After helping promote the massively hyped Mayweather-McGregor fight, UFC president Dana White says he’s getting into the boxing biz.
A lifelong boxing fan, the UFC president appeared with famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach at a speaking engagement at the trainer’s Wild Card West boxing club earlier this week. There, White said he is “getting into boxing, 100 percent.”
It’s not just talk either. According to the L.A. Times, he also said he’s in the process of getting a promoter’s license.
So, where does this leave the UFC? If you’re wondering, he’s not leaving.
Back in 2001, he convinced casino magnate Lorenzo Fertitta to buy the struggling UFC for $2 million. Last year, they sold the company to Beverly Hills talent agency WME/IMG for over $4 billion.
In the deal, White made around $400 million via the percentage points he owned in the UFC. He also agreed to remain with the company as president for at least five years. With that said, he’s not leaving, he just wants to incorporate boxing into the company’s promotional portfolio.
“No, no, no, I’m not leaving the UFC. I’m getting into boxing with [WME/IMG head] Ari [Emanuel], and the UFC will be doing boxing too,” White told the L.A. Times. “It’s still early. We’re still working on it. I’ve got to get my [stuff] together, but I’m getting into boxing, man. It’s coming.”
During the promotional tour for Mayweather-McGregor, White hinted at this, when he rocked a T-shirt that said “Zuffa Boxing.” If you’re not following, Zuffa was the parent company of UFC before it was sold to WME/IMG.