Could we see boxing promoted by the UFC one day? Dana White says it’s something that could happen.
Zuffa bought the UFC in 2001, and turned it into a viable promotion that draws millions of pay-per-view buys a year from people that are looking to watch mixed martial arts. But now that they’ve been purchased by WME-IMG, could they start promoting boxing in the future?
UFC president Dana White certainly stoked fan interest in that idea during the promotion of the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match by wearing a Zuffa Boxing shirt. And when he was asked about whether he’d ever leave the UFC to promote boxing as a guest on The Unnamed Podvideocast with The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay, he actually said they might do it themselves (transcribed by MMA Fighting):
“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and trying to see what we could do with that. I could see doing that.”
In terms of White leaving the UFC to do anything else, he said he did have a contract but that’s not why he stays:
“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.”