UFC President Dana White has indicated that his company is going to move forward with their plan to stage boxing events in 2018.
Back in August, White was a big part of the promotion for the cross-sport boxing match between comebacking Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the UFC's biggest superstar, Conor McGregor.
On Tuesday, White told The Los Angeles Times - “I am getting into boxing, 100 percent. It’s still early. We’re still working on it. I’ve got to get my [stuff] together, but I’m getting into boxing, man. It’s coming. We still have to get some homework done. I feel like I can do it better than everyone else. I love the sport.”
The UFC executive also advised the paper that he's currently in the process of securing a promoter's license for boxing.
White believes the UFC can elevate boxing in the same manner that it elevated Mixed Martial Arts and made it a mainstream sport.
In a recent interview, White explained that boxers will be better suited to fight under the UFC as opposed to large boxing promoters like Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.
White believes that a lot of boxers will head to the UFC once they see how things are handled by his company, and he detailed the numerous perks that are in store for boxers who go across the street to fight for the UFC.
“I just know how good we are at what we do, and I know we’re better than pretty much everybody else out there,” White said to Jim Rome's Podcast. “I think that the guys who are involved in boxing, the fighters, would enjoy being under this umbrella and fighting for us, and yeah, I do think would could do it better than everybody else does. So what the hell, why not give it a shot?”
“We’re the best. We’re the best at what we do. We think about the future. If you look at this facility that we’re in now (the UFC Performance Institute), a state-of-the-art facility with every piece of equipment you can think about as far as recovery, getting stronger. We have a restaurant here that they eat at everyday for free, costs nothing for the fighters to come here and do all this stuff. Plus, we have a physical therapy center where all the fighters can come in and get physical therapy for free.
“On top of, I think we do our events better than they do, our production is better than the production that’s out there. I think everything in this business that you could possibly do, we do better, and we have health insurance for our fighters.”