Bloomberg.com provided a quirky revelation last week in an extensive story about the Fertitta brothers, the family behind the Station Casinos and Ultimate Fighting Championship empires. Regarding the UFC, if ever Frank III, 50, and Lorenzo, 43, disagree about the company’s direction, they’ll settle the dispute by fighting it out. Family lawyers have drafted a document that mandates three rounds of jiu-jitsu, with Dana White as the ref. The winner gets his way.
Sounds crazy, huh? Yet somehow this testosterone-fueled solution makes sense: The brothers have been training together for years and are in great shape, and there’s a long history of billionaire family businesses dismantling themselves through legal feuds. And this is the UFC we’re talking about. But what if they argue about what’s next for Station? A game of no-limit hold ’em? Ten frames at the Red Rock Lanes? An all-you-can-eat contest at the Palace Station’s Feast buffet?