In an unexpected twist of sports connections, NFL legend and seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady recently disclosed a surprising tie to the UFC during an event in Sydney, Australia. The revelation unfolded as Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski, fresh off his sixth title defense in the UFC, shared the stage with the football icon.
Volkanovski, set to defend his title against undefeated prospect Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 in Anaheim, California, engaged in a conversation with Brady. The NFL legend expressed admiration for the UFC champion and, in a surprising revelation, disclosed a familial link to the promotion. Brady revealed that Sean Shelby, the UFC matchmaker closely associated with CEO Dana White, is his cousin. He reminisced about Shelby taking him to UFC fights since he was a young boy, creating a unique bond with the sport.
“I don’t know if you know this, but my cousin has worked with Dana White. Do you know Sean Shelby? Sean’s my first cousin. So Sean used to take me to fights when I was this big,” Brady shared, emphasizing the long-standing connection between his family and the UFC.
Tom Brady’s Unexpected UFC Connection Revealed During Event with Champion Alexander Volkanovski
During the event, Brady conveyed his deep appreciation for Volkanovski’s prowess in the octagon. The former Patriots and Buccaneers quarterback recounted watching UFC fights alongside his teammates in the locker room, expressing his admiration for the Australian champion.
“I’ve been watching UFC forever, and I love you and love everything you do. And you have no idea, in our locker room we all would sit there and watch all your fights,” Brady revealed, highlighting the impact of Volkanovski’s performances even within the realm of professional football.
As Volkanovski gears up for his upcoming title defense against Topuria, Brady’s unexpected revelation adds an intriguing layer to the UFC narrative. The shared connection between the NFL legend and a key figure in UFC matchmaking sheds light on the diverse intersections of sportsmanship. The revelation serves as a testament to the reach and influence of the UFC, transcending boundaries and creating unexpected bonds among sporting legends.