Back in 2001 when the UFC was purchased by the Fertitta brothers with frontman Dana White under the company name Zuffa LLC, Dan Lambert was also in talks to purchase the dying MMA company. Lambert is now the owner of American Top Team, one of the biggest and most powerful fight camps in combat sports he founded in 2001.
UFC Welterweight Interim Champion Colby Covington recently spoke to Marc Charles on TGIF Radio in Tampa and he was asked what UFC would be like today if his coach Dan Lambert had purchased the company in 2001.
“The UFC would be completely different, no one would be complaining first off. He would take care of every single fighter. He would make sure every fighter is paid top-absolute-dollar because you know not only is he a smart businessman and knows how to build a business but he also takes care of the people around him. Every single fighter at American Top Team is taken care of financially, they have the backing of him.
He’s not in this to make money, he loses money on American Top Team, he loses millions of dollars a year at ATT. But he doesn’t care, because he’s that passionate about fighting, that passionate about mixed martial arts, he wants to see the best out of the guys.
So if Dan Lambert was running the UFC you would see a completely different regimen, there wouldn’t be anyone talking about a union, you wouldn’t hear people talking about sinking the UFC because no one’s getting paid or no one’s getting treated fairly. He treats everybody fairly, he’s not looking to make money off these guys, he’s looking to see everyone grow in the careers and everyone get the maximum out of their careers.”
Covington is currently waiting for the UFC to officially book a unification Welterweight bout between him and current Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. According to Colby Covington’s coach and manager Dan Lambert, Colby is 100% next to fight Kamaru Usman.
By Marc Charles for Money Talk Radio