UFC President Dana White has been vocal in his interest to venture into the boxing business.
In December 2018, the promotion’s head honcho made a tiny step as the UFC signed a multi-year partnership with Roy Jon Jones Boxing Promotions.
As part of the deal, the UFC Fight Pass will live stream over 70 professional boxing events in the next three years.
”Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions will give us competitive, compelling fights to stream to our FIGHT PASS subscribers around the world,” stressed UFC Dana White, per Bloody Elbow.
“This agreement allows us to enhance our roster of combat sports while partnering with one of the legendary fighters of all time.”
Some fans see this as a first step in building the foundation of Zuffa Boxing.
White has provided an update on this venture in a recent interview and said he is going to make more steps after the summer.
Then in his latest tweet, the UFC president posted a photo of him and boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, meeting in Las Vegas.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) October 27, 2017
Is White Collaborating With Hearn?
The two of the most powerful and biggest names in the combat sports world met at a gym in Las Vegas.
Both White and Hearn uploaded the photo on social media, which had fans speculating of a potential collaboration between the two promoters.
White lives in Las Vegas while Hearn is there to promote Daniel Jacobs, who is slated to fight Canelo Alvarez this Saturday.
The UFC president has expressed his interest in promoting Hearn’s biggest client, Anthony Joshua.
“I would like that.”
“Right now, Anthony Joshua should be a huge star in the United States too. But he’s not.”
“[Fighting in New York on June 1st] isn’t necessarily going to turn you into a big star. Hopefully, it does.” (Quotes from Bloody Elbow)
Check out White’s intriguing Twitter post below.
Are the two promoters teaming up?
Uh Oh!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/juGzKKRg6c
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 29, 2019
White Pushing For Zuffa Boxing Arrival
White revealed to CNN his plans on the Zuffa Boxing.
He said more moves will be made after the summer in a bid to get his boxing business off the ground.
“When this summer is over, you’ll be hearing a lot about what I’m doing in the sport of boxing,” said the outspoken UFC chief.
White also gave his take on the recent disorder in the boxing’s heavyweight division, which has three of the biggest stars in the sport – Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, and AJ.
“What I don’t like what [boxing] is doing if how they’re not fighting the best guys out there right now,”
“They have [Deontay] Wilder and [Tyson] Fury who just fought to a draw in an incredible fight that people loved.”
“The rematch isn’t happening with those two, and neither one of those two are going to fight Joshua.”
“These guys could do a round-robin fight, fight each other.”
“You know, both guys could fight Joshua, and they’d kill it.”
“They’d make so much money and they would bring so much energy and life back to boxing.”
“But these guys just keep shooting themselves in the foot.”
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