If things go the way UFC President Dana White envisions them, 2018 could be one of the promotion’s biggest years to date.
Despite White hailing 2017 as the most financially successful year in UFC history, many fans and media members believed it was a down 12 months for the world’s leading MMA organization. Big things could be ahead, though, if White’s hopes deliver.
White conducted an interview with TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter following today’s UFC 220 weigh ins in Boston and was asked for his thoughts on the odds of some of the organization’s biggest stars stepping into the octagon this year.
From Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) to Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) to Jon Jones (21-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) and even Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) and Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC); White feels good about the year to come.
Check out the transcript below and the complete interview above:
Will (Georges St-Pierre) return to the UFC in 2018? Yes is +150. No is -200.
White: “I’m going to make a lot of money. I’m going to say yes at +150.”
Will Ronda Rousey fight in the UFC in 2018? Yes is +800. I’m giving you 8-1 odds, and No is -1000.
White: I’m going to take no at -1000.
Will Brock Lesnar fight in the UFC in 2018? Yes +500 and No -700.
White: I’m going to take the odds again and say yes.
Will Jon Jones fight in the UFC in 2018? Yes +150 and No -170.
White: I’ll take the yes at +150.
Will either Diaz brother, not both Diaz brothers, fight in 2018? Yes is +130, but no is -155.
White: Those are horrible odds. I’m going to go with the yes at +130.
UFC is kicking off its 2018 pay-per-view calendar with a bang. Saturday’s UFC 220, which features two championship fights, marks the promotion’s first big event of the year. With more, such as March’s UFC 222 and April’s UFC 223, on the horizon, White feels the year is off to a great start.
“This first quarter of the year, if these two fights hold together, will be the best quarter in any year in the history of the company,” White said.
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