Hulk Hogan “Passed” On Deal To Buy UFC With Vince McMahon

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Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon turned down the chance to buy UFC, something Hogan now sees as a “huge mistake.”

McMahon and Hogan have a relationship going back decades, with The Hulkster having become synonymous with the then-WWF back in the 1980s as Hulkamania ran wild around the world. Their relationship turned sour in the 1990s following the infamous steroid trial and Hogan’s decision to sign with WCW, but he was welcomed back into WWE in 2002 and even had another run as Undisputed WWE Champion.

Although he and the WWE Chairman made a lot of money together over the years, there is one opportunity Hogan regrets not taking, purchasing MMA giant the UFC with his old employer.

During an appearance on This Past Weekend, Hogan claimed the pair passed on the chance to buy the company “a long time ago” when it was even more violent than it is today.

“There was an opportunity to buy it [UFC] a long time ago and Vince [McMahon] and I passed on it.

It was before the referees stopped things, and they were kicking people when they were on the ground, and it just was so violent when it was brought to us. That was a huge mistake.”

Vince McMahon led WWE into merging with UFC

As fate would have it, instead of purchasing UFC, Vince McMahon has instead spearheaded the sale of WWE to its parent company, Endeavour, earlier in 2023.

The two companies are set to merge to become TKO Group in the very near future, although they will still operate independently of one another.

H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.