We have seen some crossing over and intermingling in MMA sport and boxing over the past years. Big credit goes to Lightweight champ Conor McGregor and Floy Mayweather’s highly anticipated boxing match back in August. Like few other fighters Artem Lobov, Cris Cyborg and Stipe Miocic want to test their skills in a boxing ring.
UFC president Dana White recently in an interview with Wall Street Journal, there is a possibility of UFC promoting boxing in future. White asked if he will leave UFC for boxing, he said he’d been approached but like to stay where he is now.
“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and trying to see what we could do with that,” White told Jason Gay on “The Unnamed Podvideocast.” “I could see doing that.”
Dana White and other UFC personnel seen wearing a “Zuffa Boxing.” during the promotional tour for the Lightweight champ Conor Mcgregor and Floyd Mayweather boxing match in July. It seems like UFC was an official promoter of that fight and Mayweather’s promotion. Dana White said he wouldn’t be leaving UFC to promote boxing events even though his partner Fertitta brothers sold out UFC to WME-IMG last year. MMA is still his passion and will continue doing this.
“This is what I love to do,” White said. “I’m 48 years old. This is what I jump out of bed every day and I love doing. I love working with [WME-IMG co-CEO] Ari [Emanuel]. Ari and I actually get along really, really well. And then his other partner Patrick [Whitesell] is the nicest guy in the world. I couldn’t be in a better position. I couldn’t be doing it with better people. I’m good.”
“What people don’t understand is first of all, I’m still an owner,” White said. “I still have an ownership position in the UFC. And yeah, I signed a contract, but no contract can keep you anywhere. I could leave tomorrow if I wanted to. I obviously couldn’t go work for somebody else, but I could leave when I want to leave. I don’t want to leave.”
Watch his interview below:
What are your thoughts on Dana White’s comment? Are you guys interested in seeing UFC promoting boxing events in future?