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Exclusive: New UFC Ownership Group Turned Down MMA In 2006

Last Monday the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s parent company, Zuffa, announced that they had sold the promotion to talent agency conglomerate WME-IMG for a staggering $4 billion. The sale marks one of the biggest deals in sports history but Cage Wars promoter Paddy Mooney claims that IMG, the International Management Group acquired by WME in 2013, could have bought into the sport a lot …

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How The UFC Made MMA A $4 Billion Sport In Just 15 Years

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: UFC President Dana White and Co-Owner/Chair/CEO, UFC Lorenzo Fertitta attend UFC press conference at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage)

The perfect storm. That’s what the UFC were under the stewardship of promoter Dana White and owners the Fertitta brothers, Frank and Lorenzo. The perfect storm. The UFC were the idealistic blend of cutting edge promos, highlight reel knockouts and fighter monopolisation. They flourished while their biggest rival, boxing, began to perish. The UFC made the big fights, they pumped them up through …

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Journalists And Fighters React To News That The UFC Has Been Sold

News broke overnight Sunday into Monday that the Ultimate Fighting Championship Promotion had been sold by Zuffa Enterprises to WME-IMG. Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta were already making big money as the owners of Station Casinos in Las Vegas. They were convinced by their childhood friend Dana White to purchase the UFC in 2001 for a reported two million dollars. On …

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Twitter: Conor McGregor Reacts To UFC Sale

Following his brutally successful UFC debut back in April of 2013, Conor McGregor famously called for company president Dana White to bestow upon him a performance bonus. “Hey Dana, 60 g’s baby!”, shouted McGregor during a post-fight interview. He was indeed awarded with a bonus later that night, something that meant the world to a young man who had collected …

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UFC Sale Reportedly Completed, Led By WME-IMG Investors

While the UFC was quick to shoot down any talk of the promotion’s sale as “false accusations”, a new report suggests the deal has already being finalized. Sources close to FloCombat confirmed on Wednesday that the premier MMA organization has been sold by Zuffa LLC to a group of investors led by the William Morris Endeavor-IMG agency. According to the …

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Reports Claiming That ZUFFA Have Accepted Offer For UFC Branded “False Speculation” By Promotion

In May, a report from ESPN journalist Darren Rovell claimed that the UFC’s parent company ZUFFA were in negotiations with a number of entities interested in buying the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. Rovell indicated that the company would likely sell for somewhere between $3.5 and $4 billion dollars. China’s largest commercial property company, the Dalian Wanda Group, were singled …

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Report: UFC Expected To Sell For Roughly $4 Billion In The Very Near Future

The Ultimate Fighting Championship could have new owners very soon, following reports that official bidding for the premier MMA organisation is currently underway. Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer revealed in his most recent newsletter (via Forbes) that bidding for the UFC is expected to end on June 16 and a $4 billion bid would guarantee 100% ownership of the company. According to …

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Reports Suggest UFC Owners In Talks Regarding Sale Of The Company

A report published by ESPN’s Darren Rovell claims that the Fertitta brothers are in negotiations with four separate entities that have made bids for their global MMA juggernaut – the UFC. As per the report, the organisations that have made offers to buy the promotion are WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group. At present the Dalian …

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Reports: The UFC Could Be Sold This Year

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman and CEO, speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going from strength to strength. Two weeks ago UFC 196 broke all previous pay-per-view records, as interest in the promotion is sky-rocketing. July’s bumper 200 event is set to be even bigger again, as a super-card is being lined up. However, according to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Snowden, the company could be up for sale very …

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Watch: Conor McGregor Dismisses UFC Top Brass Rift In Typical Fashion

A rumour that has ballooned since December’s UFC 194 event has seemingly been nipped in the bud. Frank Fertitta (owner of Zuffa) and his questionable reaction to Conor McGregor’s shock win over Jose Aldo gave rise to speculation surrounding the once water-tight relationship between UFC executives and their star fighter. Dana White vehemently denied the reports, and Conor McGregor has …

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Dana White Has Finally Addressed The Frank Fertitta Belt Controversy

Dana White spoke to the Boston Herald recently ahead of next week’s UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports, and responded to the Frank Fertitta conspiracies. The UFC president has kept schtum up until now on footage back at UFC 194 purporting to show Frank Fertitta, owner of Zuffa LLC (which runs the UFC itself), slamming the title belt down upon Conor McGregor’s knockout of Jose Aldo. @rmchairanalyst @Punchy_Primate @FrontRowBrian recorded this …

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