UFC president Dana White denied the issues saying that the promotion is on the market and said that “we are not for sale”, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
“As a private company, we don’t discuss speculation or rumors related to our business,” said Dave Sholler, vice president of public relations and athlete marketing for the UFC via ESPN.
Among the companies that are reportedly showing interest to buy the UFC are WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group. ESPN’s Darren Rovell wrote that four companies have placed bids that are worth $3.5 billion to $4 billion.
Many have speculated that the UFC’s decision to sell the company was primarily engaging their two most famous fighters, Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor. Both fighters are undeniably bringing lots of money for the UFC each time they entered the Octagon so their disappearance in the league might have affected the company’s sales.
Some believe that the UFC are making plans to avoid future losses that company will be dealing in the coming years.
According to a report from ESPN, Rousey and McGregor each headlined three UFC events in 2015. Rousey’s title fight against Holly Holm in November set a new company attendance record at Etihad Stadium.
On the other hand, Conor McGregor’s title fight against Jose Aldo in Las Vegas was considered as the promotion’s second-highest gate receipts in its history, with tickets sales grossing more than $10 million.
The supposed main event fight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz was cancelled because of McGregor’s inability to make his promotional quota. Many fans became disappointed after Dana White confirmed that the Irishman will not be showing up at UFC 200. Same with his opponent Nate Diaz who said that he had no interest to fight other fighters.
Though there have been no details yet on when will Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey will be back in the Octagon, it will surely be reviving the UFC to be back on track and continue to serve the MMA fans for a longer time.