The sale of the UFC from Zuffa to the new owners at WME/IMG is now officially complete, as longtime UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta had his final day in the office on Wednesday.
It was revealed in a letter sent to fighters regarding the sale being complete that tonight’s UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor show will be the first to be held under the new owners’ regime.
As noted, WME/IMG purchased full ownership of the UFC for the reported sum of $4 billion.
Below is a copy of the letter, which was released by MMAFighting.com:
Our team’s been honored to represent UFC and work with a number of you on the entertainment side for the past few years. We’ve had a front row seat as both a partner and as a fan to witness your dedication to this sport and UFC’s remarkable work in growing MMA’s popularity and elevating the organization on a global scale.
We couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds for UFC and for all of you. As UFC’s new operating partner, we will be working with Dana and the UFC team to amplify the work that’s already been done by mobilizing all of the sports and entertainment assets we have available to us in our international network.
We look forward to working with you and welcome any ideas and feedback as we begin this new chapter together.
Ari Emmanuel & Patrick Whitesell, Co-CEOs, WME/IMG.