Africa likely to have a UFC Performance Institute soon
UFC President Dana White has hinted that he will soon set up an MMA facility in Africa where the upcoming MMA talents can hone their skills to make it big in the UFC. White said: “Yeah, we always believed that this would be big globally, that we could create talent from all over the world. But, you know what makes sense? Africa is finally catching up and coming in. I’m going to build a [Performance Institute] over there.”
The main UFC facility is in Las Vegas and a PI was set up in Shanghai a while ago. It seems like Nigeria will be first the African country that will get to have a UFC PI soon.
“Anytime you find a place where people grow up in hard times you are going to find talented, incredible not just fighters but athletes of all kinds,” White added. “The question is, what resources do they have to train, to learn, and things like that? I’m going to build a PI over there and I’ll tell you what, you’re going to see some bad dudes coming out of Africa over the next five, six years.”
The UFC boss seems impressed with the Africa-based fighters, three of whom are crown holders in his organization. Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou have Nigerian roots. This is also the first time in UFC’s history that three African fighters are titleholders at the same time. Usman and Adesanya in particular have been UFC’s cash cows in their respective divisions and are close to Dana White.