Dana White He has waited for years to catch the Mexican fans. A market that he has mentioned “keeps boxing alive” by buying tickets and tickets to see his figures, such as Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, which today is the greatest figure in that discipline.
Having the first Mexican-born champion in Brandon Moreno is a key step in bringing in those fans of combat sports, who are not yet hooked on mixed martial arts: “There is a lot of room to grow in Mexico, not just with talent. but with the fans and he is a great guy to do it. Nobody supports his people like the Mexicans, when you do well in Mexico in any sport, but especially in the fights, the Mexicans will follow and support you. If he stays, as Canelo has done, I think he will be a great star, “he said in an interview with ESPN Sports.
Moreno has been a champion for just three months, but his work as a sports ambassador has been grueling. Visits to Mexico where he met President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the media, content creators on social networks and even with boxers who recognize him as their countryman Erik ‘Terrible’ Morales and Canelo himself, who opened the doors of his gym to give him some advice.
In addition, thanks to the fact that he moved to Las Vegas, he has been one of the main figures in autograph signings and outreach with fans in the last three Pay-Per-View cards, work that White praises, as it is not always easy to work with the fans. champions.
“I love it. I have been waiting for a true champion born in Mexico, he is, he is a great boy and I am waiting to see how this works in Mexico,” he added.
Moreno now has the third fight with Deiveson Figueiredo scheduled for December 11 at UFC 269, after another Brazilian Alexandre Pantoja signed up as the Tijuana native’s first rival: “Something happened to him, I don’t know if he was injured, but he couldn’t Fighting. Moreno wanted a rematch, they both wanted a rematch, it made sense so we did it, “he explained.
As for the fight between Yair Rodríguez and Max Holloway for the month of November, he hopes to be able to announce it soon, but he assures that they are in the last details and he is working on something for Irene Aldana, since the Sinaloan was going to fight with Germaine de Randamie in New York at UFC 268, but the Dutch injured for the second time
“We still don’t know the answer, it depends on what she wants to do, wait or fight. She is another good one, she fights like a dog, she is very tough and I think that a few years ago many people did not believe in her, but she worked hard and is in that position now, “said the president, who assures that the fact of having failed on the scale in his last fight will not affect his future aspirations to the championship, where he has no doubt that Amanda Nunes will reach one hundred percent and fight Julianna. Peña, but does not rule out having a substitute in December.
Finally, expect Alexa Grasso to continue to show growth at 125 pounds in her fight against Joanne Calderwood on November 20:
“We have had high expectations for her since she arrived, she was developing. Besides the division change, I don’t know if she made the decision to take this sport more seriously. Her condition, her body, she looks much better in the last fights and her performance has been incredible, so it will be fun to see how it goes, “he confessed about the Jalisco.
The logistical challenges and travel restrictions continue to complicate the intentions of taking an event to Mexico or any other country other than Abu Dhabi and although he would like Moreno to defend his belt soon in his country, he knows that it is something that cannot be guaranteed: ” for now we are focused on solving the trip to New York, we still cannot assure anything about more international billboards, “he explained.
The UFC has scheduled three payouts per event before the end of the year UFC 267 on October 30 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, UFC 268 on November 6 at Madison Square Garden and they return to the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next December 11 with UFC 269.