The capture for one of the most wanted U.S. fugitives touches on the origins of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s parent company.
James “Whitey” Bulger was arrested Wednesday near Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said. Bulger, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted, is accused of leading Boston mobsters for decades. If at least one allegation is true, his organization also launched a chain of events that led to the formation of UFC owner Zuffa.
Before moving back to Las Vegas in the early 1990s, UFC President Dana White managed a boxing gym in South Boston. But a run-in with the Bulger enterprise convinced him to leave New England, White said.