Dana White has responded to recent reports that he’s leaving his position as UFC President.
The reports surfaced following the announcement that WME/IMG had raised $1.1 billion in investment capital from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Government of Singapore Investment Fund, and that some of the minority shareholders in the UFC had been bought out.
Speaking to Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times earlier this week, White dismissed the rumours that he would be leaving his current position.
“I’m not going anywhere, brother,” White told Pugmire. “Not only am I not going anywhere, I’m actually making moves in the office and doing [stuff] and changing things for the way I really want it.”
Dana White wearing Zuffa Boxing t-shirt for second straight day.
— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) July 13, 2017
“I’m burrowing myself in like a … tick.”
Despite the windfall, White appears to remain content working alongside Ari Emmanuel and making big changes along with his new boss.
“Ari and I are partners,” White said. “We’re getting involved in more [stuff]. We’re not going to spend a lot of money and not change things, I’m making a lot of changes in this new building for things I want changed.”
One of those big changes could be a future venture into boxing. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter last week, White admitted that the UFC is “sniffing around” a move into the sport.
With the UFC about to play a small part in what will likely be the biggest boxing fight of all time, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see it happen sooner rather than later.