It’s no exaggeration to suggest that had UFC President Dana White been successful, some of the UFC champions would have come a long way from the titles they ultimately won.
UFC President Dana White can’t pick his champions. However, if he could, he would have been looking for fighters loyal to the promotion, exciting fighting styles, and a willingness to fight anyone at all times.
UFC champions like Tyron Woodley, Francis Ngannou and Demetrious Johnson certainly wouldn’t have been Dana White’s first choice. However, if the UFC president had been able to pick his defending champions, who would he have gone for?
Here are five current UFC fighters that Dana White would like to crown as champions.
# 5. Khamzat Chimaev – UFC welterweight champion
It’s probably fair to say that UFC president Dana White doesn’t mind having Kamaru Usman as the welterweight champion.
After all, âThe Nigerian Nightmareâ has been very active since winning the title from Tyron Woodley in 2019, making four successful defenses. He’s even become a more exciting fighter in the process, achieving three direct kills in his last four fights.
It didn’t even prove difficult to work with as such. This is because he has widely accepted fights with Gilbert Burns, Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington without any real problem. However, if White was successful, the UFC welterweight champion would likely be Khamzat Chimaev.
âBorzâ burst into the UFC with three brutal back-to-back wins in 2020, immediately becoming a star with fans in the process. Prior to an unfortunate case of COVID-19, the Chechen native was apparently ready to fight any opponent on virtually no notice to advance his career in the UFC.
White has been desperate to find the next Russia-based star since retiring from UFC lightweight pivot Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2020. So it’s easy to see why he would like to crown Chimaev as his next welterweight champion.
Could Chimaev defeat Usman? It remains to be seen, but as long as White is at the helm of the UFC, it is highly likely that ‘Borz’ will have his chance at some point in the future.