This week the MMA world has been abuzz with talksÂ that the sport's most dominant entity, the UFC, are in talks to sell the promotion for $3.5-$4 billion. But UFC president Dana White is adamant the reports are inaccurate at best.
"Weâ€™ve always done strategic deals that help grow the sport and the UFC. The UFC is not for sale," Dana said on UFC Tonight.Â "If someone comes to us with six billion dollars, weâ€™ll talk. Weâ€™ve done strategic deals in the past and we could again."
Another big gossip topic topping the MMA headlines has been the rumor of a fight between UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor and boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather in the works. But, once again, White has been quick to shut things down.
"Thereâ€™s no reality there," said Dana. "Floyd and Pacquiao were in the same sport and they couldnâ€™t put that together. You think theyâ€™re going to make Floyd and Conor? No way."
As of right now, Dana's biggest focus is this weekend's monumental UFC 198 stadium show in Curitiba, Brazil. The event will take place at Arena da Baixada and feature some of Brazil's biggest MMA stars including Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, Vitor Belfort and UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum.
"We always dreamed of stadium shows. Now weâ€™re doing more than I ever dreamed of - to sell 45,000 tickets in one day was great. There should be 20,000 people at the weigh-ins. This should be the biggest weigh-ins in combat sports history."