If you don’t think that the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas doesn’t want the UFC back in its fold, well, you didn’t see their latest ploy to lure the MMA juggernaut back.
The Palms frequently hosted the finale of the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter reality series. The UFC, however, hasn’t held an event at The Palms since June of 2012, more than two years ago, due to a falling out between the casino and UFC president Dana White.
White frequented the casino on his now-famous gambling escapades, frequently winning a lot of money at The Palms’ blackjack tables, and often lavishing much of his winnings in tips on the dealers and other servers at the establishment. Having been too successful at the casino, they cut his limit, in essence, cutting down on his fun; so the brash UFC big whig pulled his promotion from the casino.
It seems the casino may be trying to lure him back, as White on Tuesday posted a photo on Instagram of an Undisputed Blackjack Championship belt The Palms awarded him.
Is this the first step in mending fences? Who knows, but now White can walk alongside the likes of Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones, and Ronda Rousey, sporting his own golden hardware.