UFC prez backs Irish mob show

JOSE RODRIGUEZ AND TIM BAINES

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

UFC president Dana White is branching out. White is behind a new Spike TV drama about the Irish mob in Boston. White tells Hollywood Reporter he came up with the idea three years ago and has brought in Chris Bertolini of The General's Daughter fame to write the script. White says the show will be geared to young males and will have plenty of violence, sex and bad language.

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