Three things we learned from Dana White’s UFC 279 post-fight interview.
At the UFC 279 post-fight press conference, Dana White answered questions about Nate Diaz’s future with the ufcKhamzat Chimaev’s botched weight loss and Irene Aldana’s up-kick-lever-shot knockout over Macy Chiasson.
After a wild weekend included a backstage altercation with Kevin Holland, Chimaev and Diaza canceled pre-fight press conference and Chimaev’s lack of weight leading to it the main ticket officeWhite shared his thoughts with the media.
Here are three things we learned from Dana White’s UFC 279 post-fight interview.
1. Dana White wishes Nate Diaz all the best in his future endeavors, saying, “It’s been a blast having him here.”
“Look, no matter what Nate does from now on, I mean the kid, this is his house; he’s been here forever. It’s been a great time having him here and I wish him the best,” White said of Diaz’s future with the UFC.
Diaz recently announced his new martial arts promotion, Real Fight, Inc. which will feature various martial arts events including boxing, MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also announced his intention to fight Conor McGregor for a trilogy match. Dana expressed his support and believes Diaz will always have a home with the UFC.
“He and I had this discussion in the offices months ago,” he said of Diaz leaving the UFC. “Whatever he’s up to, I wish him the best. If he starts his own organization or promotes or does anything else, I just wish him the best of luck; It was great to have him here.”
2. Dana White believes that Khamzat Chimaev may have to fight at middleweight in the future
Many questions have been asked about Chimaev’s botched weight loss and subsequent hiring.
“It’s a problem. That’s a problem that he’s missing weight. I don’t know; we have to look at it and find out. You know what makes sense is fighting for him so we’ll see,” White told reporters.
After Chimaev jeopardized the main event of UFC 279 by missing his weight by a whopping 7.5 pounds, Chimaev largely didn’t apologize, much to the dismay of many fight fans. When asked if the UFC would hold Chimaev accountable, White reiterated his belief that Chimaev’s future could lie at middleweight.
“What should I talk to him about? Should you regret it? Get smaller? I mean it is what it is. It happened. I mean we’re going to go back this week, come up with a plan and like I just said to Kevin, probably let him fight .”
3. Dana White was very impressed by Irene Aldana’s crazy up-kick liver knockout on Macy Chiasson
White also answered questions about Aldana’s wild up kick liver knockout against Chiasson.
“I didn’t realize what happened until I saw the rerun and I thought maybe she broke her rib,” White said. “That was pretty impressive.”
After Chiasson collapsed abruptly in the third round against Aldana, many fans and even the commentators didn’t immediately know what had happened. It was only after playing in slow motion that it became clear that Aldana had landed a nasty upward kick straight into Chiasson’s liver, knocking her unconscious. It is considered the first knockout of its kind in the UFC.
When asked if Aldana might be up for a title shot next, White told reporters that he actually likes Aldana. However, he did not provide a clear answer as to whether she would be eligible for a title shot next.
“We love Aldana. I don’t know what we’re going to do next…she looked amazing, she was amazing, we love her. What an incredible way to end a fight tonight and yes we’ll see what comes next for them.
Aldana, along with Diaz, Johnny Walker and Jailton Almeida, received bonuses for their performances at UFC 279.
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