Amir Khan confirms plans for UK MMA league

Amir Khan during a media day at The Amir Khan Academy in Bolton
Image: Amir Khan wants to set up a UK MMA league

Amir Khan has revealed plans to launch a mixed martial arts league in Britain.

The Super Fight League is scheduled to be unveiled in 2017, and will involve a competition with eight teams from different areas of Britain.

"MMA is big and getting bigger," Khan told the BBC's World Service.

"Fighters like Conor McGregor are making a lot of noise. I am always going to be involved in boxing but to have my foot in the door with MMA is brilliant.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12:  Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship
Image: Khan cites Conor McGregor's success as a reason to invest in MMA

"The market is massive for us. We want to reach countries like India with a population of 1.2 billion people."

The 30-year-old welterweight, whose camp are again in discussions with Kell Brook's regarding a potential fight in 2017 and who is a stakeholder in Indian MMA organisation Super Fight League, added: "(Brook is) a fight that I would love to have.

"I have changed my mind because of the Triple G (Golovkin) fight.

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"Kell was smart taking that fight. He knew he was going to get beat but he still took it because he knew he was going to get paid well and make a name for himself."

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