Vince McMahon and Dana White have typically drawn comparisons as two outspoken, highly effective executives with comparable personalities throughout fight sports activities and leisure.
At one level of time up to now, White claimed that McMahon truly wished to combat him and the UFC CEO just lately commented that their relationship was largely adversarial as a result of they had been each competing for an viewers with followers. Actually, White said that McMahon “tried to f*** me so many times for no reason” simply because they had been rivals.
That’s all modified now that White and McMahon function below the identical banner with the UFC and WWE merging collectively as TKO Group Holdings. McMahon acts as government chairman whereas White’s function modified from UFC president to UFC CEO however now they work intently collectively to realize the identical purpose.
“I don’t bust anyone chops until they get in the best way,” McMahon mentioned about White when speaking to reporters at the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou fight. “However Dana and I get alongside very, very properly.
“He’s a very good man. We’re good companions and good businessmen. We’re good businessmen and we get alongside.”
White said that he’s spoken to McMahon at the very least 20 instances for the reason that merger between their two firms was accomplished. There’s even been talks in regards to the UFC and WWE holding occasions in the identical metropolis on the similar enviornment throughout an enormous sports activities and leisure weekend.
Mark Calaway — higher often called The Undertaker from WWE — might solely smile and chortle when requested about McMahon and White working collectively now.
“I feel it’s hilarious,” Calaway mentioned. “They’re each so comparable.”
After all that remark earned a spry look from McMahon with a refined reminder that he’s nonetheless staying aggressive even when he’s working with White to construct TKO Group Holdings into a fair larger enterprise.
“He’s a troublesome man!” McMahon mentioned. “I’m a greater businessman.”
All jokes apart, the merged firm with UFC and WWE was valued at over $21 billion when the 2 sides first got here collectively and it’s possible that quantity will rise over the 2 years. Each UFC and WWE have profitable broadcast rights offers developing quickly, which will definitely draw quite a lot of curiosity and cash from perspective companions.