Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Arum: White Interested in Boxing Because MMA Biz Falling Apart

Arum: White Interested in Boxing Because MMA Biz Falling Apart Arum: White Interested in Boxing Because MMA Biz Falling Apart
Spencer Simpson | 14 November, 2017, 00:40

The UFC hold their final event of the year on December 30, but it was thought McGregor and his team were more keen for a March comeback fight.

The Irishman has been enjoying life since his money-spinning bout with Floyd Mayweather but now has his sights set on defending his lightweight title. Is that even illegal?

Pugmire speculated White could attempt to work with boxing manager Al Haymon, who is an adviser to Mayweather and helped organize the Premier Boxing Champions series that started in 2015. "A while ago, someone representing the UFC came to my office, looking to buy Top Rank".

The UFC isn't what it once was, according to Arum, and promoting boxing is White's way of exploring another revenue stream for the company, which was purchased for $4 billion in a deal announced in July. You see his first days training and sparring long days and hours perfecting his craft at Dublin's Crumlin Boxing Club, you see and witness his never-before-seen early days as an amateur-buzz cut and sans trademark beard-and you can't help but instantly be drawn into his origin story.

"Al and I haven't talked about this at all", White said.

With Cris Cyborg teasing a move to boxing, a fight with Holly Holm may be off the table.

The most logical opponent for Ireland's McGregor (21-3) is Costa Mesa's Tony Ferguson (25-3), who extended his winning streak to 10 Oct. 7 with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee that netted him the interim lightweight belt. During the talk, the Irish fighter let the world know that he believes he still has a few good years left in the game.

"It's harder than saying we're getting into boxing". The only time I was ever wobbled once in a contest was in the Diaz 1 fight.

With the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barbosa, Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera and Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza already lined up, McGregor vs. Ferguson would make it a stunning follow up to UFC 217.

"I hope I've just walked into a title". Yeah, I do think we could do it better than everybody else does.

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