The UFC got their first taste of the world of professional boxing earlier this year when they promoted their first ever boxing event; as UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor made his professional boxing debut against, arguably, the greatest of all time in Floyd Mayweather.
The bout took place on August 26th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor came into the fight and took control immediately, doing a lot better than many expected him to do. Many believe Mayweather allowed him to do this in order to exhaust himself in the latter rounds.
If that was the case, it worked, because McGregor fatigued fast and suffered a 10th round TKO loss after McGregor ate a barrage of unanswered strikes. Despite the UFC's fighter not coming out on top of the contest, it was a huge financial success for them.
UFC President Dana White recently did an interview with The Wall Street Journal to talk about the boxing bout and how much success it had. After seeing the interest in McGregor vs. Mayweather, White said it's not completely out of the question that the UFC could one day be promoting boxing again (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“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.
“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.
“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.”
What are your thoughts on White teasing that the UFC could possible promote more boxing fights moving forward? Do you think this could be a mistake by the UFC? Or did the McGregor vs. Mayweather fight produce good potential in boxing promotion for the UFC? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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