Frank Fertitta Jr., the founder of Stations Casino and father of UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, has died due to complications from a heart condition. He was 70.
The news broke on Twitter with a post from Goldie at 7:10 p.m.:
MFG16 My thoughts and prayers to the entire family...may Mr Fertitta rest in peace....
The AP confirms the story and reports that Mr. Fertitta died Friday morning.
Not only was he a beloved father, but in a very real way Mr. Fertitta helped to create the modern UFC, because the money made from Stations Casino allowed his sons to save the UFC at a time when it was at his lowest ebb.
We will likely see a dedication as part of UFC 102.
On behalf of the fans at Bloody Elbow, the Fertitta family has our condolences during this difficult time and we thank them for all they have done and continue to do for the sport of MMA.