Dana White reveals the two fights he wants to book in 2022
UFC President Dana White has revealed which two potential fights he wants to book the most in 2022.
With a slew of high-profile stars, rivalries and stylistic matchups on fans’ minds each year, the role of White and UFC matchmakers can’t be easy. But despite hosting over 10 weight classes that comprise a total roster of over 600 fighters, some future fights definitely stand out.
That’s certainly the case for the UFC president, who recently revealed the top two fights he hopes to put on at some point this year during a recent appearance on BT Sport Live Fight Week in London.
“Well, let’s give Leon (Edwards) his (title) fight, it would be great to do that,” White said. “But the other, it would be nice to see Jon Jones again this year. He says he wants to fight heavyweight. I would like to have a fight against Jon Jones at heavyweight this year if possible.
Jon Jones, a former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion and arguably the main contender in the race for GOAT status, hasn’t been in action since a successful title defense against Dominick Reyes in February 2020.
After vacating the title and targeting gold in a second division, Jones went to work in the gym, looking to bulk up and move up to heavyweight. But after a monetary dispute with the UFC and yet another run-in with the law, “Bones” is still on the sidelines. White clearly hopes to change that in the coming months.
Edwards, meanwhile, has firmly staked his claim for a welterweight title shot of Kamaru Usman with an active 10-fight unbeaten streak. In his last appearance, “Rocky” comfortably beat fan favorite Nate Diaz on the scorecards at UFC 263.
Ahead of UFC London this week, White, who traveled to Edwards’ home country for Saturday’s event, reiterated that the Englishman is next for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, potentially during International Wrestling Week in July.
Successful PPV fights lined up in 2022
If Usman vs. Edwards 2 and Jones’ heavyweight debut are agreed for later this year, they will only add to what is already a stacked pay-per-view lineup in 2022.
So far we’ve seen Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane collide in a heavyweight unification showdown, Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker share the Octagon for the second time, and Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal take their bitter feud in the cage.
Next up on the PPV schedule is UFC 273 on April 9. In the top two places, gold will be on the line. First, the heated feud between bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and interim titleholder Petr Yan will finally be settled. Then, headlining the event, Alexander Volkanovski will put his belt on the line against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.
At UFC 274 on May 7, Charles Oliveira will be looking to continue his reign atop the lightweight mountain. In his own way, Justin Gaethje, coming out of a FOTY-worthy war with Michael Chandler. In the co-main, Rose Namajunas will put her title on the line in an eight-year rematch against Carla Esparza.
Opening the summer schedule will be UFC 275, which is set to host a light heavyweight collision between veteran champion Glover Teixeira and unpredictable brawler Jiří Procházka. Dominant female flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko is also expected to be in action at the event, which is destined for Singapore. The next challenger in his long reign will be Brazilian Taila Santos.
Add Usman’s next defense and Jones’ return to the mix shortly after, and it’s a pretty good schedule…
What fight do you most want to see happen before the end of 2022?