Dana White discusses the UFC in 2021, Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz & more [FULL INTERVIEW] | ESPN MMA

Dana White discusses the UFC in 2021, Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz & more [FULL INTERVIEW] | ESPN MMA

UFC president Dana White sits down with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto to reflect on the promotion’s past 12 months as well as to look ahead to 2022.

0:00 UFC’s success in 2021.
1:30 Going through the pandemic was crucial to growth.
6:30 Goals for 2022 and beyond.
10:55 Reaction to Amanda Nunes’ loss to Julianna Pena.
11:54 Conor McGregor is “chomping at the bit” to return.
15:05 Outlook for Jon Jones in 2022.
17:00 Nate Diaz’s future in the UFC.
19:34 Thoughts on Nick Diaz’s return at UFC 266.
21:00 Francis Ngannou’s contract situation heading into UFC 270.
24:46 Khabib Nurmagomedov’s future with Eagle FC.
25:50 Landscape for upcoming title fights.
27:22 Pena vs. Nunes will be the biggest women’s fight of all time.

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42 Responses

  1. Andrew Lennert says:

    Love or hate Dana he’s so much better than the president/ commissioners of other sports leagues

  2. Enrique D says:

    Always love a Dana White interview

  3. mugen says:

    God bless Dana and the UFC. Had some rough times during the pandemic but always was excited for the fights.

  4. Matthew Baird says:

    When Dana said our fan base has grown 40% since the pandemic I realized why there’s been all these new supposed MMA experts in the comments giving horrible takes 😂

  5. Lakhya Jyoti Bora says:

    This looks like a therapy session with Robot Okamoto.

  6. Jr Ruiz says:

    When Dana White leaves the ufc it won’t be the same the best promoter out there 💯💯💯💯

  7. John Doe says:

    The respect he shows for nick after the rough road they had throughout nick’s career is awesome to see

    • Rick Bernal says:

      @ItsameAlex He means that Conor is easy to deal with and get fights booked. Conor was considered the ultimate company guy during his rise because he’ll fight anybody regardless of rank or timeline while Jon has always been difficult to deal with because he likes everything stacked in his favor. While that may be smart on one hand, on the other hand if you bite the hand that feeds you then you end up on the sidelines. Personally I’m always excited to see both Conor and Jon fight but there’s no secret that Dana likes dealing with Conor and dreads dealing with Jon.

    • Patrick Luther Winchester says:

      @BiggusDikus Dana White

    • Mark Reed says:

      Only because he feels sorry for him losing out 5yrs to a whack suspension, thats what put out the fire in nick diaz, dana knows it.

    • Patrick Luther Winchester says:

      @Mark Reed HE FEELS GUILTY! Stole 5 solid years from Nick Diaz

    • Mark Reed says:

      @Patrick Luther Winchester wasnt him personally was the comission but dana didnt give af he never does unless youre pulling numbers milly+

  8. Ben McReynolds says:

    This has been an unbelievable last couple year or 2. It’s awesome to see Dana and the UFC doing so good. Keep it up boys and girls!

  9. Marcus Hards says:

    I was so pumped for Gaejthe vs Chandler I had an anxiety attack during the first round because my breathing and heart rate was so screwed. Great year of fights.

  10. Struggle Games says:

    Hate him or love him gotta respect the hustle ! Been a fan since 2009 an this organization has become engraved in my life. To the point I started my own mma Instagram for fight break downs.
    Thank u dana white

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