The plan for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to transition over into the world of boxing is no longer just a plan. It’s becoming a reality.
According to a recent report by Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole (shown below), Zuffa Boxing, spearheaded by UFC president Dana White, is close to signing highly-touted WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia to an exclusive deal.
If this news is in fact true it’s absolutely huge. While Zuffa Boxing was reportedly open to inking undefeated English heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to a $500 million deal, it looks like the forming boxing promotion is ready to first strike gold with Garcia.
Garcia, 30, currently holds an undefeated professional record of 38-0, including 30 knockouts and championship belts in four different divisions. As of this past April, The Ring Magazine has Garcia ranked as the fifth-best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, trailing other notable stars like Canelo Alvarez, Terrence Crawford, Gennady Golovkin, and the world-renowned Vasyl Lomachenko. Garcia most notably defeated Adrien Broner via decision last July in New York City.
While Garcia would be just the tip of the iceberg for Zuffa Boxing, it shows the promotion’s true intentions in the world of combat sports. If Zuffa Boxing can add even more premier fighters to its stable there’s no telling how big it could get.
Funny how this news surfaces just around the same time as Oscar De La Hoya’s grand MMA scheme.