Many of UFC’s biggest names draws facing uncertain futures. However, the door is fully open for a young talent to kick in the door and establish themselves. While Conor McGregor’s absence and doubtful about his next fight date, there seems to be a current lack of superstars that will banner the UFC. But president Dana White has one name in mind to take on that role.
Dana White made an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show on Friday, where he talked about the success of Conor McGregor. While also answering about who could be next in line for a superstar. Our most profitable future star? On November 4 at Madison Square Garden, you will see him fight, his name is Cody no love, very remarkable guy. For me, he will be the next superstar of UFC.
Cody Garbrandt shot to fame in the bantamweight division as a brash and fierce fighter.
Cody Garbrandt already established himself as a Knockout star. He won the Bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz on December 30, 2016, at UFC 207. He won four of six bouts via TKO manner. At UFC 217 he will be defending his 135-pound belt first time against T.J Dillashaw on November 4.
As he was netting a praise for Cody Garbrandt, Dana shows his frustration towards former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who won the UFC 214 against Daniel Cormier via Knockout in the third round but later it was stripped and overturned as he was tested positive for his drug test.
White also discussed, since then his career missed lots of good opportunities. What happened if had not failed the drug test and remained the champion:
“He’d also go down in history as probably the greatest ever, and if nothing ever happened he’d probably be fighting at heavyweight right now and who knows what could have happened? I’m in a business where when the fame happens and the money — you have to understand the crazy type of money that comes into the fight business instantly,” White said.
“Even in the NFL, they come in at a certain level, and if they become great, they have the opportunity to make millions.
“Jon Jones came in and just started making millions of dollars immediately, and he was, like, 24 years old,” White added. “And you can go back to interviews of me saying, ‘That’s great, he’s talented enough to win the belt. Can he handle the pressure and all the stuff that goes along with being a world champion? With being famous? With being rich?’ And that question got answered.”