UFC President Dana White has criticised Floyd Mayweather for his recent exhibition boxing match with social media sensation Logan Paul and joked that Kim Kardashian might be the next celebrity to step into the ring.
White, who has been one of the most vocal critics of celebrity boxing since the beginning, stated in an interview that the UFC were not in the business of celebrity combat sports and that he had no interest in watching Mayweather face either of the Paul brothers.
“That wasn’t a f*****g boxing match. Like I said before, there’s always going to be a market for that kind of stuff. There’s always going to be people that are willing to put down $50 to watch that kind of stuff. That’s so far away [from what we do].
“Think about this — imagine if Kim Kardashian wanted to fight Amanda Nunes. How big do you think that fight would be? It would be huge. It would be the biggest [event] but give me a f*****g break.”
This stance marks a change in approach for White, who has previously claimed he would love to book Justin Bieber vs. Tom Cruise in the UFC octagon, stating “Oh my God, it would be massive.”
White also allowed CM Punk, real name Phillip Brooks, to compete in the UFC. Punk, an actor and former WWE star, had trained mixed martial arts for roughly a year and a half before his UFC debut against Mickey Gall, a fight he would lose via first-round submission
Punk would compete again two years later against Mike Jackson, and the WWE star would lose yet again, this time via decision.
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White’s rant continued, with the UFC President claiming Mayweather vs. Paul is perfectly on brand for the sport of boxing.
“It’s exactly what boxing has always been. You create this energy around a fight where you’re like ‘oh this [is exciting]’ and then you watch it and then you turn the TV off and go ‘I just wasted another evening, I should have went out and did something else’.”
“I don’t ever want people feeling like that when they turn the TV off watching some of our fights.
“You’re going to have the fans, you’ll have a card one night and they’ll be like ‘this card, blah, blah, blah.’
“Then you watch the card and the card is unbelievable. You get at least two, three or four great fights that probably didn’t expect. Then when you turn the TV off, you’re glad you watched it. That’s the product that I sell. That’s what I’m into.”
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