UFC boss Dana White is open to ending his long-running feud with boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya after the ‘Golden Boy’ not too long ago prolonged an olive department.
The 2 sports activities promoters have been exchanging insults by the media for 5 years however in April De La Hoya expressed his need to finish the animosity.
“I wanna make things better up with Dana,” he informed TMZ Sports activities.
“I criticized the UFC a bit and I used to be flawed for it however yeah, I’d like to patch issues up with Dana and [Floyd] Mayweather.”
White responded to De La Hoya’s feedback for the primary time at a boxing occasion in California on Thursday.
“I assumed that what he stated was honest and I consider it,” he informed Combat Hype.
“I don’t know if we’ll ever be associates once more, however I feel what he stated was honest and I recognize it.”
This could possibly be the tip of one of many extra amusing sports activities rivalries that began when rumours a few crossover battle between UFC dual-weight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather started to swirl.
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De La Hoya became incensed at the sheer audacity of the Irishman and the UFC for trying to fight ‘The Best Ever’, prompting him to write a lengthy Facebook post about the possible recriminations of the spectacle that he called for fans to rally against.
White reacted to De La Hoya on Twitter: “WTF?!? Is this guy snorting coke and drinking booze again??!? #OscarDeLaArum”
The 47-year-old has well-documented substance abuse issues and he’s beforehand sought assist from rehab centres on a number of events, together with the identical week Floyd Mayweather fought his protégé turned nemesis Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Irked by White crossing over into the boxing world, De La Hoya launched his personal now-defunct MMA promotion he hoped would rival the UFC, recruiting battle legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz for his first huge occasion.
The 2 light-heavyweights loved an intense rivalry that generated tens of millions in income and helped increase the profile of each the UFC and White earlier than Liddell walked away from the game in 2010 after a number of KO defeats.
Eight years later, ‘The Iceman’ returned to the cage when De La Hoya gave him a giant pay cheque to tackle the nonetheless lively Ortiz for a 3rd time, infuriating White within the course of.
“I heard final week the cokehead ‘Oscar De La Weirdo’ is speaking s*** that I don’t have anywhere to inform guys when to retire,” White stated on UFC Unfiltered in 2018.
“Initially, it’s referred to as ‘friendship’ you f****** cokehead.
“Chuck Liddell’s virtually 50 years previous and has no enterprise preventing anymore. The truth that the state of California even let that battle occur is disgusting. Disgusting.”
The White-De La Hoya drama rumbled on when in November 2019 because the latter determined to stage Canelo vs Kovalev on the identical evening as UFC 244.
The boxing promotion was pressured to postpone the primary occasion in Las Vegas so followers contained in the venue may see Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz in New York.
Extra not too long ago, the UFC boss poked enjoyable at De La Hoya’s 2021 comeback try by jokingly saying ‘cocaine isn’t low-cost’ earlier than later accusing the six-weight world champion of pretending to have COVID-19 when he withdrew from his battle with MMA legend Vitor Belfort.