In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dana White said there’s a possibility that the UFC will promote boxing.
“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and trying to see what we could do with that.”
White was wearing a “Zuffa Boxing” shirt during Mayweather vs. McGregor’s press tour and fight week. The UFC was an official co-promoter of the fight, along with Mayweather Promotions.
And while the Fertitta brothers, White’s long time business partners left the UFC when they sold their interest to WME-IMg in 2016, he doesn’t seem to be on his way out of the UFC any time soon
“I’m 48 years old. This is what I jump out of bed every day and I love doing. I love working with [WME-IMG co-CEO] 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… 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.”
If he ever decided to leave the UFC, don’t expect him to jump into another combat sports project, his focus would be more towards helping his adopted home of Las Vegas.
“If I stopped doing this, one of the things that I would focus on is making education better in Las Vegas… I would like to work on the schools and break down the system that’s in place now, because it’s a mess.”