Dana White updates on Khamzat Chimaev, Tony Ferguson, Stipe Miocic, event locations, more
Ahead of UFC 264, Dana White offered updates on various fighters.
On Tuesday, White spoke with UFC Arabia on the returns of Khamzat Chimaev, Tony Ferguson, Stipe Miocic, Nick Diaz, and other members of the lineup, consisting of upcoming title defenses for particular champs. The UFC president likewise exposed the place for UFC 266, along with the current on UFC Battle Night in London.
UFC 264 occurs Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The primary card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
Have A Look At the Q&A with Dana White prior to UFC 264 by scrolling through the products listed below:
What’s next for Tony Ferguson?
“We are talking about a fight for Tony right now. I can’t remember what it is, though, but Tony will fight again before the end of the year.”
Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington will happen in 2021
“Covington is the No. 1 contender, and I agree with you: I love the Burns-Thompson fight. It’s a very, very good fight, fun fight, but will not be for the No. 1 contender. “There’s a number of dates we’re taking a look at (for Usman vs. Covington), so absolutely nothing’s done yet, however we’re dealing with it.”
With Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane, where does that leave Stipe Miocic?
“This is the battle that makes good sense (Lewis vs. Gane) today and once again, Stipe after that battle (Ngannou), he’s getting up there in age, he requires a long time to recuperate after battles like that, so I believe it’s a best situation. You got Lewis who beat Francis, Ciryl Gane who is among the up-and-coming men, unbeaten. They defend the interim heavyweight champion and the winner will deal with Francis, and after that the winner of that will most likely wind up dealing with Stipe.”
Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez
“I do not understand if we’re gonna rebook that. I can’t respond to that concern regrettably. I do not understand yet.”
Nick Diaz latest
“We have nothing done yet, but I’m still optimistic. Listen, if he’s gonna fight again, it’ll be this year or never. There’s been communication, but there’s been nothing done yet.”
The return of Khamzat Chimaev
“We’re looking at him in October, too. He could fight anybody. At one point we had him fighting Leon Edwards. He could fight anybody, so I do not understand. Obviously Neil Magny is one of the guys that’s out there because of all the sh*t talk between the two of them, however we’ll see.”
Future of the UFC Apex?
“We’re still doing battle nights at the Apex. We’re talking about possibly doing VIP packaging for people to come in and watch those fights, so we’re working on a few different things with the Apex, however we like being here at the Peak.”
Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan rematch
Yes, absolutely (that will be scheduled). Most likely a long time in October.”
Is Lauren Murphy next for Valentina Shevchenko?
“She is, and we wanted to make that fight. We were gonna do that fight, and Lauren wasn’t ready. Lauren said, ‘I want a real, good, proper training camp to get ready for her,’ so I don’t know when we’ll get that fight done, but we tried to make that fight already.”
Demian Maia’s future with the UFC
“I love Demian. He did finish his career in the UFC. He did. How old is Demian right now, 42, 43? At one point at the start of his last however many fights, he was ranked in the top five I think. Now he’s down around 11? It’s time to wrap it up.”
UFC London on Sept. 4?
“I don’t know yet. We’re still working on all that. … We want to go to London, yeah.”
UFC 266 place
“UFC 266, yeah that’s Vegas … T-Mobile.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.