While Alex Pereira called out Israel Adesanya following UFC 295, promotion President and CEO Dana White has another name in mind for the newly-crowned light heavyweight champ.
Speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press at Saturday’s UFC 295 post-fight press conference, White pointed out that the pair were now in different weight classes. And it’s a certain former champion that appears to be next.
“Jamahal Hill, when he’s ready, is the fight to make,” White stated.
Hill vacated the UFC light heavyweight championship, like Prochazka before him, after rupturing his Achilles tendon earlier this year. In terms of his recovery progress, White said only that “apparently it’s good.”
Asked later in the post-fight presser what he would say to fans who want a third UFC fight between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya, Dana White replied saying that “listen, anything is possible. Alex moved up a weight class. I don’t see Izzy moving up a weight class. But I don’t know. I’m sure people do want to see it again. I don’t know the answer to that question yet. We’ll see when Izzy comes back what he wants to do, where his head is.”
“Whatever he wanted to do, if he wanted to move up and fight Pereira again, we’d probably do it. Probably give him a fight at that weight first, if he wins, then give him a shot. I wouldn’t say that we would never do it.”
Watch the full UFC 295 post-fight press conference with Dana White above.