Looks like the UFC is movin’ on up to the east side! Dana White, President of the UFC and Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Owner/Chairman, were named #41 on Sports Business Daily’s and Sports Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business. Although this is the first time these two men have been on the list, I expect to see them coming at #1 sometime in the near future. Congratulations Dana and Lorenzo!

#41. Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and Dana White, President

In the last decade, the Las Vegas billionaire and his bombastic front man have taken the UFC from outlawed to in thing. A move to the Fox family of networks, coupled with expansion into South America and Asia, made 2011 a watershed year.