez fought against Caleb plant to become the world’s first super-middleweight champion. 

In the recent press conference after UFC 268, the head honcho Dana White had a few thoughts to share on the Canelo fight happening on the same night as UFC 268. 

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Dana said,” I think they’re insane to go the same night as us. It literally doesn’t make sense.”He’s an a*shole (Stephen Espinoza). That doesn’t surprise me. But yeah, it was a bad idea. I think it was a bad idea and they charged like 80 bucks for it. The thing was 80 dollars. But I like Canelo, I watched the fight. I bet on Canelo. That’s why I watched the fight.

Dana White was spotted watching the Canelo vs Plant fight while sitting ringside at Madison Square Garden. While he was watching it on his tv monitor, Rose Namajunas was fighting against Zhang Weili right in front of him.

White claimed that he bet a hundred thousand dollars on Canelo Alvarez winning the fight via knockout and won the bet, as that’s exactly what happened in the boxing match.

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UFC 268: Main card results

UFC 268 was arguably one of the best cards in the history of UFC. The main card was headlined by the Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, taking on Colby Covington for the title. Usman won the fight by a unanimous decision after absolutely dominating ‘Chaos’ for five whole rounds. 

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Rose Namajunas retained her strawweight title against challenger Zhang Weili. She won the fight via a unanimous decision. Bantamweight fighter Marlon Vera beat Frankie Edgar following a beautiful third-round TKO. Shane Burgos defeated Billy Quarantillo by unanimous decision as well. Justin Gaethje beat Michael Chandler in arguably one of the most entertaining fights that UFC Has ever witnessed.

The UFC 268 event had a grand total of 1973 combined strikes thrown. This is the most in the history of the promotion. 

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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