Yahoo! Sports columnist Kevin Iole was able to land a rare one-on-one interview with UFC co-owner Lorenzo Feritta. It’s a great interview that has generated a lot of discussion around the Internet thus far.
Most fans are none too pleased with a comment in which Fertitta praises the UFC 78 card that took place in November from a business perspective:
Y!: But it seems like you had some shows in 2007 that just didn’t do that well as they had in the past. Isn’t that fair?
LF: Not really. I actually look at this the opposite way. One of the greatest successes that we’ve had, for instance, is the last show we did in New Jersey (UFC 78 on Nov. 17). We had a fight being headlined by two guys who had never fought for a championship and, relatively, had never been proven to be pay-per-view draws. But we basically sold out the arena in New Jersey and we did very strong, above average, pay-per-view. So to me, while it wasn’t Liddell-Ortiz, that said more to me than one of what you might call one of our bigger fights did. It showed that our UFC brand can carry a whole show.
From a fan’s perspective, I can understand why they wouldn’t be too happy with a co-owner of the UFC giving themselves credit for putting together a card that was not one of their strongest efforts.