HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media after the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
I have good news and bad news, depending on how you feel about Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White.
The foul-mouthed fight promoter, who's been captain of the eight-sided ship since ZUFFA took over back in 2001, isn't ready to say he's hanging up the proverbial gloves at the end of the promotion's FOX network deal.
But it's certainly on his mind.
White talked to MMA Fighting about his "seven-year plan," which includes getting his brand of mixed martial arts (MMA) in every country (and hopefully New York):
"It's not that I have this plan that I'm out in seven years. I know what the seven-year plan is with the FOX deal and I think my place in this sport and in this organization, I've always known what I wanted to do and I absolutely know that we're gonna do it in the next seven years. I know where this thing's gonna go and where it's gonna be and I think that in seven years the sport, the athletes that are competing in this sport, building all the weight classes, doing all the things that need to be done, we're gonna get this stuff done in the next seven years. The one goal that we did set out to do was to get this thing in every country. We're gonna be there in seven years. I'm not saying I'm retiring the day this FOX deal is up, or anything like that, but it is what's kinda on my mind."
Hear White talk more about his health scare and retirement plans after the jump.
Skip to 4:45 mark.
To see what prompted all the talk about his possible retirement click here.