Did they or didn’t they?
Despite one of the best fight cards in recent memory, reports of a potential UFC sale have cast a long shadow over the UFC 200 fight week festivities, as promotion officials are continually peppered with questions about billion-dollar deals from international investors.
That includes UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and his right-hand man, UFC President Dana White. Together, they had a sit down with L.A. Times to rehash some of the recent reports that Fertitta would step away to buy an NFL team, leaving White behind to break in the new owners.
“If we bring on an investor or something happens, we’ll let everyone know. I’ve never been more bullish on the business. I still have massive love for the sport. I never said I was walking away. What’s happening — this is standard. Any company, this size and magnitude, you don’t talk about things you’re working on in strategical terms. So there’s nothing to report.”
“I’m in Bangor, Maine [recently], and people are yelling at me, ‘Congratulations!’ I’m looking at my family, saying, ‘Most of the free world thinks me and the Fertittas don’t own the UFC anymore.’ It’s unbelievable. We own the UFC. We did not sell the UFC. We own it.”
Reports first surfaced back in May indicating that financial superpowers — including Dalian Wanda Group (DWG), WME/IMG, China Media Capital, and The Blackstone Group — all had their eyes on the global mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
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