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Dana White already planning UFC event in Africa starring Israel Adesanya

If you’re going to have world domination, then you have to dominate the entire world.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is certainly on its way, after the word “domination” was first used back in 2006. To think about how far mixed martial arts (MMA) has come between then and now, it’s pretty astounding.

But the promotion is still mysteriously absent from an entire continent, though plans to break through at some point in the very near future appear to be underway, according to middleweight striking sensation, Israel Adesanya.

“It’s already in the works, we’ve been talking about it for a while,” Adesanya told ESPN. “I’ve talked to Dana (White) as well when I had my meeting with him. Eventually we’re going to have a lot of guys. Kamaru Usman is fighting for the title next; he’s a Nigerian-born fighter [and] he’s going to fight for the title next against Tyron Woodley, so he might be the first Nigerian UFC champion. But I don’t mind. I’ll be the second Nigerian UFC champion. That would be cool, to take it back to Africa.”

That will require Adesanya to win his fight against former middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. They’ll do the deed at the upcoming UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) on Sat. night (Feb. 9, 2019) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

If so, then “Last Stylebender” will be paired off with the winner of the Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum title fight, also taking place at UFC 234, though I doubt the promotion will be in Africa soon enough for that contest.

No matter, they can always sellout here.

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