Professional boxer Amir Khan has expressed his desire to get into mixed-martial-arts a handful of times in 2016. Now, Khan is reportedly planning to create an MMA league in Britain next year.
According to a report from BBC, Khan is creating a team-based MMA league called The Super Fight League. The league will feature “eight teams from different parts of Britain competing in a league format.”
Khan told BBC World Service that the recent growth of MMA, particularly the success of UFC stars like Conor McGregor, inspired him to get involved as a financial stakeholder of this new promotion.
“MMA is getting bigger and bigger,” Khan said. “Fighters like Conor McGregor are making a lot of noise. MMA is hitting some high numbers on pay-per-view.”
Khan has spoken of McGregor in the past, even saying he would step into the cage for the chance to fight the Irish superstar.
“I am always going to be involved in boxing but to have my foot in the door with MMA is brilliant.
The market is massive for us. We want to reach countries like India with a population of 1.2 billion people.”
There are presently no further details regarding the immediate plans of the Super Fight League.
As far as his own career, Khan (31-4) has not fought since May, where he suffered a brutal knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez. He is currently lobbying for a grudge match with British rival Kell Brook.