Dana White Wants To Build UFC Performance Institute In Africa After COVID Situation Improves
UFC President Dana White has reaffirmed his commitment to nurture the raw MMA talent in Africa once the coronavirus outbreak is under control globally.
Francis Ngannou, who was born in Cameroon, is the reigning heavyweight champion whereas Nigeria-natives, Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya, are ruling the welterweight and middleweight division, respectively.
In a recent interview, White explained how he envisions making Africa a hub of the MMA.
“I have a lot of plans in Africa, not just to fight over there, but to open a couple of performance institutes and start cultivating some talent from that. When Conor became champion in Ireland, it exploded in Europe and now with Usman, Adesanya, and Ngannou, it’s blowing up in Africa. When everything gets back to normal, we can get over to Africa,” he added.
The reason White is eager to find talented MMA stars in Africa is because of their passion.
“My goal is to get kids off the street and into the gym. The amount of unbelievable talent that’s going to come out of there is going to be insane. You have to have these guys that are hungry – and Africa is full of guys that are hungry,” he continued.