UFC president Dana White returns to boxing with ‘The Fighters’
Dana White is getting back into the boxing game.
The 44-year-old UFC president, a former amateur boxer, trainer and manager, has teamed up with Craig Piligian, executive producer of “The Ultimate Fighter,” to produce “The Fighters,” a new show about the Boston boxing scene. Both White and Piligian are the executive producers of the new show.
White told MMAFighting.com on Thursday that the show will premiere on Discovery Channel in 2014 “for sure,” however, no specific date has been finalized.
He declined to disclose the format of the show and how many episodes will air in a season. It will, however, only feature boxing, White said.
“The Fighters” represents a return to White’s boxing roots. The teaser clip, which he tweeted Thursday afternoon, suggests the show will take place in South Boston, which is where White used to live and also manage a boxing gym. It also features a long-time friend and former business partner of White’s, trainer Peter Welch.
Most interesting is that it represents the first time in a long time that White strays outside the mixed martial arts landscape.