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Arum: White Admits Boxing is More Popular, Needs it To Save UFC

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum believes UFC President Dana White is venturing into the world of boxing in order to save his company.

And by moving forward with the idea of staging boxing events, Arum feels White is openly admitting that boxing is more popular than mixed martial arts.  

Last August, White's biggest company superstar, Conor McGregor, made his professional boxing debut against the comebacking five division champion Floyd Mayweather, who won the contest with a tenth round TKO at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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The UFC co-promoted the August pay-per-view event with Mayweather Promotions.

Both McGregor and Mayweather made a fortune from the fight, with 4 million pay-per-view buys - revenue numbers that created a frenzy as several top boxing names have called out McGregor.

During the course of this year, White and the UFC brass are going to enter the world of boxing with their "Zuffa Boxing" brand - which is going to be run under the same ownership umbrella as UFC.

According to Arum, the UFC's decline is the sole reason for White's interest in boxing.

"By coming in the business, he is really admitting that boxing is the more popular sport,” Arum told TMZ. “And in order to keep his company alive, he has to go into the boxing business."

Last month, White issued a warning to Arum. He expects to make big waves in the boxing industry, and feels that eventually he will be the one on top looking down at Arum.

“You’ll see, Bob,” White said. “We’ll see at the end. Bob’s the same guy who said the UFC would never work, and the UFC was loosing ‘oodles’ of money, whatever the f*** ‘oodles of money’ means. Look at what we’ve done and look at where we are. I mean, come on. At the end of the day, we’ll see who stands where when the smoke clears and the dust settles.

“I’ll give it to him, though. For a f***ing 95-year-old dude, this guy’s pretty feisty, man. I’ll give it to him. I’ll give him that.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheBigLug on 01-03-2018

Boxing as a sport can survive by itself in a way. UFC [B]needs[/B] stars like McGregor, Rousey etc..to remain popular with the general public. Although MMA has picked up a lot in recent years, without it's big stars, it's still…

Comment by gdub27 on 01-03-2018

The problem I see with the ufc is over saturation. Too many fights and too many fighters.

Comment by USMCer on 01-03-2018

[QUOTE=Gambino;18380531]The problem with the UFC is their audience is maturing while boxing's is getting younger. This is mostly due to Top Rank being on ESPN. Everytime they competed directly against the UFC, Top Rank would kill them in the younger…

Comment by deanrw on 01-03-2018

If he does get into boxing, I am wondering how many fighters would actually sign under that umbrella. Lower tier fighters might jump at it. Higher class fighters will not want that pay cut.

Comment by USMCer on 01-03-2018

[QUOTE=kennethjohn;18379264]Most of the people I know in europe don't even know what UFC is. Boxing is a better global sport. but locally in the USA and even most of canada outside of quebec MMA is way more popular.[/QUOTE] Good point.…

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