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Dana White spotted watching Canelo Alvarez beat Caleb Plant on cageside TV at UFC 268

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Dana White caught watching Canelo Alvarez beat Caleb Plant on cageside TV during UFC 268… but promoter rules out cross-over fight between Mexican boxer and Kamaru Usman saying: ‘Let’s stop this s***’

  • Dana White was seen watching Canelo Alvarez on TV despite being at UFC 268
  • The UFC supremo’s attention was diverted from MMA action to the boxing
  • White was there for Kamaru Usman’s victory over Colby Covington in New York 
  • The 52-year-old has cooled Usman’s desire to take on Canelo in a cross-over


Dana White was seen watching Canelo Alvarez’s boxing victory over Caleb Plant while cageside at UFC 268, before ruling out a cross-over fight between Kamaru Usman and the Mexican boxer.

Usman defeated Colby Covington to defend his UFC Welterweight Championship on Saturday night via a decision victory, on the same night Canelo confirmed his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter around by knocking out Caleb Plant.

White was seen watching the Canelo fight on a cageside TV despite having the UFC action directly in front of him in New York, with the UFC supremo revealing after Saturday night’s action that his attention was diverted to the Mexican’s fight. 

UFC chief Dana White (fourth left, far row) was seen watching Canelo Alvarez on TV at UFC 268

UFC chief Dana White (fourth left, far row) was seen watching Canelo Alvarez on TV at UFC 268

White was watching Canelo (left) become the undisputed super middleweight champion

White was watching Canelo (left) become the undisputed super middleweight champion

The 52-year-old, meanwhile, has burst a bubble in Usman’s hopes to take on Canelo is a cross-over fight in the near future, claiming that the UFC star would not want to take on the in-form boxer at the moment.

‘I watched the Canelo fight tonight,’ White told MMA Junkie on Saturday evening. ‘He don’t want to fight Canelo, he don’t want to fight Canelo. Come on, man. Let’s stop this s***. 

‘If Canelo wants to come over here, awesome fight. Those two put on an incredible performance (tonight).’

UFC Welterweight star Usman (right) has expressed a desire to fight Canelo in a crossover bout

UFC Welterweight star Usman (right) has expressed a desire to fight Canelo in a crossover bout

Usman revealed his desire to take on Canelo in a cross-over contest before the UFC 268 action got underway, claiming that he has aspirations to do something that ‘has never been done before’. 

‘Talk about legacy, look what I’ve done to this point,’ Usman said before his fight with Covington. ‘When I’m done and I walk away, guys are going to look back and say, “Wow, he was special.” Just like we’ve done with some of the greats. 

‘So if I’m looking at legacy, I want to do something that’s never been done before. These guys don’t really scare me anymore.

White (left) has burst Usman's bubble, claiming the UFC star would not want to fight Canelo

White (left) has burst Usman’s bubble, claiming the UFC star would not want to fight Canelo

‘Of course, there is the fear of myself and not competing and not looking the way that I want to look but what scares me is since when have we ever seen pound-for-pound in both combat sports [fight in] their prime? We’ve never seen that. 

‘Wouldn’t the world love to see that? I know I would.’

Canelo, meanwhile, did not have much to say about a potential clash with Usman, with the Mexican boxer – who is now the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world – revelling in the idea of a massive ‘payday’ in the cross-over fight.  

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