HOUSTON – Dana White thinks he couldn’t have scripted it better if he tried.
“It’s badass,” White said at a UFC 265 submit-fight news conference Saturday. “What I worship is once we were going into this fight, I was telling everyone and it’s absolutely moral. You have two of the greatest conceivable heavyweights on the earth struggling with each assorted. You have the fellow who beat Francis Ngannou, moral? And a guy who is undefeated with all the backstory that you correct said, moral? This fight acquired a lot of heat. It created a lot of passion. Ciryl Gane goes out tonight. He seems to be implausible.”
There are multiple layers to the approaching matchup between the UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and intervening time titleholder Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC). They are former training partners and have ties to France, a country with low excessive-level mixed martial arts representation.
While it may sound worship a storyline out of professional wrestling, it’s not. It’s real life – and the UFC president isn’t complaining about the foreseen promotability, especially with mixed martial arts now legal in France.
“Adore he said earlier, we’ve been working a long time on getting France,” White said. “France is start now and we correct acquired a TV deal in France. Right here we are. What you always want to accomplish whenever you either gain fighters or gain fights or save on fights is you want to have the greatest conceivable guys struggling with each assorted that you probably can. It doesn’t accept any better than this. You couldn’t write it. You couldn’t script it. F*cking Vince (McMahon) couldn’t have wrote a better script for this total factor. It’s beautiful.”
Gane defeated “The Black Beast” Derrick Lewis via third-round TKO within the UFC 265 main occasion Saturday. The recall earned Gane the intervening time title, which was implemented after Ngannou declined to fight on the UFC’s supplied timeline of his first title protection and requested an extra few weeks.
As not too long ago as Friday, Ngannou said he had not heard from the UFC as to when he would fight the winner of Saturday’s main occasion. Then again, after UFC 265, Ngannou indicated he plans to return “soon” – a sentiment White echoed within the submit-fight news conference.
UFC 265 took place Saturday at Toyota Heart. The main card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-stare after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
Test out White’s chunky UFC 265 submit-fight news conference within the video above.