The driving forces behind UFC

The driving forces behind UFC

There are 3 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 10, 2009, titled The driving forces behind UFC. In it, Newsday reports that:

Brothers and UFC co-owners Frank, far left, and Lorenzo Fertitta, right center, attend the 'Octagon' private viewing with UFC president Dana White, left center, and photographer Kevin Lynch on Jan.

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ufc fan NY

Dolton, IL

#1 Jul 11, 2009
I think that UFC was better then[1995] than now.Back then it was Skill vs skill. It would be sooo fun now to see a guy like Bj penn kick Brock Lesner A**!!!!!!!!

New York, NY

#2 Jul 11, 2009
The Fertitta family history is colourful, to say the least...

They started in New Orleans as italian immigrants and quickly developed a reputation of a family that was involved with gambling all along the gulf coast. A marriage with the Maceo family in Galveston conbined their families and became quite powerful. The families had all illegal gambling activities between New Orleans and Galveston up until the late 1950's when the feds came to Galveston and removed the gambling element. In 1960, Frank Fertitta, Jr. and his new wife and daughter when to Las Vegas to "start a new life". He was hired at the Tropicana as a dealer and the asenction started to ultimately building the Palace Casino. His sons, Frank III and Lorenzo took their father's concept of building casinos "for the locals" public and in 2007, went private in a $5 billion dollar deal...

There's a story that Al Capone's 2nd in command, Frank Nitti, went to Galveston in the 1930's and attempted to threaten Anthony Fertitta that Chicago wanted the gambling business. Anthony Fertitta and Frank Nitti took "a drive" to a very remote location of the Gulf. Fertitta made it known to Nitti if he ever came and attempted to threaten him and the Maceo family again, he wouldn't leave Texas alive. Once Nitti told Capone this, the urban legend is that Capone said something to the effect that Texas is "too far from Chicago" and wasn't worth the time...
funny thing is

United States

#3 Jul 15, 2009
Way to go Brock Lesnor...a few days ago I didn't know who you were or barely followed the UFC...but thanks to you and your like me, millions of others have been pulled into the sport....

You have become the Mike Tyson of UFC....the Barry bonds...the Micheal Jordan of because of you...the UFC will increase viewer ship which spells more money for the fighters...

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