Fighters like Conor McGregor had the privilege of being part of the new era for the UFC. Meanwhile, other fighters are also hyped and are looking forward to better days ahead after receiving word of the “Big News.”
McGregor posted on his social media account that he is honored to have fought under the Fertitta regime. He added that he is looking forward to better days within the organization. At the height of UFC 200, it was announced that the UFC has officially been sold for $4 billion and papers were signed also on the same day. With the new owners on board, Dana White will still be president with Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta III will continue to own a minority stake in the company.
Aside from McGregor other fighters have posted their reactions to the news. Majority stated that they are very happy with the turn of events and hope for more improvements within the organization. White told ESPN that fighters should not be worried about the news, but instead he added that fighters should look forward to many great things to happen.
Sport is going to the next level. No other sport compares to UFC,” White said. “Our goal has always been to put on the biggest and the best fights for our fans, and to make this the biggest sport in the world. I’m looking forward to working with WME-IMG to continue to take this sport to the next level,” White said.
On the other hand, WME-IMG co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell said in a statement that they are very fortunate to have been part of the UFC. They are looking forward to pursuing new opportunities for its athletes and to take the sport to a higher and global level.
“We’ve been fortunate over the years to represent UFC and a number of its remarkable athletes. It’s been exciting to watch the organization’s incredible growth over the last decade under the leadership of the Fertitta brothers, Dana White and their dedicated team. We’re now committed to pursuing new opportunities for UFC and its talented athletes to ensure the sport’s continued growth and success on a global scale,” the two CEOs stated.
With the success of UFC 200 and having its new owners, fight fans are also looking forward to UFC 201 and UFC 202. UFC 201 will feature Robbie Lawler against Tyron Woodley while UFC 202 will feature the rematch between McGregor against Nate Diaz.
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