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Want a Piece of the UFC? Make Them an Offer.


(Props: Bloomberg.)

In the same month that Zuffa announced it had taken out a $100 million loan to pay off part of a revolving credit line and provide a payout to the owners, Dana White is now hinting that a 10-15% stake in the UFC could be sold to a private investor. As he told Bloomberg News:

"That’s a possibility. But for what we value this thing at, you’d have to find somebody right now with a lot of cash laying around, who wants to come into this business, get a piece of it, and just kind of sit over there and not tell us what to do."

Hmm. How much cash does Shane McMahon have laying around at the moment? And why does Zuffa need so much of it lately? Has the UFC become financially overextended? Are the Fertitta Brothers looking to cash out following the Station Casinos collapse? At any rate, if you have nine figures to invest in an exciting sports property and don’t mind the fact that you’ll have zero input in the company’s direction, give Dana a call.

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Keyser Soze- October 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Pac Man's comment was awesome, I laughed my head off.

In all seriousness... Jim Balsillie, this one's for you. Way more profitable business venture than the Phoenix Coyotes.
Mex- October 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm
I've figured it all out for Dana:

1) Purchase and wear: a blond wig, little black dress, leather pumps

2) Repeatedly watch Brigitte Nielsen scenes in Rocky 4

3) Seduce Donald Trump with phony European accent, phony feminine charms and 5 o'clock shadow

4) Marry sans prenup

4.5) Divorce!

5) Half of everything! (Profit)
Da Spied Her- October 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm
Pretty much the same deal they offered M-1 Global.
Joedirt- October 19, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Maybe they could hire the business pro UFC Fan to help manage their funds.
Joedirt- October 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm
If the UFC actually NEEDS money.... then it will be officially the WORST run business in existence.
831 Son- October 19, 2009 at 9:53 am
All the UFC needs is a Network Tv deal. Then all this stupid shit about the UFC collapsing and owing tons of money can be thrown out the window.

Network Tv deal = Millions of dollars, and millions of fans.
NateGetsIrate- October 19, 2009 at 9:40 am
@ for the love of mma:

I don't think your should say you're majoring in anything when you haven't even completed the pre-req's at your community college. Just sayin.
Catalyst8487- October 19, 2009 at 9:13 am
@Pac-man

LOL. Well played.
Pac-Man- October 19, 2009 at 8:41 am
@For the love of MMA

Well... I'm no financial mojar but I'm pretty sure they said "made 300 million dollars in REVENUE" and generally speaking, revenue means before cost and overhead.
I'm no English major, er, mojar but I'm pretty sure the first letter of every sentence should be capitalized. I'm also pretty sure I'm not the only one who almost had their head explode while trying to decipher that first sentence. I know your mojar is in Finance, but it wouldn't hurt to show up for English. Seriously.
DaltonSwayze- October 19, 2009 at 8:32 am
Man, I love watching MMA and all that, but the current growth in popularity is too intense to last. It kind of reminds me of when Texas Hold 'em was fucking HUGE and then it was everywhere and now it's still there, but nowhere near the same level.

The UFC's popularity in the US will very closely mimic poker, in that it will become a part of our culture after a fairly short period of prominence.
PhilDZnutts- October 19, 2009 at 8:31 am
What kind of % could I get for $28.96? Would they let me sit ringside?
eelcozy- October 19, 2009 at 8:28 am
I think if if I had that much money I would have something better to do with it than surrender it to Dana White...
NateGetsIrate- October 19, 2009 at 8:17 am
I guess that's what they get for trying to snatch up every fighter that strikeforce might.
El Famous Burrito- October 19, 2009 at 8:13 am
I'm not falling for that one again. Last time I invested in an MMA company, all I got was a Bill Cosby sweater and Hepatitis.
Dante- October 19, 2009 at 8:00 am
ROFL @ "I'm a business major."

Lunk- October 19, 2009 at 7:50 am
I got 9 figures to invest in this. I just gotta save my next 3 paychecks.
hjdevnull- October 19, 2009 at 7:44 am
Only reason to take out a loan to pay off a revolving credit line -- also known as a loan -- is because you don't plan to pay off the debt quickly and thus you want a low interest rate. Large companies are all about leverage vs cash, and considering the loan was also said to be payment to owners, it sounds like the three of them are just getting money out of the company now while the getting is good. It's pretty standard business practice. Now, if the company -- for whatever crazy reason -- does go down in flames, they at least have this money in hand.

Basically, the UFC is fine -- they wouldn't be getting loans to pay off loans in this economy otherwise.
for the love of mma- October 19, 2009 at 7:42 am
where did hear that there broke? im a financial mojar and they just said ufc has MADE $300 million so far this year!!! made generally means after all cost and over head are paid!! $300 million, no ones going broke there!!!
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