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Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:

Confirmed?! UFC is reportedly sold for $4.2 billion; UFC denies sale

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UFC 197 fighters Holly Holm and Miesha Tate are faced-off by UFC President Dana White during a news conference also featuring Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at MGM Grand.

Updated Monday, June 20, 2016 | 9:24 p.m.

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Updated at 9:24 p.m.: UFC has told employees that a report of the company being sold for $4.2 billion is false.

Here is what we reported before the denial (which story is true?!):

Yahoo Sports confirms our Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor of imminent sale last Wednesday with this afternoon’s news that the UFC reportedly has been sold for a whopping $4.2 billion.

Zuffa, led by Red Rock Resort chiefs Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, accepted a bid by Miss Universe and Miss USA owners WME / IMG (Ari Emanuel portrayed on HBO’s “Entourage” as Ari Gold by actor Jeremy Piven) and three others believed to include Chinese investors.

As I reported last Wednesday, UFC President Dana White will remain, but the Fertittas will be departing. They purchased the UFC in 2001 for $2 million.

The Fertittas sunk in another $40 million and were about to shut it down when UFC suddenly got up and running. The $4 billion sale must be one of the best investments ever made with a $6 million investment over 15 years.

Are the Fertittas now going to use that $4 billion to buy an NFL team? That’s a rumor Dana started during a sports radio chat show two weeks ago.

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