UFC 274: Dana White watches Canelo Alvarez during Rose Namajunas fight


Eagle-eyed fans realised something else had grabbed Dana White’s attention during a snoozefest of a fight at UFC 274 on the weekend.

Rose Namajunas’ title defence against Carla Esparza was such a snoozefest that UFC president Dana White appeared to tune into Canelo Alvarez’s clash with Dmitry Bivol.

The pound-for-pound boxing king’s unsuccessful bid to dethrone WBA light-heavyweight king Bivol was underway before UFC 274’s co-main event kicked off.

But White‘s attention seemed to deviate from the strawweight title bout due to the inactivity of both women in the five-rounder, The Sun reports.

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Photos appeared to show White flicking his head between the Canelo vs Bivol fight and the drab rematch between Namajunas and Esparza.

Fight fans were quick to comment on social media, with one saying: “Dana White is cage side watching the Canelo fight and hasn‘t even looked up at the Octagon once.”

Another said: “I feel like Rose and Carla were probably watching that fight as well cause they sure as hell weren‘t fighting.”

Another remarked: “He always does this, he always watches the screen to see if the cameramen are doing their jobs, production is right etc.”

Coincidently White, 52, was caught watching Canelo’s undisputed super-middleweight showdown with Caleb Plant during UFC 268 last November.

During Namajunas’ rematch with Zhang Weili, eagle-eyed fight fans noticed White checking out Canelo’s bid to become undisputed 168-pound champ.

Canelo himself shared a picture of White watching his fight cageside, posting it to his Instagram story with a laughing emoji.

UFC 274’s co-main event brought about the end of Namajunas’ second reign as strawweight queen.

Despite an extreme lack of activity, Esparza reclaimed the throne in a bout UFC commentator Joe Rogan branded ‘‘the stinker of all stinkers”.

White himself was blown away by the lack of action, saying in the post-fight press conference: “It was a weird fight.

“It seemed like they didn’t want to engage.

“I think there was a total of six punches thrown in the first round.

“So, yeah, that was a tough one – it happens sometimes. I started zoning out like halfway through so I don’t know (who won).”

This article originally appeared inThe Sun and has been reproduced with permission.

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