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Dana White is famous for just saying stuff. The UFC head honcho was at it again recently in a video interview with the Wall Street Journal. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:
“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and trying to see what we could do with that,” White told Jason Gay on “The Unnamed Podvideocast.” “I could see doing that.”
First of all, “The Unnamed Podvideocast” is the ultimate “someone else come up with something” name. Secondly, while “Zuffa Boxing” was seen on several T-shirts ahead of McGregor-Mayweather, Dana White becoming a boxing promoter seems unlikely, except perhaps for future large cross-promotional opportunities. The Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather spectacle was a one-time event that only made sense because of the magnitude of McGregor’s star power. The UFC did act as co-promoter in that fight. In most cases (including that one), promoters end up paying out a lot more to their top stars in boxing because of the Ali Act, which also changes contract negotiations and gives more power to the fighters.
As far as the longevity of his current career in the WME-IMG era, White says he’s still fully invested in his job.
“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 [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,” 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.”
“No contract can keep you anywhere” is a good line. The hundreds of fighters the UFC has under contract, some of whom it engages in legal battles to keep from pursuing other opportunities, would be interested to hear that. The world is much different when you have hundreds of millions of dollars as UFC president, I suppose. You don’t have to seek other work in your area of expertise at that point. You can just go dive off your yacht all day long if you want to.
He also said, if he were to retire and pursue something else, it might be a surprise. Dana White wants to make education better in Las Vegas (though he didn’t get into the specifics of how).
“If I stopped doing this, one of the things that I would focus on is making education better in Las Vegas,” White said. “I would like to work on the schools and break down the system that’s in place now, because it’s a mess.”
White also riffed on the appeal of women’s MMA, where McGregor is at, the upcoming TV deal, and the ultimate goal of getting the UFC product on one UFC-owned platform.
Ronda Rousey’s acting career continues to go well ... not:
Have been told that there is always a chance that she is brought in for a smaller, reduced role due to Berg's relationship with Ari Emanuel— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 23, 2017
I probably wouldn’t watch more hockey if more hockey players did this, because the Internet would bring these GIFs my way. But I would appreciate it nonetheless.
Would you watch more hockey if players did this? #Supermanpunch @ELaw31 @codywinkle53 @MacMallyMMA @mmajapjunkie— CFouillard_6™ (@ChadFouillard_6) October 25, 2017
Claudia Gadelha has a new puppy!
I don’t at all believe this actually works, but placebo effects can be important and Derrick Lewis is willing to try anything to fix his back, I’m sure.
The real Jon Jones is a cool dude and this video, with the interview, is great.
.@JonJones opens up on years of receiving angry tweets meant for @JonnyBones in this hilarious parody video. Q&A: https://t.co/3L5jje22Dh pic.twitter.com/t90PMbJolZ— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) October 24, 2017
I’ve seen this with my girlfriend. Forrest Griffin might as well call in sick now.
Gonna play a drinking game where every time someone on @FixerUpperFans says shiplap I take a drink... might not make it to work tomorrow— Forrest Griffin (@ForrestGriffin) October 25, 2017
Daniel Cormier hyped to do a hype video is the most relatable thing I saw online today:
This was so cool to do. I’ve been seeing these for years. Was cool to be able to be apart of it. #brunsonvsmachida let’s go!!!!! https://t.co/UPvj3lKmU8— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 24, 2017
Brunson vs Machida.— UFC (@ufc) October 24, 2017
It's fight week in Brazil. #UFCSP pic.twitter.com/C0a8Q8KvmE
Sage is becoming self-aware ... and he evidently likes being compared to Ivan Drago (who wouldn’t, right?)
#Repost @KamuraShops pic.twitter.com/SYhTlgSArk— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 24, 2017
Kristina Williams, who broke the nose of pro boxer Heather Hardy with a headkick at Bellator over the weekend, says she learned to kick from her horses:
I love to fight, but my horses more! Where do you think I learned to kick like that? #Horses #MMA #BellatorMMA #WarhorseMMA #Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/56malkaUzA— Kristina Williams (@WarhorseMMA) October 24, 2017
Darren Till pushing Mike Perry from the rankings is poetic.
Darren Till rockets from unranked to #8 after #UFCGdansk, consequently pushing #15 Mike Perry out and causing all sort of mix-ups. pic.twitter.com/YFpFTpPWJR— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) October 24, 2017
Rashad Evans with a very large lizard or a baby dragon. Not sure which:
Some very old mixed martial arts history for you.
112 years ago today Jiu-Jitsu defeats savate as Ernest Regnier submits George Debois outside Paris. https://t.co/WO5GY7mN3r pic.twitter.com/QVdOF1w41a— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) October 24, 2017
Regnier was a good but not successful wrestler who then studied jujutsu in London with former Bartitsu instructors Yukio Tani & Taro Miyake. pic.twitter.com/rdotnBb09Z— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) October 24, 2017
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Six minutes of elbow knockouts ...
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