During the promotion of the heavily hyped Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match this summer, UFC President Dana White could be seen sporting a Zuffa Boxing T-shirt on multiple occasions.
“The Money Fight” was not a UFC event, but the Las Vegas-based organization did apply to be a co-promoter after initially ceding those duties solely Mayweather Promotions. By most any account, the event was a massive success. While White doesn’t envision a scenario where the UFC promotes a mixed card feature both boxing and MMA bouts, a boxing card promoted by the UFC seems feasible down the road.
“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and trying to see what we could do with that,” White said during an interview on the Wall Street Journal's The Unnamed Podvideocast. “I could see doing that.”
However, White doesn’t see himself leaving the UFC to work solely in the Sweet Science in any scenario.
“This is what I love to do,” White said. “I’m 48 years old. This is what I jump out of bed every day and I love doing. I love working with [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.”
White reportedly owned nine percent of the UFC before Zuffa sold the company to WME-IMG for $4 billion. For remaining in his role as UFC president, White reportedly receives nine percent of the organization’s net profits. White told the Wall Street Journal that he still maintains an ownership stake in the UFC, as well.
“What people don’t understand is first of all, I’m still an owner,” White said. “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.”