Archive: Lorenzo Fertitta

Oct 15, 2014 5:03 am

Lorenzo Fertitta: ‘I have never seen Anderson Silva so motivated’

“I was very excited to see what Anderson’s response was going to be. We purposefully let Anderson go off after his injury. Because it was so significant an injury, we didn’t want to bother him too much. He needed time to recover and to heal. “We continued to communicate with him, and on his own,...

Oct 14, 2014 5:41 pm

White, Fertitta Fly To Montreal On Official UFC “Business” With GSP

UFC President Dana White, and company CEO Lorenzo Fertitta hopped in the UFC’s private jet recently, for a breakfast meeting with former welterweight kingpin, Georges St-Pierre in Montreal. While the purpose of the meeting is unclear, it has been confirmed through various outlets that the trio met inside a Montreal restaurant. Neither party is discussing...

Sep 26, 2014 5:31 pm

Alvarez: Dana And Lorenzo Know I Should Be Fighting Champions

Eddie Alvarez has yet to fight inside the UFC, however tomorrow night that will change when he steps into the Octagon against #5 ranked Donald Cerrone. Regardless of his lack of UFC experience, the former Bellator MMA champion feels that he he should be fighting the UFC champion, Anthony Pettis. He spoke to MMAFighting: “The...

Aug 12, 2014 7:05 pm

Dana White Accepts The Ice Bucket Challenge

UFC President Dana White accepted the ice bucket challenge for ALS from Scott O’Neil and has passed it on to Ronda Rousey, Shaquille Oneal, and Lorenzo Fertitta. Check it out: Thanks Scott O’Neil for nominating me for the #IceBucketChallenge to raise awareness for ALS. I’m nominating @shaq, @rondarousey and @lorenzofertitta. U have 24 hrs!!!

Jun 9, 2014 5:25 am

PHOTO | Lorenzo Fertitta Looking Jacked At Team Alpha Male Gathering

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta is huge! During a recent hangout session in Sacramento, the UFC boss took some time to pose with Team Alpha Male at a celebration for TJ Dillashaw’s new title reign. Here’s the full post: Caption reads, All star crew in Sac-town! @lorenzofertitta @JoeJitsu @chadmendes @TJDillashaw @LancePalmer @sneakytommy #gif

May 2, 2014 1:08 pm

Fertitta Explains The Cost Difficulties Of Enhanced Drug Testing

After putting Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, Travis Browne and Josh Barnett through enhanced testing, the UFC found one fundamental flaw with their new drug testing practices. COST. It’s expensive. About $45,000 per fight. (Not event, fight.) In other words, to efficiently screen fighters for banned substances it will cost approximately $22,500 per athlete, per fight....

Apr 6, 2014 8:41 pm

QUICK TWITT | Fertitta’s Son Commits To University Of Notre Dame Football Scholarship

Yesterday, Nicco Fertitta, son of UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, announced through his official twitter account that he has committed to The University of Notre Dame and will accept their offered football scholarship. Exciting news. Congrats Nicco! Excited to say I'm officially committed to THE University of Notre Dame #GoIrish #WeAreND

Mar 26, 2014 6:42 pm

Fertitta In Favor Of Random Drug Testing, Just Not By The UFC

“I think we have to understand at the end of the day we are unlike other sports,” said Fertitta. “We are regulated and cannot be presumptuous in thinking we can just take away whatever authority [commissions] have and put it in our hands. It’s not that simple. “You have to understand how state regulatory systems...

Mar 10, 2014 10:57 am

Lorenzo Fertitta: ‘We took and used the WWE’s business model for the UFC’

“It wasn’t about their product, it was about their business model, they had become very astute at selling their product and getting people to buy pay-per-views (PPV) by using free television. When we started, we had no traditional free press. Nobody was covering us, no one took us seriously as a sport. Therefore we had...

Mar 2, 2014 9:27 pm

Fertitta Explains/Defends Reason Pulling Vitor Off UFC 173 Card

“At the end of the day, we have a fight to promote on May 24. Chris is going to defend his title, and you know how this business works: You’ve got to get commercials in two to three months early. We’ve got to get key art done. We’ve got a fight to promote and Vitor,...

Feb 18, 2014 4:57 pm

PHOTO | Lorenzo Fertitta – Then & Now

In the latest edition of our ‘Then & Now’ series we bring you UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. Lorenzo Fertitta is the man responsible for buying and bringing the UFC/MMA into the modernized sport we enjoy today. As the story goes, in 2001, Dana White approached his childhood friend (Lorenzo) with an investment opportunity to buy...

Jan 9, 2014 8:44 am

Werdum Relents, Wants Browne Over Delayed Title Shot

After Travis Browne’s impressive first round finish of Josh Barnett at UFC 168, it appears that his next task will be fighting fellow UFC Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum. The fight has not been announced officially yet, but Werdum recently spoke with MMAFighting.com about his expectations: “I had a meeting with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta and told...

Oct 24, 2013 10:25 am

UFC Planning Six 2014 Events In Europe That Can’t Be Seen In The U.S.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is putting the U.S. Market on the outs next year as part of their European expansion with at least six events made for a Euro-only audience. The first of which is in the planning stages and according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta it will be a major event at London’s O2...

Oct 10, 2013 12:01 pm

VIDEO | Lorenzo Fertitta Details Future Plans For The UFC

“If the UFC was able to go from what it was back in ’93 to what it is today in only 20 years, if we were able to accomplish what we have in the last 12 years, the next 20 years is going to be the most interesting part. The history’s great and we’ll always...

Aug 1, 2013 10:14 am

Dana White Says Vitor Belfort Drives Him ‘Crazy

Vitor Belfort has been in the news recently as he continues his streak of calling out fighters from all weight classes and recently turning down a fight with Tim Kennedy in favor of a hypothetical bout with Chael Sonnen. UFC president Dana White has apparently had enough of Belfort’s antics as he recently stated at a...

Jun 19, 2013 1:01 pm

Lorenzo Fertitta Issues Statement on Failure to Legalize MMA in New York

Another year down for the progress of legalizing the sport of MMA to all 50 states as New York has failed, once again, to pass a bill, making the sport of MMA legal in their state. The Daily News reported Tuesday night that the Senate hadn’t been able to garner enough votes to pass the...

May 21, 2013 10:38 am

UFC opens website to expose culinary union

For years now, the Nevada-based Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has failed in its attempts to unionize the Station group of hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. Station Casinos is owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who are also majority owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Although the UFC has nothing to do with culinary workers,...

May 10, 2013 7:46 am

Dan Hardy doesn’t want ‘pointless’ surgery, seeks second opinion

Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (25-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was recently forced to withdraw from a scheduled UFC on FOX 7 bout with Matt Brown, this after it was discovered that he had a heart-related problem in which he basically has two heart beats. The syndrome, known as Wolff-Parkinson White pattern or “Wolf Heart”, is a heart...

Mar 7, 2013 8:56 am

Rousey on MMA in NY: “I really feel like it’s going to happen.”

Quickly after winning the first women’s UFC bout via her signature first round arm bar, Ronda Rousey was sent to New York with some of the sport’s finest. Rousey along with CEO of the UFC Lorenzo Fertitta, and middleweight contender Chris Weidman traveled to New York to lobby for a lifted ban on MMA in...

Jul 18, 2012 10:04 am

Fertitta Breaks Down The Most Important UFC Battles In History | UFC NEWS

The UFC has its fair share of memorable moments unforgettable icons. But where do these historic fights stack up in the eyes of UFC owner, Lorenzo Fertitta? Dave Deibert of Postmedia News shared his top ten list with Fertitta at UFC 148 to get his opinion on these 10 historic fights that helped define the...