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Triller Promoter Offers to Donate $1 Million to Charity If UFC Allows GSP vs. De La Hoya Fight

May 22, 2021 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

ESPN reports that the financial backers for Triller Fight Club are willing to put up $1 million for charity if UFC gives their approval for former champion Georges St-Pierre (GSP) to fight Oscar De La Hoya under the Triller banner. Triller parent company CEO Ryan Kavanaugh said he and his backers are willing to pledge the amount of $1 million to the charity of UFC President Dana White’s choice if they allow the matchup to happen.

For his part, Kavanaugh is willing to put up $250,000 of his own money, and several others have reportedly come up with $750,000 for the offer. While GSP is retired from MMA, he remains under UFC contract.

Kavanaugh stated on the subject, “We’re trying to hope we can appeal to Dana’s charitable side.” He added, “I’ve offered $250,000 and I’ve asked others to join in. So, it’s now up to a million dollars to a charity of Dana’s choice — to allow GSP to go fight for money in boxing, not UFC. When [White] knows [St-Pierre] will never fight again for the UFC.”

There is reportedly a deal in place for a boxing match between De La Hoya nd GSP. However, the fight could only happen if UFC gives its permission, per Kavanaugh, who wants to promote the fight for Triller.

De La Hoya announced his planned boxing comeback last March at 48 years old. He has not fought in 13 years. GSP’s last fight was in the UFC at 2017. GSP recently turned 40 years old.

When asked about Triller last Saturday at the UFC 262 post-fight press conference, White laughed at the idea of Triller trying to get in touch with him because he’s ignoring their calls and texts. He added that they are “full of ****.”

Whether this boxing match materializes remains to be seen.