The Green Bay Packers and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are on the verge of completing a blockbuster trade which would see the UFC acquiring star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Super Bowl winner has reportedly worn out his welcome in Wisconsin, with the organization openly shopping him while the gunslinger took a days-long darkness retreat, and the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization has emerged as a leading candidate.
“This makes a lot of sense when you start to break it down,” said ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, who first reported on the move. “Look at Aaron Rodgers. He’s athletic. He’s anti-vax. Nobody can talk to him for five minutes without wanting to throw something. He’s a Dana White guy through and through.”
In exchange for the 39-year-old passer, the Packers will receive UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski and rights of first refusal on the next three episodes of Dana White’s Contender Series. Rodgers is expected to begin training at the UFC Performance Institute immediately, with a debut loss to a 1-0 fighter scheduled for summer of 2025.