Ahead of UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Las Vegas Strip on May 28, the UFC made a surprising announcement. The mixed martial arts promotion announced that it "make[s] every effort to work with unionized workers around the county." This means that UFC fighters and others associated with UFC 130 should not stay at Station Casinos properties like Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch as well as the Palms, even though all of these casino-hotels are partially owned by Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, the majority owners of UFC.
On the Las Vegas Strip, most of the hotels are unionized so there should be no problem for the UFC to put up everyone working for UFC 130 in a union hotel this weekend.
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Below is what the UFC in its recent press statement: "The UFC makes every effort to work with unionized workers around the country. This past weekend in Toronto the UFC spent over $1 million in direct wages to union employees. Almost 500 union workers from stagehands to electricians to security guards to ushers would be employed for a single UFC event at Madison Square Garden. In fact, the very union opposing this bill and criticizing the UFC's business practices sought its business for its very own travel booking company called Inmex, ensuring that UFC stays in unionized hotels around the country. The UFC was pleased to enter into this business relationship which exists to this day."