NBA basketball legend Kobe Bryant will be honoured at Saturday’s UFC 247 event, according to UFC president Dana White.
Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
In an interview with TMZ, White praised Bryant and his commitment as an investor in the company.
“You look at Kobe the basketball player, right? Then the guy won an Oscar, and all the other things that this guy has accomplished in his life – well, also he was one of the big investors in Body Armor, the company that’s a sponsor of the UFC,” White said.
“He was also an investor in the UFC, and the UFC killed it last year,” White continued. “I mean 2019, when I say 2019 was our best year – others years, 2019’s through the roof. It was massive. So the owners got a distribution, and Kobe got a distribution from the UFC, the Wednesday before the incident, and he was so pumped up and so excited.”
“He was a great dude. He was a part of this company,” White said. “Kobe Bryant was a good guy in every way that you can possibly be a good guy.”