Conor McGregor’s manager reveals Lorenzo Fertitta played a big role in Mayweather negotiations

CRAIG L. MORAN/REVIEW-JOURNAL Business—Lorenzo Fertitta at his West Sahara office Wednesday June 18, 2008.

While former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta may no longer own the UFC, Lorenzo has continued to remain an active part of combat sports, however he has done so behind the scenes.

That’s according to Conor McGregor’s manager Audie Attar, who revealed on The MMA Hour that Fertitta was instrumental in helping aid negotiations between Team McGregor and Team Mayweather when discussing a potential boxing match. Now of course, fight fans know that the scrap between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will go down on August 26th, something they apparently have Fertitta to thank for:

Lorenzo Fertitta

“I think Lorenzo Fertitta has been instrumental in a lot of different ways in Conor’s career,” Attar said. “And yes, he was very instrumental in putting us together to really get everybody to talk and get on the same page when everybody started to see this was a real viable business proposition.”

“I have a lot of respect for Lorenzo and i know he’s excited, but I think nonetheless this is something he’s very passionate about,” Attar said. “He cares a lot about the sport, he cares a lot about the UFC. And he cares a lot about Conor. It was really special for me to see that he was interested enough to try to at least to put all parties together so we can do good business.”

This of course confirms fan speculation that Fertitta worked with McGregor behind the scenes, despite selling the company, after McGregor posted a photo of he & Fertitta in Vegas:

This article first appeared on on 6/22/2017.