FLOYD MAYWEATHER paved the best way for an astonishing crossover occasion with MMA pioneers Dana White and Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
The boxing legend arrange a gathering 15 years within the making as he reunited promoters White and Sakakibara in his Las Vegas mansion.
There, the boxing and MMA icons mentioned working collectively on a crossover occasion alongside different ‘leisure kingpins’.
Sakakibara, CEO of Japanese promotion RIZIN, instructed SunSport: “Dana and I’m going means again to after I was the CEO of PRIDE.
“Seeing Dana head to head once more was one of many issues on my bucket listing after I acquired again into this enterprise.
“I’d like to do a RIZIN occasion in Vegas sooner or later and my purpose nonetheless is to attempt to get all organisations to work with one another to take the game to the subsequent step.
“On high of that I’ve been engaged on placing collectively a series of alliances from totally different fields of the leisure business from fight sports activities.
“YouTubers, musicians together with, Floyd, Steve Aoki and different leisure kingpins to see if we will give you a brand new sort of leisure which might not solely penetrate the Japanese market, however the worldwide market as nicely.”
PRIDE launched in 1997 and had ten legendary years as they competed with the UFC as MMA’s premier promotion.
That was till the UFC’s then-owners Zuffa purchased the corporate and merged their two stables collectively.
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