Two-time welterweight boxing champion Andre Berto discussed potentially fighting in the UFC with the organization's president, Dana White, a company official confirmed on Friday.
The fighter said in a recent interview that he ran into White a few weeks ago in Los Angeles, and the two had a conversation about the boxer transitioning over to the Las Vegas-based MMA promotion.
"I talked to Dana White about this ... the last time I [saw] him," Berto said in a recent video. "Don't be surprised if I try to get in that thing and win a title. I'll be the first fighter to win a boxing championship and a UFC mixed martial arts world championship."
Berto explained that he and White bumped into each other roughly three weeks ago, and the conversation included White praising the boxer for his fighting style. White also said that he sees the fighter being one of the only competitors keeping boxing alive, according to Berto.
If a UFC debut happens for the boxer, Berto would be the second of his family to compete in the Octagon. His father, Dieusel Berto, participated in UFC 10 in 1996 when Andre was 12 years old. Berto's brother, James Edson Berto, is a professional MMA fighter and currently competes for Bellator Fighting Championships.
Although the two had a discussion about Berto in the Octagon, no indication was given in regards to the fighter being offered a contract to compete in the MMA promotion.
"Don't be surprised. It might be," he said.
The last time a professional boxing champion made their way into the UFC was when James Toney fought Randy Couture at UFC 118 in 2010. Couture made quick work of Toney, submitting the boxer in the first round after securing a takedown that put the fight on the ground.
Berto also revealed that his sister, Revelina Berto, will try out for Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter," the first season in which females will compete on the show. The season will feature teams of both men and women coached by UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey and the winner of tomorrow night's TUF 17 Finale fight between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano.
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