Dana White Open To Competitors Crossing Over To WWE, Specifically The UFC’s Knockout King

In a somewhat surprising statement, company CEO Dana White has expressed that he is not opposed to contracted UFC fighters making the jump to WWE, specially including this past Saturday’s headlining victor Derrick Lewis.

In another highlight finish, Lewis stopped Rodrigo Nascimento in the third round of their main event contest with a nasty overhand right. This comes as a solid bounce-back win for “The Black Beast”, after suffering a loss in November to Jailton Almeida.

In the days prior to the fight, Lewis had mentioned that he is currently in talks with the WWE for a possible appearance. And following the match this Saturday, he answered some questions regarding what could be expected.

“I wouldn’t stop here at UFC, but I would like to dibble dabble in WWE,” Lewis said at the UFC St. Louis post-fight press conference. “It’s probably going to be — you remember Gold Dust? Probably something like that. As long as I get to paint my face so people don’t really know it’s me, I’m going to be a ho freak out there and be a little sassy with it.”

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Luckily, it seems that Dana White is very open to the idea of UFC fighters, taking advantage of opportunities with the professionally wresting promotion. Typically speaking, White has been resistant to his athletes fighting outside the Octagon while under contract, with the obvious exception being Conor McGregor, as the UFC took part in the promotion of his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

“Some of the fighters who fight here have always dreamed about a WWE match or whatever it is. I don’t have a problem with that. I didn’t have a problem with that when [former WWE CEO] Vince [McMahon] was f****** me for no reason. And now that that’s not the case anymore, I, obviously, would absolutely do it.”

To make matters even more interesting, White was asked specifically about Derrick Lewis making a WWE appearance, to which he seemed extremely willing to facilitate, expressing his appreciation for the heavyweight knockout king.

“I would do anything for Derrick Lewis; I really like Derrick Lewis a lot,” White said.

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