Conor McGregor, UFC fighters react to $4 billion sale
The UFC announced Monday morning that it had sold itself for a whopping $4 billion to a new group of owners, including WME-IMG, ushering in an entirely new era for the biggest promotion in the sport of mixed martial arts.
The announcement comes fresh off a busy weekend for the promotion, where it held three events in three days, culminating with a record-breaking event at UFC 200.
There has been plenty of early speculation on how the business will change now that longtime owners, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations. Much of that guesswork is being done by the fighters themselves, who will have new bosses for the first time in 15 years.
Take a look at how fighters from across the UFC landscape reacted to the historic sale.
I am honoured to have fought under the Fertitta regime! To have been mentored by these great people on this great business is a true honour!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 11, 2016
UFC worth as much as Star Wars. Pretty damn crazy.
— Josh Samman (@JoshSamman) July 11, 2016
— Justin (@ScogginsFlow) July 11, 2016
— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) July 11, 2016
4 bil… I was probably worth more and so was everyone else right?
— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) July 11, 2016
— Joe Ellenberger (@JoeEllenberger) July 11, 2016
Perfect time to change the revenue split to ➡️ 46% / 54% split to be equal to the other major sports.💰💰💰 #WeAllNeedToEat
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) July 11, 2016
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) July 11, 2016
1 single move that would change the sport for the best, literally overnight..
Match the revenue split to all major sports. (Close to 50/50)
— Johnny Hollywood (@HollywoodCase) July 11, 2016
So I asked UFC brass after the sale, does that mean we all get paid more??? and they said… https://t.co/vaRoSPz35X
— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) July 11, 2016
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) July 11, 2016