UFC President Dana White was asked in a new SI interview if he expects Tom Brady to return to the NFL.
Barrasso: Tom Brady was in the crowd at UFC 285 last weekend. Do you think he’ll be back playing quarterback in the NFL next season, perhaps in Vegas for the Raiders?
White: I don’t. I think he’s in a good place right now and looking forward to moving onto the next chapter. But who knows. He has that killer instinct and competitive spirit. We did talk about a lot of sh– last week, but he didn’t tell me anything. If you’re asking me personally, I’d say no.
Actor and combat sports enthusiast Michael Rapaport has stated that the 2017 boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather had “racial overtones” due to the specific crowds supporting each fighter. The bout, dubbed “The Money Fight” and “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History,” saw Mayweather defeat McGregor in the 10th round via TKO.
Rapaport, who attended the fight, told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that it was clear who was rooting for Mayweather and who was rooting for McGregor, not just in the arena but also in Las Vegas during that week. According to him, the event had an “interesting mix of race and sports.”
When asked if he meant that African-Americans supported Mayweather while white fans backed McGregor, Rapaport replied that it was the case and that it also represented boxing versus MMA. The fight set the record for the second-highest pay-per-view buys in history, and both fighters earned significant paydays, with Mayweather reportedly taking home over $280 million and McGregor earning $130 million.
You knew who was rooting for Floyd and who was rooting for Conor. There was racial overtones and undertones of Vegas in general, not even just the arena. Vegas that week, it was an interesting mix of race and sports.”
“100%, it was also boxing versus MMA.”