The 46-year-old president and minority owner of the UFC says that while the outfit's not for sale just yet, anyone who might be interested had better have deep pockets.
DAN PATRICK:Is UFC up for sale?
DANA WHITE: We're always working on deals and on our expansion globally; however, I've been saying this since the rumors first came out, "No, we're not up for sale." But if somebody shows up with $4 billion, sure, we can talk. [Laughs.] We get offers all the time. In 2010 we got our first offer, which was for over $1 billion, and we turned it down.
DP:Would any sale be contingent on your staying on as president?
DW: I don't know how that would all work out, but the day we decide to sell, I probably won't want to do this anymore.
DP:The Fertitta brothers [Frank and Lorenzo] own close to 80% of UFC. Are they trying to buy the Raiders and move them to Vegas?
DW: No. That's absolutely false. It's well known that the Fertitta brothers are lunatics about football, but they are not looking to buy a team right now.
DP:What did you pay for UFC 15 years ago?
DW: We paid $2 million for it, but then we ended up about $44 million in the hole building it up before it turned around.
DP:Did you ever think about bailing?
DW: Yeah. When we got into this, it was a fun hobby for [the Fertitta brothers]. It became a non-fun hobby when we were $44 million in the hole. Lorenzo said, "I can't keep doing this." But then we came up with The Ultimate Fighter [reality show], and that turned everything around.
DP:Last time you spoke to UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor?
DW: Conor and I have been talking every day. Our relationship is great. We're going to put the little speed bump that happened [over McGregor's removal from UFC 200 on July 9 after he refused to do promotion for the event] behind us and move forward.
DP:Can he be on the card for UFC 200?
DW: He will not be on 200. We're going to get together next week and see what card he will end up on.
DP:Is there a chance that Ronda Rousey does not fight this year?
DW: I hope that's not the case. I would really like her to fight this year. That's up to Ronda. She's going to come out and let us know when she's ready to fight again.
DP:This whole McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather rumor—did you talk to McGregor about that?
DW: No, we haven't talked about it. Listen, Conor is under contract with UFC. If Floyd wants to come to UFC and fight Conor? Well, call me, Floyd.
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