Dana White has revealed the coronavirus pandemic scuppered plans for match between Floyd Mayweather and a UFC fighter.
In February final yr, the UFC president introduced a verbal settlement was in place, however COVID-19, and the problems surrounding it, put issues on maintain indefinitely.
All year long, White teased a potential collaboration between the 2 saying there was a relentless dialogue.
White was concerned when Mayweather fought UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017 and discuss of a rematch had been mooted.
There have been additionally unfastened discussions that prompt the 50-Zero boxer might face Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov in what might be one of many greatest fights in sports activities historical past.
Khabib’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, claims a $100million provide was made for ‘The Eagle’ to face Mayweather however he wasn’t ready to try this till it was in an MMA cage.
He advised TMZ: “Hear, we acquired provided $100m to battle Floyd Mayweather. Dana White was on board, everyone was on board. However, you understand, Khabib is an MMA fighter. If Floyd needed to come back to battle [in MMA], get his little ass whooped.”
It appears like several battle organised by White involving the boxing legend is off the playing cards at this stage.
Chatting with ESPN this week, White mentioned: “The world imploded [due to COVID-19] after we had been speaking about doing a little issues collectively.
“I’m simply targeted on operating my enterprise proper now,” he added.
Mayweather, in the meantime, is in line for a giant payday in February when he steps into the ring to tackle Logan Paul in an exhibition.
“Everybody needs to know in regards to the cash for this battle,” Paul mentioned.
“Everybody needs to know what acquired Floyd to take this battle, was it the cash? I’ll say this, you’re approach off along with your estimates, and also you’ll by no means know.
“I’d in all probability would have accomplished this battle totally free. It’s an iconic alternative, that is some legacy s***. I’d have accomplished this totally free.”