UFC president Dana White is in no rush to book a third fight between strawweight stars Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas. Esparza defeated Namajunas for a second time to claim the promotion’s strawweight belt in the co-main event of UFC 274 in Phoenix, Arizona, with a split decision win. But the fight was almost completely devoid of action, and panned by cage-side commentators as one of the worst in UFC history. White did not enjoy it any more than the broadcast team did. 🗣 BY SPLIT DECISION! @CarlaEsparza1 is the NEW SW champion of the world 🏆 [ #UFC274 | Live on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/cbSgXTfJoR ] pic.twitter.com/DmbxaVdj5K — UFC (@ufc) May 8, 2022 “It was a weird fight,” the UFC president said at the event’s post-fight press conference. “It seems like they didn’t want to engage. I think there was a total of six punches thrown in the first round, so that’s a tough one. It happens sometimes.” The fight’s total lack of decisive moments made it very difficult to score, but White admits he did not pay enough attention to the action to have an opinion on the judges’ decision. “I don’t even know [who should have won],” he said. “I started zoning out halfway through it, so I don’t know.” UFC: Rogan on McGregor fighting Chandler – ‘take my money’ Heading into UFC 274, the 29-year-old Namajunas (11-5) was fast on her way to becoming the greatest strawweight of all time. Based on that, and the bizarre nature of her loss to Esparza (19-6), there is an argument to be made for a third fight between the pair. Yet White has no plans to book it – though he acknowledged that Namajunas remains one of the division’s top contenders. “I don’t think anybody’s clamouring for that rematch so we’ll have to figure something else out,” he said. “Listen, Rose is one of the best, she’s always going to be there. We’ll see what happens.” With a trilogy seemingly off the table, all signs point to the winner of a June 11 rematch between former champions Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk getting the next crack at the title. White seemed to confirm that plan. “When that fight happens, 100 per cent [we’ll know],” he said. Meanwhile, White hinted feather champion Alexander Volkanovski may have the opportunity to become a two-division champion should he continue to dominate his division. UFC announced Volkanovski will face former champion Max Holloway for a third time at UFC 276 on July 2. White did not hesitate for a moment when asked about the Australian’s goal of moving up to lightweight in search of a second championship. “If he continues to win and dominate in [the featherweight division] and he wants to move up to [lightweight] he can take on the champion,” White said. “Champion versus champion.” White sees the third fight as an opportunity for the 33-year-old Australian to silence his doubters, who are sparser than ever after his stoppage win over “The Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-sung at UFC 273 last month. “I don’t know if there’s any questions about him now,” White said. “That guy, after his last performance [against Jung], he looked unbelievable, unstoppable. It’s one of those things. As you continue to win, and you continue to feel comfortable in there, and you feel like this is your house, you only get better.” After capturing the featherweight title with a win over Holloway, Volkanovski has defended it in a rematch with Holloway and a pair of wins over Brian Ortega and Jung.