Staci Alonso was appointed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) last December by governor Brian Sandoval, and the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, like it so often does, gave zero fucks.
It was too busy talking about this.
Then came word that Alonso was the executive vice president at Station Casinos, which just so happens to be owned by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, who sold Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to WME | IMG for roughly $4 billion.
“We have no comment on any assertion of a general theoretical conflict on the part of any member of the Commission,” Nevada commission executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Fighting. “Conflict analysis is fact specific and, ultimately, is the responsibility of the individual Commission members. All Commission members must undertake due diligence and make a determination under Nevada’s conflict of interest laws.”
NSAC has a very important role when it comes to UFC.
It might seem like there’s little to be concerned about now that UFC has parted ways with the Fertitta brothers, except they still retain a minority interest in the combat sports entity — roughly eight percent each — according to this report.
Cause for alarm … or much ado about nothing?
Source:: mma mania