Zuffa might be willing to sell 10%-15% of the company to the right person. The catch is you have to keep quiet and let Dana and Lorenzo do their thing. Anyone have a spare $100 million laying around?
Update: Dana White clarified with Yahoo! Sports that they are not actively trying to sell a stake in Zuffa. If the ideal partner came along, they would consider it, but that doesn’t mean they’re actually looking for said partner.
“This is [expletive] bad; it’s not what I said,” White said of the Bloomberg report. “Here’s the bottom line: Basically, it was a longer story and he kept asking if we would sell this thing or not. I kept saying ‘No. No, we won’t sell it,’ and I’d go through this whole [expletive] thing about how we’re all 40 years old and we’re young and we’re the visionaries for this thing. We know where we’re taking this thing. We know where it’s going.
“We’re not interested in selling a piece of this to anybody. Me, Frank and Lorenzo are the three owners. We have an awesome relationship. Everything runs smoothly. It’s perfect. And for us to even offer somebody a piece, it would be the biggest compliment in [expletive] history because they’d have to be a serious strategic partner. It’s the only [expletive] way we’d do it.
“Why would we do that?” White asked rhetorically. “We have this incredibly successful business. We know exactly where we want to go with it. And the only way we would do this, if we did sell a piece of it, it would be with some serious, serious player, a big-time strategic partner. That’s it. So the thing was really taken out of context because the guy was pushing me and pushing me and pushing me about, ‘What do you mean? You’d never sell it? You’d never go public? How about a piece? Would you sell a little piece?’ The guy kept pushing me, you know what I mean, and that was my [expletive] answer.”