While addressing the only female MMA fight of the evening White was then asked by reporter Ariel Helwani if he had ever heard of Holly Holm.
In his response White admitted that he had never seen Holm (5-0) fight and has no idea what Holm looks like but understands there is a buzz around her which he compared to current UFC featherweight Conor McGregor of Ireland. (McGregor is currently 2-0 in the UFC and is sidelined for the time being with an ACL injury.)
For months White was inundated with tweets and messages from fans who urged White to sign McGregor. It appears that same sentiment is being expressed by UFC aficionados for Albuquerque’s Holm.
In August, at a regional MMA event hosted by Holm’s gym, Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby was on hand to scout talent on the card. Shelby was also seen having a lengthy discussion with Holm and her long-time trainer Mike Winkeljohn.
Here’s the transcript from White’s media scrum when addressing the Holm question.
Holm questions begin at 31:23.
Ariel Helwani: Have you heard anything about Holly Holm?
Dana White: I have. You’re like the f***ing billionth person that’s asked me about, Holly Holm. I was on – where the hell was I? I was on the street the other day and some guy goes “Hey! Sign Holly Holm!” I’m like yeah I know, everybody is telling me.
I haven’t seen her fight but I keep hearing about her. She’s like the female Conor McGregor. I thought Conor McGregor was a heavyweight when I kept hearing about him for some reason I don’t know why I did but I did and Holly Holm I don’t know what she looks like I’ve never seen her fight but I know who she is.
Ariel Helwani: Have you asked (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby about her?
Dana White: They know. They know who’s next. When it’s time for Holly Holm, they’ll let me know.