If Dana White and Charles Darwin were to enter a conversation, what would they talk about?
No, not how Khabib Nurmagomedov defies all logic in being able to wrestle bears in his native Dagestan, nor Israel Adesanya’s cat-like reflexes in eluding all manner of opponents.
The UFC supremo and the naturalist are likely to concur in their approach to change. It was Darwin who famously said that ‘it is not the strongest or most intelligent animals that survive, but those who can best manage change’.
The past year has proved a lesson to sports chiefs the world over that those who can best adapt to change will not just survive, but thrive too. For White, the UFC has managed to react sharply to the wrecking ball that is coronavirus in hosting regular events despite the pandemic.