Oscar De La Hoya has taken his biggest step so far in becoming an MMA promoter, as the Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz trilogy fight is set for November 24th in Los Angeles.
And while De La Hoya is approaching MMA in a “wait and see” approach, he told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that he does not anticipate this to be a one and done affair.
“I’m excited for our first Golden Boy MMA event,” De La Hoya told ESPN. “It reminds me of the first-ever fight I did in boxing [in 2002]. I’m going to see how this one goes, but just the way I did in boxing, I plan on becoming a regular promoter of MMA. There’s no reason I should only promote one sport.”
“I’m becoming a promoter in MMA for the same reason I became a promoter in boxing… I’m sick and tired of these fighters coming up to me and saying they get paid crap.”
Fighter pay in MMA, especially in the UFC is not something made fairly public, with 28% of fighters payouts disclosed publicly in 2017, and while De La Hoya has not divulged the purse Ortiz and Liddell are getting to fight one more time, he made sure to note it will be well worth their time.
”I can’t get into the specifics of these deals, but I’ll tell you that [Liddell and Ortiz] will be making a hell of a lot more money than they have with anybody else,” De La Hoya told ESPN. “They’ll participate in revenue from PPV, gate and everything else that comes in. This will be the most lucrative fight of their careers.”
“I think this fight will be very lucrative for both guys. This is an opportunity for them to show the world they still have what it takes to fight in the Octagon. I strongly feel it’s never too late with two guys like this. Two names of this caliber, you can’t go wrong.”
Initial Report: ESPN