Dana White Says Get Ready, There Are Going to be a Lot of World Champions Out of Latin America

August 27, 2014
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Dana-White-UFC-on-FOX-12-Post-Press-2UFC president Dana White has wanted to host an event in Mexico for a long time. He’s been literally be talking about it for years, dating back to nearly a decade ago.

“Coming here has always been a dream of mine. It’s the first place that ever made sense to me. Mexico and the U.K. were the first places that made sense to me. Obviously, it took a lot longer than I expected it to, but so did the U.K.,” said White during a UFC 180 press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday.

“The two places that I thought were the no-brainers were the two places that took the longest.”

Mexican-born fighters have a long history and reputation as gritty, hard-nosed, tough match-ups in boxing. And White believes the same will soon be said about the MMA talent currently residing south of the border.

“The baddest dudes in the world, throughout the history of the world, have come from Mexico and Latin America. Your Salvador Sanchezes, your Julio Cesar Chavezes, and the list goes on and on and on,” said the UFC president.

“In the MMA world, all those guys exist in this country right now. And you’re going to see them popping up over the next six years. You’re going to start to see Mexico dominate, like it did in boxing,” he added. “I’m a little excited about it if you can’t tell.”

Part of why White is excited is The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America debuted on Aug. 25 on television in Mexico with seven million viewers tuning in. It was the most viewed program on all of television in Mexico the day the reality series premiered, he said. The only debut episode of the reality show to do better was TUF: Brazil, which he said garnered around 10 million viewers.

Television deals are the key that unlocks a new market for the growing fight promotion, and the Mexican and Latin American market was no different.

“We couldn’t have done it without Televisa. These guys are so invested in this sport and they believe in it,” said White. “To be on this network, it’s basically like the FOX deal in the U.S. These guys are invested in building the sport. It’s huge obviously for us, but also for the people in Mexico.”

The waiting is over for White’s plans to invade Mexico, and he advises MMA fans to get prepared for Latin American fighters rising from south of the border to UFC title contenders.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said the UFC figurehead. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the baddest dudes in the history of the world have come out of Mexico and Latin America. This country is now being exposed to mixed martial arts and the UFC. Get ready baby.

“We’re going to have a lot of world champions coming out of here.”

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  • roger

    the baddest dudes in the history of the world have come out of Mexico and Latin America. That is the dumbest thing Dana white has ever said, what does that say about all the other fighters from around the world.

    • el burro

      nah, you’re giving White too much credit; he’s said worse.

    • Lucas Freire

      Gotta hype it!

  • roger

    Yea he has said worst but its the dumbest thing he has said. So I guess the ufc is mostly just a bunch of pussies from the way Dana talks but that’s OK its about time for football anyway.

  • Emanon

    The Only thing coming out of Mexico is Violence, Guns, Drugs, and illegal immigrants. He is just trying to “sell” the Mexican version of TUFF. I mean crap, even Cain is an American. I laugh because most of these dudes ARE AMERICAN… yet try to “hold onto their corrupt countries past”…. ohhh. “mexican american”. NO, you are American…. if you want to be “mexican”, GO LIVE IN MEXICO —. BUT, you won’t.. why? Cause it is trash else people wouldn’t be fleeing it by the millions…. get it?

    • Drewjitsu

      Hate mexico much ???

      • earlsimmons

        no reason to like it….

  • snapdad

    over 7 million tuned in, in mexico. so, when can we see it in America? oh yah, fight pass. I forgot, we have to pay for TUF now.

    • shakejunt

      guess what, you pay for cable/internet so it’s not like anything is free.

      everyone says they hate tuf anyway. guess we just need something to complain about.

      • George Sperry

        Then you pay twice for it.

        • shakejunt

          could always just watch this season of tuf on fox deportes. won’t be subtitled, but you’ll get to see the fights.

      • snapdad

        ive been a ufc fan for a while now. Ive never missed an event, but I cant help but to be bitter when I pay for every ppv, and now pay for events that use to be shown on tv. in the past you never had to pay extra for fight night, TUF, and prelims. and, who wants to watch it on a computer screen. so yah, as a old ufc fan, I am complaining. people like you who support this s*it and keep on suckin uncle dana’s d**k just make it worse

        • shakejunt

          listen guy.

          5 or 6 years ago there were only like 15 events a year, there’s triple that now. not only that, but a lot of the prelims were blacked out and you couldn’t see them unless you went to the event, or bought the dvd, or it somehow ended up on unleashed. a good amount of prelims are on fs1 now for free.

          there was 1 season of tuf per year, now there’s like 4.

          you can connect your computer to a tv, problem solved.

          so yes, you now have additional costs included in being a hardcore fan, but you’re also getting way more content.

          no need to get all angry, or at least use insults that are less tired.

          • snapdad

            point taken. my bad. but where I live I have slow internet, so that option is out for me. I just think as a loyal fan, I am being nickel and dimed for everything, and I think all these extra costs are going to steer the real fans away. back in the spike tv days, their were only 15 fights a year, but they were all stacked cards, which made it something to look forward to.

          • shakejunt

            yeah no worries man. i hear ya, it’s definitely a delicate balance they have going with attracting new fans and keeping the established ones entertained.

  • Jesus Gomez

    White s–t steal their land taking it back. Mexico has the best boxers In the world speed power technique and the chin. They will take over the USC also

  • hyperbole

    White’s been trying to cash in on Mexico for some time now. He slaps a Mexican flag on any fighter whose mailman has a Mexican cousin twice removed. They may have a great boxing system south of the boarder, but where will they get their ground game? White’s a pimp trying to control another tv market. It got so bad with Roger Huerta that I actually rooted against the kid and he doesn’t seem like a bad guy; he was just caught up in White’s experiment. Time will tell about the number of champions, but he better open up a few grappling shops if he’s serious about actually wanting to see them do well and not just in it for the ppv buys.

  • Danabesellin

    What are the other combat arts that the Mexican fighters will draw upon to transition to MMA? Boxing is a great skill, but it is not one of the better base disciplines to bring over to MMA because of the obvious lack of ground game and transitions.

    Are there many wrestlers, kick boxers, Judo players, BJJ practitioners, or other combat martial artists in Mexico performing a level high enough to be elite in MMA?

    • Lucas Freire

      Given the evolution of the “sport” I really don’t think it’s necessary to have a combat art to transition to MMA.

      I actually think that the “newbreed” of fighters are the guys who got into MMA training younger. See, Weidman, Jones…they both have wrestling background and for sure that’s their strongest point but under no circunstance they could be called 1-dimensional like all the old school guys who came from a specific combat arts.

      With that in mind I think they are up for a huge jump if we imagine that their kids will come to MMA with no prejudice/weaknesses from other arts. They’ll be a blank page.

  • Frank Hogan

    All the UFC champs are punchers, so these guys will do very well, they will take over the sport like they did in boxing in the years to come after they move away from boxing.

    • Just-scrap-nation

      I would say all of the champs are great strikers with a wrestling base. Every one of them started out in wrestling. So I would say they are more wrestlers than “punchers”.

      • Timothy Malone

        Well Jose Aldo is the exception. All of them started in wrestling except him.

        • George Sperry

          Aldo started in Soccer, the source of his infamous kicks.

  • Mike mckinney

    You guys are missing it. What white really means when he says you’re about to see a lot of champs come from Latin America is that he’s about to open more “jr high school weight” divisions.
    Cain was a big deal because he was the “first Mexican heavyweight champion”
    I will say this though. The UFC needs Mexico and Asia to get the lighter weight classes over. And to Mexican fans credit they are loyal to their own. American are a lot less interested in the 125lb weight division than said Mexicans.

    • George Sperry

      Thank You for using their properly. That and your/you’re seem to baffle many posters here.

  • Baller31

    Just Dana trying to hype his floundering TUF show. Who even watches that crap anymore?

  • Scooby

    Somebody explain to fat pig Dana that Latin America is a lot more than just Mexico and Brazil.