Houston Rockets superstar Dwight Howard has proclaimed his interest in one day competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championships—on a salary of $10 million.
Howard mentioned this to UFC president Dana White and his Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons before UFC 166 took place in Houston's Toyota Center, per a report by Fox Sports' Marc Raimondi.
Howard's statement was captured on White's UFC Fight for the Troops vlog.
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Before the 6'11", 265-pound Howard gets specific, he starts out by telling White that he would compete in the UFC now if he could, but that it goes against his contract, which is worth approximately $87.6 million over four years, per Spotrac.com.
Shortly after Howard brought up the idea, Parsons entered the room before the fights began, and that's when Howard posed the hypothetical situation: $10 million for three rounds in the Octagon.
Parsons said he would do it, but that he would be defeated in 10 seconds or so.
Although he acknowledged the possibility of being knocked out, Howard noted that he would at least get up one day.
"I want to do that pay-per-view when you're ready, man," said White, which was followed by laughter amongst those in the room.
Given his massive size, perhaps Howard could be up to the task with some heavy training on mixed martial arts beforehand. Then again, playing basketball and entering the Octagon with specialized fighters are two totally different matters, and Howard's size may not be as advantageous in that setting.
Nevertheless, this is sure to generate more attention around Howard, who has gotten off to a stellar start with his new 4-1 team in averaging 17.4 points, 14.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest.