As UFC President Dana White prepares for UFC 198 this Saturday night in Brazil, reports of the company being for sale have surfaced and stolen the spotlight this week. White joined The Jim Rome Show on Friday and disputed the accuracy of any report to date.
“The reports that came out were not very accurate at all,” White said. “Obviously we’re a business, we’re always doing business, we’re always trying to grow the sport and take it to the next level, and we’re always working on deals, and as far being sold, people make us offers all the time. So we’ve turned downed some pretty big offers.”
Although White made it clear if the money that is being reported were to be offered for the UFC, they’d consider it.
“Well, let me say this, when this rumor first surfaced it was 6 billion. In the last couple weeks, it’s dropped to four billion, so we’ve already lost two billion in the last couple weeks, which kind of bums me out, I guess,” White laughed. “But In all honesty, you show up with 4 to 5 to 6 billion, we will seriously be talking.”
White also talked about the possibility of his bosses Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta buying the Oakland Raiders and moving them to Las Vegas.
“You can’t own an NFL team if you’re involved with casinos. So, if they were really making a serious move with the Raiders, they’d be selling Station Casinos not the UFC,” White said. “But it is 100-percent a fact they are hardcore football fans, and I promise you one day the Fertitta brothers will own an NFL football team, no doubt about it.”
But White couldn’t hide his excitement for the idea of the Raiders moving to Sin City.
“I think it’s a home run,” White said. “Growing up a Boston guy, there’s nothing better than growing up and being a Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins fan. You are a fan of all these teams. We’ve never had that in Vegas. I think it’s the one thing that I think Vegas lacks, and I think if the Raiders or any other NFL team came here, it would be huge.”