For the last week or so, there have been rumors that UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta are thinking about selling the company to buy an NFL team to move to Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White has vehemently denied those rumors, but does still strongly believe that they will own a team in the future.
White spoke with Jim Rome on Friday and addressed the rumors of the Fertitta brothers wanting to purchase a team at some point. While the President believes the pair won’t ditch the UFC, he knows it is only a matter of time before the try their hand at owning an NFL team.
“Here’s the thing — as you know you can’t own an NFL team if you’re involved with casinos. So if they were really making a serious move at 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 team. No doubt about it.”
White then talked about the possibility of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas. He supported the idea and said it would be a guaranteed success.
“I think it’s a homerun,” White said. “Growing up a Boston guy, there’s nothing better than growing up with Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins fans, you’re a fan of all these teams. We’ve never had that in Vegas. 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.”
The UFC owners don’t seem to be in the market for Mark Davis’s club right now, but it certainly feels like this team will be one of the 32 owners in the league sooner rather than later.
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