White: Donald Trump won’t attend MayMac
President Donald Trump is a major MMA fan.
Back in 2001, the UFC was losing money, was purchased from SEG by ZUFFA, and continued losing money. Despised by the main stream media, the promotion was staging untelevised cards in third-tier civic centers. However, Trump welcomed the UFC at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where UFC 28, 30, and UFC 31 were held.
In 2008, apparel brand Affliction Clothing got into the MMA promotion business, and determined to give the UFC a run. The struck a deal with Trump, who reportedly held an equity position in the company.
“It’s really something that I’m doing because I enjoy doing it,” said Trump to reporters, as transcribed by Scott Harris for B/R. “If we make money, that’s great. I think we will. I think it will be successful. What I do is usually successful.”
Trump was asked if he thought Afflcition MMA would beat the UFC.
“It probably will,” said Trump. “All the fighters want to be with us, and I think it probably will take over.”
That didn’t happen, but Trump remained a fight fan, and tabbed UFC president Dana White to speak at the Republican Convention last year. During the MayMac media tour, White asked if Trump would be in attendance on August 26. The UFC president said The President was “100 percent” interested, but thought that security concerns were prohibitive. Trump had expressed similar feelings at UFC 205 in New York.
“They called me yesterday and I don’t think they’re going to come,” said White as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania. “He feels like he’ll ruin events. Like he’ll ruin the event if he shows up. Secret service is going to have to go through the place. They’ll have to shut down streets and create crazy traffic.”
However, Trump has an open invitation.
“He can have 10 tickets if he wants,” said White.
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