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UFC applying to co-promote Mayweather vs. McGregor with Nevada commission

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UFC president Dana White is getting in on the boxing game in an official way.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

LAS VEGAS — The UFC is trying to get in on the sweet science in an official capacity.

MMA’s leading organization has made a request with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) to co-promote the huge Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, per the commission’s upcoming meeting agenda.

The NAC will vote on the addition of the UFC as co-promoter at its meeting Aug. 16. TGB Promotions, the lead promoter of boxing’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), is also requesting a program permit to co-promote Mayweather vs. McGregor.

NAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Fighting that the UFC would not need a separate license to promote boxing in Nevada. The MMA organization would become an official co-promoter for the event in order to pay McGregor for the fight, Bennett said.

UFC president Dana White said initially that the UFC won’t be in on the promotion officially for Mayweather vs. McGregor, only supporting it through social media and other mediums, like UFC Embedded.

Mayweather Promotions was previously the only promoter listed for the fight. Showtime is the broadcast distributor in the United States.

The UFC has had a major presence in the build up to the mega bout. White and the UFC public-relations staff were present at all the stops of the MayMac World Tour last month. McGregor, of course, is the UFC lightweight champion and the biggest star in mixed martial arts. The UFC is hosting McGregor’s media workout day Friday at the UFC Performance Institute, where McGregor has been training for Mayweather over the last three weeks.

Also on the commission’s agenda for the Aug. 16 meeting is a vote on the application for McGregor’s boxing license. This will be McGregor’s first pro boxing match. Mayweather’s request for a license is listed, too. He is 40 years old and, per commission rule, any athlete over 38 years old must re-apply every time they book a fight.

The NAC will select the referees and judges for Mayweather vs. McGregor on Aug. 16 and, in addition, vote on whether or not to allow the competitors to wear 8-ounce gloves, rather than the 10-ounce gloves the rules stipulate.

In more of a formality, the agenda also lists the Mayweather Promotions request to move MayMac to T-Mobile Arena. The event was originally licensed for MGM Grand.