Dana Can’t Promise Anything To Ngannou Or Benavidez
Dana White cannot promise Francis Ngannou and Joseph Benavidez title shots.
Even though both men had resounding victories at Saturday’s UFC Minneapolis card, there are too many variables in-play that decide the fates of both the heavyweight and flyweight divisions.
“This fight has to play out first. Stipe and Cormier has to play out, who wins, how they come out of that fight, what does Cormier want to do next if he wins,” White explained when speaking on the UFC post fight show. “So there’s a lot of things that play into what’s next.
“It’s not as easy as ‘I won tonight, I’m next for the fight’ and we know this. I go through this every single time there’s a fight.”
With UFC heavyweight champion possibly retiring after fighting Stipe Miocic, or a potential Miocic-Cormier trilogy if the Cleveland firefighter gets revenge at UFC 241, White cannot make any real promises to Ngannou, who won his third straight fight inside the first round.
“It’s definitely not good for Benavidez,” White said of the flyweight challenger, as Henry Cejudo recently underwent shoulder surgery. “He’s going to be in this waiting period but I know that Cejudo came out and said he wants to defend that [flyweight] belt first. Benavidez looked good tonight. He got busted up in that first round, got two really bad cuts in really bad places. He didn’t let it get into his head and didn’t it throw his game off. Landing that nice head kick.
“Benavidez is a guy who’s been in this company a very long time, hard working guy, toes the line, does whatever he needs to do. It’s good to see him win tonight against a really tough opponent and get into the position that he’s in right now.”
Report: MMA Fighting