There has been some serious intermingling between the sports of mixed martial arts and boxing over the last year. Thats’s thanks in large part to Conor McGregor‘s blockbuster showdown with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., but also to the interest of fighters like Stipe Miocic, Jimi Manuwa, Artem Lobov and Cris Cyborg in testing their skills in the boxing ring.
From the sounds of it, UFC fighters that are interested in donning heavier gloves and stepping through the ropes might not have to go far to do so. Speaking on The Unnamed Podvideocast, UFC President Dana White suggested that the UFC could one day promote boxing matches.
“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and trying to see what we could do with that,” White said during this interview (h/t Sherdog.com). “I could see doing that.”
That said, White assured that he won’t be leaving the UFC to promote boxing matches.
“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 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.”
What do you think of these comments from Dana White? Would you be interested in seeing the UFC promote boxing matches?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/25/2017.