Dana White to keep Mexican Independence Day tradition going: “I’ll go into an opposing arena and go head-to-head”

By Zain Bando - September 20, 2023

Despite being on vacation, UFC CEO Dana White was plugged into the rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko.

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Although the fight was declared a split draw, White, 54, is keen on seeing the trilogy in 2024. So much so that he is already planning future installments of Noche UFC in the years to come.

Speaking to the media after Week 7 of Season 7 of Dana White’s Contender Series, White pulled no punches when discussing taking the Mexican Independence Day date (Sept. 16) away from boxing.

In previous years, the annual event has been reserved for events featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

”I will get that date every year from now on,” Dana White said.

Dana White added preferential treatment as a non-concern, guaranteeing an event would occur every year regardless of whether the fights occur at T-Mobile Arena, where Grasso-Shevchenko 2 was held.

”I don’t care if somebody here in town gets the date at the arena,” White said. “I’ll go into an opposing arena and go head-to-head with them next year. I’m doing this for the rest of my reign here.”

White said it doesn’t matter who the UFC is competing against, either boxing or otherwise.

”[Noche UFC] was a massive success for us,” White said. “This is something I’ve been thinking about since the day we bought this company. All my chips are all-in on Mexico.”

The event marked the 16th event in 17 weekends for the UFC. After hosting another Fight Night event on Saturday between Rafael Fiziev and Mateusz Gamrot from the UFC APEX, the promotion will go on hiatus before rounding out the last half of the 2023 schedule.

Grasso and Shevchenko’s fight-of-the-year-like performance could start a new tradition for Mexican MMA fans.

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