Reports are swirling that the Fertitta brothers are no longer the proud owners of the UFC … but TMZ Sports has learned it’s just not true.
According to reports, WME talent agency, along with a Chinese media org and a group led by Robert Kraft snagged the MMA powerhouse for around $4 billion.
Sources tell us … there are negotiations but “a deal isn’t even close.” In fact, we’re told there has not even been an agreement on whether 100% of the UFC will be sold or just a portion. Nor have the parties agreed on price.
One report says the deal was finalized Sunday between WME CEO Ari Emanuel, Lorenzo Fertitta and other UFC execs at a dinner meeting in Hollywood. But we’ve learned Emanuel was on a plane Sunday flying back from a bar mitzvah out of the country and Lorenzo was in Vegas all day. We’re told Dana White and Frank Fertitta were also in Vegas all day.
We’re told if a deal is consummated, it won’t happen this week and it’s possible it will never happen.