UFC President Dana White appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to promote Saturday’s UFC 198. However, UFC 198 was the least talked about topic during his appearance.
ESPN recently published a story stating that the Zuffa is once again considering selling the largest MMA promotion in the world. Currently, there are four bidders looking to buy the promotion. Dalian Wanda Group, WME/IMG, China Media Capital, and The Blackstone Group. Zuffa is asking between $3.5 and $4 billion for the UFC.
White denied the report, dubbing it “overblown” last night, and he reiterated that the promotion was not up for sale to Patrick today:
“We’re not up for sale,” White said. “We’re always working on deals and expansion globally. If someone shows up with $4 billion, we can definitely talk. The day we decide to sell I probably don’t want to do this anymore.”
White was then asked about his relationship with current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and the rumor that McGregor will fight at UFC 202 in August.
“Conor and I have been talking every day. We’re going to have dinner next week. No Conor deal is done for UFC 202.”
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has not fought since losing to Holly Holm at UFC 193. White stated that he hoped she will fight later this year.
“I would really like her to fight this year. I hope she does… She deserves this time off.”
Expect to see White make more media rounds this week to promote UFC 198.