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Old 02-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Lorenzo purchases Ali's gloves and makes Bob Arum say "I love the UFC"

A bit childish, I know - still a fun little story

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How much did it cost ZUFFA co-owner and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) CEO Lorenzo Fertitta to hear fossilized fight promoter Bob Arum say "I love the UFC?"

Around $1.1 million.

The whopping payout also scored him a pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves. Not just any old pair, either, but the same ones he used to defeat Floyd Patterson in their 1965 heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to ESPN.com.

Fertitta was on hand for the red carpet fundraiser, held at "Sin City's" MGM Grand Resort and Casino, to honor Ali's 70th birthday, as well as raise money for brain research, including the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

"The Greatest" has been fighting Parkinson's disease for almost 30 years.

So, how does Arum factor into the equation?

"Bigot Bob," who in the past referred to UFC fighters as juiced-up homosexual skinheads, was forced to drop his usual anti-MMA tirade and play nice during the auction, because Fertitta would only raise his bid for the famous gloves, which at the time was approaching $750,000, if Arum openly admitted he loved the UFC.

He did, and Fertitta immediately tweeted his moral and financial victory.

The star-studded affair, which attracted over 2,000 attendees along with a who's-who of celebrities and sports stars, will air this Saturday night (Feb. 25, 2012) on ABC and ESPN.
Source: MMAMania.com

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Old 02-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hate to say it but that's Arum's moral victory, not Lorenzo's.
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lol, 'He'll freezes over'.
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lol, 'He'll freezes over'.
LOL at the tweet below it... "How are you affiliated with MMA?"
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Hate to say it but that's Arum's moral victory, not Lorenzo's.
Are you sure..

Nice story. I also read that Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, was bidding for those gloves too.
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Haha Bob Arum was probably cringing his teeth the whole time. Good for Lorenzo.... what i would do for those gloves...
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Pretty sure.

Lorenzo is all like 'I'm not gonna give more money for cancer research until he says he's stupid' and Arum is all like 'Alright ya stupid kid...".
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Nice tribute.
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This isn't really a 'gotcha' moment. Arum was willing to swallow his pride in order to enhance a good cause. Lorenzo got some laughs out of it.
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