Here’s a little-known fact about boxing welterweight Andre Berto: he comes from a family of mixed martial arts fighters. Long before losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the match that preceded Floyd’s clash with Conor McGregor, Berto was dabbling in mixed martial arts training, as the son of kick boxer Dieuseul Berto. And he was also getting an occasional conversation in with UFC president Dana White, thanks to his father having fought at UFC 10 in 1996. Berto is looking to speak with Dana once more, and this time he means business.
“Dana White, you know me. You know my family’s been in the MMA for awhile. I’m coming to the UFC soon. Dana White, call me,” Berto told TMZ on Monday, August 28. Berto says he wants to fight all contenders in the company, and that he’d rather do it inside of the Octagon than in the ring. “I wanna be the first fighter ever to be a world champion in boxing and to go get a UFC title,” he said.
Berto is unlikely to make as much money in the UFC as he does boxing, but it could be a somewhat popular novelty fight on the heels of the Mayweather vs. McGregor affair.
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