For one night, boxing’s biggest promoter and UFC’s brass put their bitter feud on hold in honor of the biggest trash-talker in combat sports history. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum (a longtime mixed-martial-arts critic) promised Lorenzo Fertitta (co-owner of the UFC) that he would say he loved the UFC to help end a bidding war between Fertitta and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over a pair of gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in his 1965 title fight against Floyd Patterson, Ali’s first in Las Vegas. “Bob Arum said #ilovetheufc! Hell freezes over,” Fertitta Tweeted after winning the auction with a $1.1 million bid at the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala in February, a benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Ali’s foundation.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products