Dana White isn't thinking about getting into boxing, especially after news came out that Endeavor was close to buying Top Rank.
This info comes from Bob Arum, who mentioned it after Rick Glaser said Top Rank was almost sold because Arum was thinking about retiring.
Promised everyone a Christmas gift, never printed, never talked about, biggest Boxing news in many years, Boxing Powerhouse #TopRank is in the final due diligence stage of being sold to Entertainment conglomerate #Endeavor headed by #AriEmanuel, Endeavor is the parent company of…— Rick Glaser (@RealRickGlaser1) December 26, 2023
White's interest in boxing is widely recognized. His significant role in orchestrating the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight marked a turning point, allowing McGregor to step outside the UFC and compete on Showtime. This bout played a crucial role in initiating the trend of crossover fights in boxing, exemplified by recent events such as Francis Ngannou's boxing match against Tyson Fury.
“I’m still kicking the tires and looking around and it’s very complicated, you know the sport’s such a mess, it’s literally a mess and to pull it off you have to actually get in there and clean it up you know. I’ve been working on this for years and I don’t know, we’ll see what happens,” White said
The UFC is currently facing a couple of challenges. The merger of WWE and UFC to form TKO Group Holdings, Inc. was finalized this year, making another acquisition unlikely. Additionally, the UFC is dealing with an anti-trust lawsuit where fighters claim the company violated anti-trust laws to establish a monopoly and control fighter earnings. Arum and White have addressed these sale rumors.
Responding to rumor circulating that @BobArum is selling @trboxing to Endeavor, here’s what he texted me from Tokyo, where he’s at #InoueTapales: “Total crazy shit. I have not talked about this with anyone. We are not for sale. I have no intention to retire. Having too much fun.”— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) December 26, 2023