UFC president Dana White had a lot to say after another exciting night of Dana White’s Contender Series.
It was another eventful Tuesday night at the UFC Apex for Week 6 of Dana White’s Contender Series which featured just about everything that fight fans could want to watch.
After the exciting fights, UFC president Dana White praised the fighters for their incredible performances, and also handed out four UFC contracts.
Mike Malott, Carlos Hernandez, Genaro Valdez and Fernando Garcia all earned opportunities to fight on MMA’s biggest stage.
During his DWCS Week 6 post-fight press conference, White had a lot to say about the fights as well as some of the biggest storylines in the UFC.
Dana White praises Week 6 as the best episode of the 2021 DWCS season
The 2021 season of DWCS has featured a plethora of exciting fights and plenty of wild finishes, but White thinks that Week 6 might’ve been one of the best episodes in the show’s young history.
The night began with a chaotic bout between Valdez and Patrik White which featured wild scrambles and a torrid pace. Malott capped it off with one of the fastest submissions in DWCS history, choking out Shimon Smotritsky in just 39 seconds.
White had high praise for the fights and everything that went into this week’s DWCS event.
“This was the best one yet,” White said. “It gets harder every week with all of these fights with these great fighters, and you’ve seen what they’ve done, and they just go to war. On Tuesdays, this is the place to be if you’re a fight fan.”
Week 7 features several undefeated prospects and exciting matchups that could topple Week 6’s performances.
Dana White will meet with Henry Cejudo to discuss potential comeback
Former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has recently hinted at a comeback after retiring in early 2020. Cejudo and White are scheduled to meet later this week in Las Vegas to discuss a potential featherweight title bout against Alexander Volkanovski.
But, White doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of Cejudo fighting for the featherweight title right away.
“He retired, and he’s been all of all this time and he wants to fight [Alexander Volkanovski]?” White said. “Jump the line and jump over [Max Holloway] and all of these other guys that have been there? It’s a tough conversation.”
Cejudo hasn’t fought since he defeated Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight title at UFC 249. White and Cejudo have had a complicated relationship over the years, stemming from White’s past reluctance to keep the flyweight division around when Cejudo was the champion.
It could be only a matter of time until we see Cejudo back in the UFC octagon, but it’s unclear how things could play out for his return.
Dana White praises Dan Hooker for sacrificing time away from family to take short-notice Islam Makhachev bout
It was recently announced that UFC lightweight Dan Hooker will make a quick turnaround to fight Islam Makhachev at UFC 267. Hooker recently defeated Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266 and will fight Makhachev on short notice.
White praised Hooker for stepping up to take a short-notice fight against an elite lightweight such as Makhachev.
“I have a ton of respect for him,” White said. “When [Rafael dos Anjos] fell out, he stepped up right away and said ‘I’m in, I’ll take it. Whatever you need.’ It also means he’s probably going to be away from his family for a while.”
“I’m not sure how it all worked out, but I have a ton of respect for him for stepping up on short notice, especially against a guy like [Islam Makhachev].”
Former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos was originally scheduled to face Makhachev but recently pulled out due to an injury. UFC 267 will be White and the promotion’s return to Abu Dhabi, featuring the light heavyweight title bout between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.