Dana White at UFC 144There’s an old myth out there that mixed martial arts and boxing just can’t co-exist.

The two combat sports are perceived to constantly battle for the same audience despite both having successes in their own arenas over the last few years.

Some of that rivalry has been pushed by boxing promoter Bob Arum, who pokes and prods at the UFC and their president Dana White whenever the subject of MMA comes up. For his part, while White is no fan of Arum, he remains a boxing fan and hopes that the sport continues to succeed.

Last weekend, a middleweight title fight between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pulled in upwards of 475,000 pay-per-view buys, which were great numbers for HBO and the boxing community.

White watched the fight and says he was happy to see boxing pull big numbers on pay-per-view. The rise and success of the UFC doesn’t come at the cost of boxing says White, and he’s more than supportive a sport he still loves.

“I’m happy for them. Whenever boxing does good things and they pull killer pay-per-view (numbers), I’m always watching to see what they do on pay-per-view. And I’m not like those (expletives), they did this much, I’m happy for them. I want to see combat sports do better,” White said following UFC 152 on Saturday.

“I want to see boxing pull bigger numbers.”

White explains that his willingness to support boxing is the biggest difference between him and boxing promoter Bob Arum, who slams MMA any chance he gets.

“I’m not Bob Arum that crusty (expletive). I’m not out there smashing everything we do, and saying negative things about boxing. Boxing is (expletive) great it’s an incredible sport. I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if it wasn’t for the sport of boxing,” White stated.

“I’m not going to play Bob Arum’s little (expletive) game.”

Over the past few years, boxing has gone head to head with UFC events a number of times. The next major head-to-head night will be on Dec 8 when UFC on Fox 5 takes place in Seattle, while on the same night Manny Pacquaio battles Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time.

It’s a formula that White is used to seeing, and something that boxing has done for years. There were even times when boxing would go head-to-head with other boxing shows, just to try and go after the competition.

“That’s what they do, they went head to head the same night on TV. They’re crazy,” said White.

No matter what, White remains a big boxing fan and he will surely be tuning in to see Manny Pacquiao’s next fight right after he wraps up UFC on Fox 5. He says he’ll always follow the ‘sweet science’ and no amount of poking and prodding from promoters like Bob Arum will make him change his mind.

“Bob (Arum) is a (expletive). For some reason he hates the fact that this sport is doing well, other guys are able to make money, other athletes are able to perform and do great things,” said White.

“For some reason that bothers that old bastard.”

For more news and rumors make sure to follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

By the Numbers – Fight Night Salt Lake City

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Go inside the numbers of Fight Night Salt Lake City, featuring a main event featherweight clash between Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres. read news >>

Devin Powell Intends to Impress Dana White, Who is Looking for a Fight

  • 25 days ago
  • 45 views

Devin Powell won't say Friday night's NEF fight is now or never, but knows he needs to impress UFC president Dana White, who will be in the audience. read news >>

Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight Picked Up by Netflix

  • 21 days ago
  • 39 views

Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight was originally available on UFC Fight Pass and YouTube, but will soon be available on Netflix to its 83 million subscribers. read news >>

Eddie Alvarez determined to make a difference as champ

  • 20 days ago
  • 0 views

Eddie Alvarez is already giving back to the Philadelphia community as he hopes to inspire young people and others to strive for their dreams. Alvarez won the UFC lightweight title against Rafael Dos read news >>

Conor McGregor was Happy for Jose Aldo’s Victory, but Undecided if He’s Next (UFC 202 Video)

  • 18 days ago
  • 66 views

Dana White has said that, win or lose, featherweight champion Conor McGregor is going to defend his belt next. McGregor, however, isn't nearly as certain. read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor Will Defend 145-Pound Title, Stephen Thompson Gets Welterweight Title Shot

  • 17 days ago
  • 156 views

UFC president Dana White expects Conor McGregor to defend his featherweight title after his UFC 202 rematch against Nate Diaz. read news >>

Conor McGregor Non-Committal on Featherweight Defense, Wants NY or Dublin

  • 14 days ago
  • 11 views

Despite Dana White continuing to say that he expects Conor McGregor to defend his featherweight title next, McGregor hasn't yet committed to such a fight. read news >>

Dana White Says it Looks Like Jon Jones Took ‘Something Else,’ Could Be Good News

  • 13 days ago
  • 107 views

Dana White on Tuesday appeared to back Jon Jones' recent statement that he could be back really soon. read news >>

Dana White’s State of the Promotion: UFC 202 Edition (Video)

  • 13 days ago
  • 34 views

Dana White joined The Herd on Tuesday to chat with Nick Wright. Hear his thoughts on everything UFC 202, UFC's expansion, the state of pro boxing, and more. read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor Will Defend Featherweight Title or He’ll Give It Up

  • 11 days ago
  • 40 views

Conor McGregor may be undecided about what's next for him after rematching Nate Diaz at UFC 202, but company president Dana White is not. read news >>