Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya feels confident in his ability to build up Golden Boy MMA into a major force.
Last month, De La Hoya staged the first Golden Boy MMA pay-per-view event - which was headlined by a trilogy bout between UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
De La Hoya intends to continue his run in MMA - because he feels the UFC and company president Dana White are not properly paying MMA fighters.
White lashed out in a recent interview and challenged De La Hoya - claiming the former six division world champion is lying about the actual purse figures that UFC fighters have received in the past.
“The guy is an absolute liar. Listen, we can sit down and we can do this on TV. We can go head-to-head. We can also take drug tests if he wants to do that to. I’m ready to go. Let’s go, Oscar, you idiot. Let’s do it, idiot. Come on, any show you want to and I want to hear you stumble and bumble and mumble through," White told ESPN.com.
"You know, he doesn’t run the business, he knows nothing about the business, he knows nothing about the sport, and he’s not very bright, so let’s do it. Any day of the week, let’s do it. And let’s do drug tests too, I wanna do that too.”
In January 2001, Lorenzo Fertitta and his older brother Frank acquired the UFC, which subsequently became a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC. White was installed as the company's president. In July 2016, the UFC was sold to investors for $4.025 billion. White owned 9% of the company at the time of the sale. While the Fertitta brothers left the company, White continued in his role as president.
"I've built Golden Boy Promotions from the ground up. I didn't have the Fertitta brothers helping me out. I didn't have the Fertitta brothers helping me out and build the UFC for me. I did it on my own, and I can do the same thing in MMA. I can do the same exact thing. I help build the biggest fighters in the last ten years in boxing. I promoted the biggest events in the last ten years in boxing. Why can't I do the same thing in MMA? If I put my heart in it - absolutely," White told Hot 97.