Before Saturday night’s UFC 247, Dana White said that the UFC would honor Kobe Bryant not only because he’s a sporting legend but because he was also an investor in the organization and was an “important part of the UFC fabric”
The NBA legend was famous for his business savvy off the court — and White says part of Kobe’s portfolio was an ownership stake in UFC and Body Armor, the official energy drink of the UFC.
White tells TMZ Sports … that 2019 was the most successful year in UFC history which resulted in massive payouts for all of the investors.
“Kobe got a distribution from the UFC the Wednesday before the incident and he was so pumped up and excited and he said what everybody always says, ‘I wish I had invested more!'”
White says he’ll remember Kobe as a great dude and an important part of the UFC fabric — and tells us the organization plans to honor Kobe on Saturday at UFC 247 in Houston.
Before the start of the main UFC 247 card, the UFC honored Kobe and the other victims of the helicopter crash with a 9 second moment of silence.