by Julian Spivey
Hoping to cash in on the moment everybody has been talking about since the Academy Awards aired on Sunday, March 27 UFC President Dana White has reached out to recent Best Actor Oscar-winner Will Smith and superstar comedian Chris Rock about a undercard fight during the Fourth of July weekend UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card for that event has yet to be announced.
As everybody knows Smith walked onto the stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles during the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night and open-hand slapped Rock in the face after the former “Saturday Night Live” comedian cracked a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. The “King Richard” star then returned to his front-row seat at the ceremony where he began to yellow obscenities at Rock about keeping his wife’s name out of his mouth. Rock kept the ceremony going by announcing the nominees and winner of the Best Documentary Feature category despite looking stunned throughout the experience.
UFC President Dana White is no stranger to controversy and is all about making money but has never really stooped to the celebrity fighting stuff that you’ll frequently see in other fighting sports like boxing.
“This matchup was simply too good to pass up,” White said in a press release. “It’s all the country is talking about and if we can get these two giants of Hollywood into the octagon I think it would be huge for our pay-per-view numbers. If Smith and Rock sign on the dotted line we’re going to be breaking records with this event.”
According to Rock’s representatives, the comedian is considering the offer because he’s already going to be in town doing a show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace the next day. Smith’s representatives were quoted as saying, “he’ll have to ask Jada first.”