FOX Sports 1 has not only gone all in with MMA coverage, but the new network’s platform also features boxing cards through Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. While some boxing promoters have taken more than a few shots at MMA over the years, UFC President Dana White has always remained a staunch supporter of boxing, even if he doesn’t agree with the way the sport was run (brutalized) for many years.
So, with all that in mind, and the UFC’s cozy relationship with FOX, is there any way we could see a mixed boxing-MMA card on FS 1 in the future? Speaking after last night’s first UFC on FOX Sports 1 card, White quickly shot down the idea (comment taken from footage shot by MMA Fighting.com).
“No, I’m not saying I wouldn’t promote Oscar’s stuff and do stuff for Oscar, but having a co-promotion would…I’ve been to some of those shows, I’ve been to shows where they’re like, ‘alright, now we’re going to have three Muay Thai fights’. If wanted to go to a Muay Thai show I’d go to a Muay Thai show. If wanted to go to a boxing match I’d go to a boxing match. I just don’t think you should mix those things.”
It’s hard to argue with White on this one. While die hard, combat sports fans may be interested in catching kickboxing bouts before some MMA action, and some promotions have and continue to showcase both, they’re different sports. Just because you love MMA, doesn’t necessarily mean you want to sit through a boxing match, even if it’s an all-star bout.
One can’t help but wonder, however, given White’s recent willingness to hear out Roy Jones Jr. on boxing Anderson Silva, if the company’s relationship with FOX could be a vehicle for some sort of crossover fight in the future.
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