UFC President Dana White has already stated he plans on hosting boxing events in 2018, and his plan is continuing to move forward.
White tells the Los Angeles Times that he is meeting with several key names in the boxing industry over the next couple of months to seek knowledge and advice and plan out how to get into boxing in the new year. The only key name he is known to not be meeting with is Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who has been a longtime rival of White and the UFC’s.
“I’m meeting with everybody in boxing over the next two months — not Bob Arum, no — but I just did business with those guys, with [Floyd Mayweather’s manager Al] Haymon and Mayweather and it was a very good experience, so I met with them first,” White said.
White’s first boxing promotion experience came this year courtesy of the Money Fight between Mayweather and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. The event had 4.3 million pay-per-view purchases in North America, just 300,000 less than Mayweather’s 2015 pay-per-view bout with Manny Pacquiao, and the event produced approximately $600,000 in revenue.
The UFC president recently claimed that Mayweather and the MMA promotion were in negotiations, a claim that Mayweather went on to deny. White recently talked about meeting with Mayweather and his people, and while some saw that as further proof of negotiations between the two, White later said it was all just about White’s plan to get into the boxing promotion game.
I’m just out talking to people. I’m listening. And then I’ll come up with a plan. I don’t exactly know what I’m going to do or what my place is in it. I’m taking in a lot of information right now. Just listening, meetings with the who’s who. I’m thinking of just boxing and MMA.