UFC president Dana White's damning rant about the state of boxing

  • Tom Ward

UFC president Dana White unleashed another furious rant about boxing branding it ‘a broken business’ from top to bottom.

The MMA promoter is well known for his strong views on the state of the sport having previously dipped his toes into the water to help promote Floyd Mayweather‘s crossover fight with Irish superstar Conor McGregor.

It saw him team up with Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza – an experience neither of them particularly enjoyed despite it being one of the most successful pay-per-views of all time.

White, a former boxercise instructor himself, had long planned to make a move into the boxing business as a promoter.

However, he has apparently thought better of it, after describing it as ‘an absolute nightmare to try to fix’.

White told Blockasset: “Every time I try to think about doing something with boxing, I go: ‘Why would I want to do this to myself?’”

“You know what I mean? Why would I even want to dive into this nightmare?

“That’s why I haven’t really done anything. It’s a broken business that is an absolute nightmare to try to fix.”

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A few months ago, he appeared on The Pivot Podcast with former NFL stars Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder and offered some strong thoughts on the subject of UFC fighter pay.

White said: “One of the big problems with boxing too, is that all those f****** guys are overpaid, and every time they put on a fight, it’s a going-out-of-business sale.

“We’re just trying to get as much f****** money as we can from you guys, and then we’re out of here. We’ll see you in three years.

“You can’t build a league like that. You can’t build a sport. You can’t have 750 fighters under contract, making money, feeding their families every year, with that kind of mentality.

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“It doesn’t work. You have to run a business. We built a business model where, if you’re the champion, you share in the pay-per-view revenue.

“If you’re the guy headlining the card, or there’s been some special occasions where we know you’re bringing in the money, too, and you’re a big draw so you, too, get to share in the pay-per-view revenue. You eat what you kill.

“The truth is, you get some of these guys that – you can walk in and say, ‘I want $30 million dollars.’ Okay, based on what? I do too.

“Give me $30 million. We all want $30 million, but based on what? And you’re never going to have the guys on the other side worrying about the business of the sport.”

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