UFC president says there’s no attempt to buy the Raiders

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With talk increasing that the Raiders could move to Las Vegas, there’s also increasing talk that the biggest sports franchise in Vegas — the Ultimate Fighting Championship — could be involved. But UFC President Dana White says that’s not the case.

Amid reports that the UFC is for sale and that UFC majority owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta might use the proceeds to buy the Raiders, White said on the Dan Patrick Show that there’s no consideration of that.

“No. That’s absolutely false,” White said. “That’s not true. It’s very well known the Fertitta brothers are lunatics about football. They love football. What they’ve done to help Bishop Gorman become the No. 1 high school team in the country, Lorenzo’s son plays at Notre Dame, Lorenzo’s other son plays at Villanova. They’re definitely football guys, but they’re not looking to buy a football team right now.”

Still, White says the NFL would make a lot of money in the Las Vegas market.

“Any football team that comes to Las Vegas will be very successful,” White said.

That football team may be the Raiders, but Mark Davis will apparently not be selling his team to the Fertitta brothers.

22 responses to “UFC president says there’s no attempt to buy the Raiders

  1. Maybe Brady will dabble in the UFC while he’s on paid vacation for a quarter of the 2016 NFL season, rightfully so

  2. The UFC president may not be buying the Raiders but Roger continues to take notes from the WWE’s playbook, so at least there’s that

  3. There isn’t a piece of the Raiders to buy. They can’t sell anymore partnership shares right now because they would have to start SOX compliance if they add any more partners. None of the current partners have offered to sell. Shares in an NFL franchise basically print money right now. The ROI is insane, so barring a divorce or death, I don’t see any partnership shares coming up for sale anytime soon.

  4. mikermiker says:
    May 11, 2016 12:21 PM

    Maybe Brady will dabble in the UFC while he’s on paid vacation for a quarter of the 2016 NFL season, rightfully so
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    If you are going to be first, make some sense.

  5. With the kind of money that is rumored to be tossed around for the purchase of UFC it sounds like you would be nearly able to do whatever you please.

  6. “They’re definitely football guys, but they’re not looking to buy a football team right now.”

    There it is again – “right now”. Headcoaches say that all the time when they’re about to bench their starting QB or about to release a player. “So and so is our starting QB right now. So and so is on our roster right now.”

  7. Are they going to get a controlling stake now? No, but it does sound like they will go for 20%. Thing is, does the Raiders franchise have more value in Oakland or Las Vegas? Probably Vegas, once they find something better than Sam Boyd-not bad, just small.

  8. mmack66 says:
    May 11, 2016 12:58 PM
    mikermiker says:
    May 11, 2016 12:21 PM

    Maybe Brady will dabble in the UFC while he’s on paid vacation for a quarter of the 2016 NFL season, rightfully so
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    If you are going to be first, make some sense.
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    He has a strange obsession with TB and the Pats. Legit comments on every single article, most having nothing to do with the Pats. His posts never make any sense (i.e. how is a suspension a paid vacation when you forfeit that money?), but somehow allow him to sit back and feel like he has zing’d the Pats and their fans. Its actually quite comical.

  9. I never knew that Dana White or the UFC had that kind of money.

    This is the weirdest potential buyer story since The Wallstreet Journal was rumored to buy the NHL in 2004-05.

  10. rajbais says:
    May 11, 2016 2:44 PM

    I never knew that Dana White or the UFC had that kind of money.
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    Seriously? You don’t mean that in a dubious way right? UFC is worth a couple of billion. They got a pretty major television deal.

  11. I never knew that Dana White or the UFC had that kind of money.
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    The proposed sale of the UFC is reported to be $3.5 Billion. That money would go to the current owners who are the Fertitta brothers. Dana White is the commissioner of the UFC. It would be nice if some of you people knew a little factual info before jumping on the internet and displaying your broad ignorance.

  12. isn’t it funny how over the years so and so is going to buy the raiders……how does one go about buying something , that the owner is not interested in selling….I am sure when and if they go up for sale , there will be a long line of potential buyers, but i wouldn’t hold my breath, as long as Carol is still alive.

  13. says:
    May 11, 2016 3:15 PM

    The proposed sale of the UFC is reported to be $3.5 Billion. That money would go to the current owners who are the Fertitta brothers. Dana White is the commissioner of the UFC. It would be nice if some of you people knew a little factual info before jumping on the internet and displaying your broad ignorance.
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    Actually the Fertitta Brothers are majority Owners of the UFC. They own like 80 percent of the UFC. Dana White is a minority Owner, as is Flash Entertainment, which is a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi government.

    So in other words before being rude to a fellow poster maybe you should do more research as well.

  14. I stand corrected. However, I don’t think I was any “ruder” to that poster than you were to me. It’s the internet. It’s not designed to account for anyones feelings.

  15. This story could literally be sourced directly to Darren Rovell’s posterior – and no further. Watch the clip of him talking about this and tell me that’s a guy not just making something up on the spot.

  16. The 800 lb gorilla in the room is “Why would they even want to buy the Raiders?”
    I guess since they turned the UFC into a money maker, they think they can turn goat feces into gold.

  17. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has reportedly been pushing Raiders owner Mark Davis to sell the team for years, according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.

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