Whenever you’re a successful company that is still growing, people are always going to assume that you can be bought out. Rumors were flying around the Internet before UFC 81 that the UFC was possibly going to be sold at some point in the near future because Dana White was heading to Canada to handle some business. Steve Cofield of Fox Sports Radio 1460 in Las Vegas asked Dana White himself after UFC 81 and here’s what White had to say, “I heard that one too, I heard that one last year too. If that was the case, and that’s what I was doing next week, it wouldn’t be just me flying out there [Canada] it would be me, Lorenzo, Frank, I mean there’d be an army flying out there if this thing was for sale.”
White then tried to explain how he feels the rumor got started, “Listen, the way that I look at business ‘is your house for sale?’ No you’re not selling your house, but I bet you could buy it. No the UFC is not for sale. I’m 38 years old you know, I love this stuff. We have got big plans and we’re working on a lot of things. There’s been many offers made on the UFC, they weren’t big enough.”
So there you have it, rumors are just rumors but remember we here at 5thRound.com broke the story about Affliction and now everybody’s talking about it. Jay White who trains out of the Xtreme Couture camp said that Tyson Griffin wasn’t allowed to have Xtreme Couture’s logo on his fight shorts or his banner while being introduced by Bruce Buffer.
To listen to Steve Cofield’s interview with Dana White after UFC 81, please visit: http://mrsunshinevegas.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/the-jewelers-of-las-vegas-post-fight-show/