UFC President Dana White and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum are not very fond of one another. When asked about each other by the media, it’s likely that they will both come out with some scathing remarks directed at one another.
The tune has not changed as Arum spoke with the media after the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux card in New York. Arum was asked about White’s plans of getting into boxing promotions and the Top Rank CEO fired away with another boxing vs. MMA fueled response.
“If Dana White started promoting boxing, it would be terrific,” Arum stated (transcribed by Milan Ordoñez for Bloody Elbow). “Because it would show what we have now proven that boxing is not an old man’s sport, that our demographics are young. We’ve been up against them twice, and we’re up against them now for the third time, but a leveled playing field. Free television (on) ESPN, free television (on) FOX and FS1, and a lot of kids don’t have premium television because they can’t afford $15 a month.”
“So when we have a leveled playing field, we beat the pants off them, not only just overall rating but the demographics that everybody is looking for.”
When asked another question about White, Arum cut the media member off and threw a verbal jab directed at the UFC boss.
“Who gives a sh-t about White, he’s a piece of crap,” Arum exclaimed.
“It’s an acknowledgment how strong boxing is. He has the UFC that’s cratering, and he needs boxing to save himself.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/11/2017.