UFC president Dana White finally had a good night to discuss.
For White, coming on to the post-fight show following cards can be a drain. But after the action of UFC 218 Saturday night in Detroit, he was excited.
“I’ve been excited all week,” he said. “The crowd was great and the fights delivered. I loved it.”
In the main event, Max Holloway defended his featherweight title with another third round TKO victory over former champion Jose Aldo. “Blessed” earned his 12th consecutive win when he stopped the Brazilian and his first title defense.
“Max Holloway came out and got in his face, stayed on top of him and wore him down,” White said. “He looked like an amazing champ. Wow. What a performance.”
Originally, Holloway was to face Frankie Edgar this past weekend from the Little Caesars Arena. An injury, though, knocked Edgar out and allowed Aldo to step in. “The Answer,” a former lightweight champion who has previously challenged for the featherweight belt, could be lined up to get another crack at Holloway.
White, though, remained unsure of what is next for either.
“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see how this thing plays out.”
In the co-main event, Francis Ngannou knocked Alistair Overeem out, securing himself a future date with Stipe Miocic. Ngannou connected with an uppercut that dropped Overeem and ended the fight in the first round.
“Same as everybody else,” White said. “Holy (expletive). The whole crowd was in shock. I thought he took his head off. That guy is a monster, a true heavyweight, unbelievable power and a scary dude.
“I’m pretty excited about (Miocic-Ngannou).”
Recent Ultimate Fighter coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje squared off in a lightweight encounter. After battling for two-plus rounds, Alvarez earned a TKO victory over Gaethje.
“Incredible,” White said. “That was everything I thought it would be. Gaethje taking big, huge body shots and shots to the head. It was everything it was supposed to be.”