“I’ve met with a lot of top guys in wrestling. I met with them last Tuesday, and the UFC is joining the fight to help save Olympic wrestling,” said UFC president Dana White on Tuesday.
“Not just Olympic wrestling. Colleges are dropping wrestling right now. High schools have been dropping wrestling for a long time. Myself, I have personally funded tons of wrestling programs and the UFC has funded tons of wrestling programs for high school kids,” said White.
“I can’t be the guy to try and run out and save wrestling,” said White during the UFC on Fuel TV 7 press conference on Feb. 13.
One man can’t save wrestling, but a collective effort potentially can.
“It’s in the discussion phase. These guys are going out and fighting the fight. I think what I can do, and not just me and the UFC, but I think other companies like Bellator, too – Viacom owns Bellator, and I think Viacom would be probably interested in fighting the fight too,” said White on Tuesday’s UFC on Fox 7 media conference call.