Boxer Amir Khan to introduce team based MMA league
Boxer Amir Khan is planning to launch a team-based mixed martial arts league in Britain in 2017.
Khan, a British professional boxer and two-time former world champion, having held the unified WBA and IBF light welterweight titles, broke the news to BBC news service.
“MMA is big and getting bigger,” Khan, a financial stakeholder in Indian MMA promotion Super Fight League.
The Super Fight League will see eight teams from different parts of Britain competing in a league format.
“Fighters like Conor McGregor are making a lot of noise. MMA is hitting some high numbers on pay per view.”
Irish fighter McGregor, 28, became the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first dual division champion in November.
Earlier this year, Khan said he would be willing to “put friendship aside” and fight McGregor in the UFC.
The Bolton fighter, 30, added: “I am always going to be involved in boxing but to have my foot in the door with MMA is brilliant.
“The market is massive for us. We want to reach countries like India with a population of 1.2 billion people.”