UFC 261: Dana White reveals plan for UFC to head to Africa for its debut in 2022

Dana White reveals plan for UFC to head to Africa for its debut in 2022, with the continent producing three world champions in Kamaru Usman, Francis Ngannou and Israel Adesanya

  • Plans to take the UFC to Africa appear on track for 2022, Dana White revealed
  • Africa is yet to host a UFC event and White is keen to take the company there
  • Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou are all African-born stars
  • Cape Town in South Africa has been mooted as a potential fight destination 
  • REPORT: Usman produces devastating knockout win to defeat Jorge Masvidal 

The UFC will head to Africa for its debut in 2022, promoter Dana White has revealed. 

After Nigerian supremo Kamaru Usman successfully defended his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261, White was quizzed on whether he was still pressing to take the company to Africa.

‘2022,’ was White’s swift reply. 

The UFC boasts three African born champions right now with Usman alongside middleweight Israel Adesanya (Nigeria) and heavyweight Francis Ngannou (Cameroon).   

Francis Ngannou is the heavyweight champion of the world having defeated Stipe Miocic recently

Kamaru Usman (left) and Francis Ngannou (right) are two African UFC world champions

Israel Adesanya is the king of the middleweight division and he is from Nigerian descent

Israel Adesanya is the king of the middleweight division and he is from Nigerian descent 

Talk of taking the UFC to Africa have been around for some time and White recently went into detail about his desires to pull it off in 12 months’ time. 

Speaking on the Bill Simmons Podcast he said: ‘One of the many monumental times in my career, but one of the things that I’ve always wanted to do is have a fight in Africa. 

‘The Ali-Foreman ‘Rumble in the Jungle,’ all that stuff I remember growing up, I haven’t had mine yet. But it’s coming. 

‘We’re looking Africa in 2022, so I’m really looking forward to that.’ 

Dana White has revealed the plans to take his UFC company to African territory for 2022

Dana White has revealed the plans to take his UFC company to African territory for 2022

Back in 2019 Ottman Azaitar and his brother Abu were campaigning to have Morocco included on the UFC map.

The two fighters were pushing hard to see the North African territory make history as UFC’s first African fight venue but the plans for 2022 remain unclear.   

South Africa, which hosted the 2010 football World Cup, is seen as a contender while there is also suggestions that the success of Usman and Adesanya could see a blockbuster fight in Nigeria.  

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