UFC President Dana White wouldn’t mind having Mayweather compete in the UFC, but refuses to deal with Showtime as a part of the deal.
“That ain’t happening. … That ain’t happening,” White said at a UFC 223 post-fight press conference. “We’ll do it on HBO.”
White and Showtime have had a rough relationship over the years, which heated up during the build to the boxing match between Mayweather and former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor.
Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza had recently taken a shot at how the UFC handled the UFC 223 main event, which lead to the following response from the UFC President.
“And just to clear something up,” White said, “and I don’t want to give this guy any publicity because he loves it, but that greasy, slimy, rat Espinoza talking about how, ‘Oh, we break the rules’ and all this other (expletive). What is that guy … Oh my God, just keep trying to be HBO and don’t worry about what the (expletive) we’re doing. You slimy little rat.”