Fighters React To $4 Billion UFC Sale On Twitter

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The news we were all expecting was officially confirmed yesterday, the UFC has sold to the highest bidder. Fashion and entertainment group WME-IMG takes over majority interest of the promotion with a whopping $4.2 billion agreement. UFC president Dana White stays in the frame, but that’s it for the Fertitta brothers, although they will have a minority % interest under the new ownership. The sale had been rumoured for some weeks, but numerous officials denied the talks until last night.

The memo from the UFC to fighters, as per BloodyElbow:

From the moment Zuffa, LLC purchased UFC over 15 years ago, you, the athletes, have always been the central focus of the promotion. That will not change. WME | IMG, who has been involved with UFC for many years, is focused on the continued global expansion of mixed martial arts and committed to further promoting you on the global stage.

The organization’s leadership, a team of great executives hand-picked to help lead the business, will remain in place to carry on their work and continue to lead the team of dedicated employees who promote your careers as mixed martial arts athletes.

You remain a very important part of a highly driven, dedicated and motivated organization that will continue to deliver wold-class experience and opportunities for you as athletes and for the greatest fans in the world.

Thank you,

The Zuffa executive team.

Here’s the Twitter reaction from Conor McGregor, Nate Quarry, Justin Scoggins and more: