UFC announces David Allen as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa

Jan 16, 2015

UFC® ANNOUNCES DAVID ALLEN AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

LONDON The UFC® today announced the appointment of David Allen as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Allen first joined the UFC in December of 2013 as Director of Events, Marketing and Communications for EMEA. Throughout his 13 months with the organization, Allen has helped grow and develop the organization’s London office, and provided valuable leadership during a busy year for the region highlighted by sold out shows in London and Dublin in 2014.

Dublin born Allen kicked off his sports career with sportswear manufacturer Adidas in 1994. In 1998, he made the move to Nike where he held sales positions in the UK and EMEA business ahead of his promotion to General Manager of Nike Football EMEA in 2006. In this role, Allen led the team to over $1 Billion in sales and the market leader position in the critical markets of UK, Italy, France and Spain.

In 2010, Allen took on a new challenge within the Nike family and accepted the role of General Manager EMEA and USA for the UMBRO brand. He was responsible for creating the vision of the UMBRO brand, growing revenues, developing and delivering turnaround strategies to key markets.

In his new role, Allen will continue to be based in the London office overseeing the UFC’s business in the EMEA region and report to UFC Chief Global Brand Officer Garry Cook.

On the appointment, Cook said: “I have had the privilege of working with David over many years and his dedication, determination and drive will add great value. The UFC looks forward to the further growth of the brand in EMEA under David’s tutelage, as the organization targets new markets, partnerships and opportunities, including it’s largest European event to date in Stockholm next week.”

 

David Allen added: “”I am grateful for the confidence the company has placed in me and I look forward to working with a great team, both here in EMEA and in our Las Vegas office, as we work together to grow the UFC business across the region.”

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Reebok Partners With one the Most Inspiring Athletes in the UFC

Jan 15, 2015

REEBOK PARTNERS WITH ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING ATHLETES IN THE UFC®

FEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDER CONOR MCGREGOR

Continuing to empower fitness enthusiasts around the world through its tough fitness approach, Reebok announces today its partnership with UFC featherweight contender, Conor McGregor.  The signing follows the recent announcement of Reebok’s groundbreaking partnership with the UFC, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, and builds upon the global fitness brand’s impressive roster of UFC athletes which includes UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, and former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks amongst others.

Proving his potential truly is limitless, in two years Conor McGregor went from young up-and-comer to one of the most exciting athletes in the sport of MMA.  “Conor’s hard work, determination and confidence have gotten him to where he is today,” said Reebok Brand President Matt O’Toole. “His passion and his commitment to continual self-improvement are a true reflection of the Reebok brand.”

 

According to UFC President Dana White, “Conor is without a doubt one of the most exciting fighters we have ever had in the UFC.”

Born in Dublin, Ireland, twenty –six year old McGregor represents Reebok’s first UFC athlete that originates from and trains in Europe.  Officially ranked no.5 in the UFC featherweight division, McGregor is steadily growing in popularity as he rides a 12-fight win streak and builds on his impressive 16-2 record. McGregor continues his journey to the division title this Sunday at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver in Boston, Mass., where he will wear his first-ever “Reebok Walkout T-Shirt” when he takes on 10th-ranked Dennis Siver.

McGregor will play an important role in launching Reebok’s new collection of footwear and apparel specifically created for the 35 million people around the world who train like fighters.  “I believe my potential in the Octagon is limitless, but it all comes down to the training you put in pre-fight,” said McGregor.  “With a top fitness brand like Reebok behind me, there’s no telling what I can do in the Octagon.”

“In addition to being one of the fastest growing sports in the world, MMA is also one of the most demanding in terms of conditioning and fitness. Reebok believes that by pushing ourselves to the brink and testing our limitations, we have the power to transform ourselves not only physically but also mentally and socially,” said O’Toole.

For further information and assets please visit the Reebok News Stream at news.reebok.com

For further information on UFC please visit www.ufc.com

 

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iN DEMAND renews agreement for distribution of UFC events to cable and Telco providers

Jan 9, 2015

iN DEMAND RENEWS AGREEMENT

FOR DISTRIBUTION OF UFC® EVENTS TO CABLE AND TELCO PROVIDERS

New Deal includes Expansion of Rights

New York, Jan. 9 – – On the heels of UFC® 182, one of the biggest UFC PPV events ever, iN DEMAND, the leading distributor of transactional entertainment to cable and telcos, and Zuffa LLC, the owner of UFC®, the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports organization, have announced a multi-year renewal of their agreement to deliver UFC Pay-Per-View (PPV) events to more than 50 million digital subscribers throughout the United States. The announcement was made today by Marshall Zelaznik, UFC Chief Content Officer, and Michael Berman, iN DEMAND’s EVP, Programming and General Counsel. This deal ensures that UFC’s biggest and most important events will continue to be available via PPV, and includes expanded rights such as the ability of iN DEMAND affiliates to offer EST (ownership via Electronic Sell-Through) and sales of the PPV events to commercial establishments. Plus, affiliates can offer the UFC’s digital streaming service UFC FIGHT PASS® to video subscribers on a fully authenticated basis.

This new agreement provides for the continuation of a long collaboration between the two companies, which has helped the UFC grow to be one of the most powerful entities in the PPV and sports marketplace.

iN DEMAND will deliver every UFC PPV event and purchasers will enjoy longer viewership windows via VOD and TV Everywhere convenience. All events are offered in both Standard and High Definition, as well as a separate Spanish language feed.*

According to iN DEMAND’s Berman, “We have been proud to be a part of UFC’s growth from their launch on PPV to their current status as the gold-standard for Mixed Martial Arts, worldwide. This new deal ensures that we will continue our long-term relationship by not only distributing their core PPV events, but we will also be an intrinsic part of their next generation of growth through subscription and digital ownership of the UFC’s compelling content.”

UFC’s Zelaznik said: “It is great to continue our rewarding and long-lasting relationship with iN DEMAND. The ability of UFC to deliver our best and most meaningful fights and events to so many fans in the years to come is great news for our sport, our brand and our partners. This partnership will allow us to continue to be the world’s leading PPV content provider.”

For upcoming schedules, go to: http://www.indemand.com/whats-on/events/

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Jan 6, 2015

UFC FIGHT PASS® TO GREATLY EXPAND FIGHT PASS LIBRARY IN 2015

 

UFC’S DIGITAL STREAMING SERVICE HAS ACQUIRED THE RIGHTS TO EIGHT SIGNIFICANT FIGHT LIBRARIES

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – The world’s largest mixed martial arts fight library is going to get a whole lot bigger in 2015.

 

UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, has obtained the rights to the fight archives of Cage Rage, Extreme Challenge MMA, the XFO, UCMMA, Hook N Shoot, TKO, King of the Cage and the Pancrase organizations.

 

The UFC FIGHT PASS library extension was announced earlier today in Las Vegas.

 

UFC’s Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik said: “When we launched UFC FIGHT PASS one year ago, we said that it would keep getting better and better and would offer fight fans unrivaled value for money. We believe we’ve delivered on that promise yet again with this exciting announcement that these major fight libraries will be coming to FIGHT PASS.”

 

The new libraries will join those of the WEC, Strikeforce, WFA, PRIDE FC, EliteXC, Affliction, Invicta FC and of course UFC on UFCFIGHTPASS.com.

 

Zelaznik said fans will begin to see selected content from these new libraries added to the FIGHT PASS service in the spring, with content uploaded throughout 2015.

 

He said: “When we are finally done ingesting all these new libraries, we expect to be offering our members access to over 13,000 fights from all over the world and across and the entire history of our sport. That’s an astonishing 6,500 hours of archived fights on top of all the interviews, documentaries, original programming and live fights we have on UFC FIGHT PASS.”

 

The new fight archives will include:

 

  • Cage Rage – the British based promotion was active from 2002 to 2008 and featured Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping, Anderson Silva, “Bigfoot” Silva, Dan Severn, Brad Pickett and more.

 

  • Extreme Challenge MMA – Formed in the mid-1990s, Extreme Challenge’s vast library includes everything from MMA pioneer fights with the likes of UFC Hall of Famers Dan Severn, Matt Hughes and Pat Miletich to bouts featuring modern UFC starts including Tim Kennedy and reigning welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

 

  • XFO – The premiere regional promotion in American’s Mid-West since its 2004 inception, the X-Treme Fighting Organization’s archives boast appearances from Chael Sonnen, Clay Guida, Jamie Varner and Felice Herrig.

 

  • UCMMA – the successor to Cage Rage Championships, UCMMA features some of the best British talent including the early bouts of Jimi Manuwa, Tom Watson and Brad Pickett.

 

  • Hook N Shoot – A US based group which ran from the mid-1990s to 2011 and boasted appearances from future UFC fighters like champions Jens Pulver and Frank Mir, contenders including Antonio Nogueira and female pioneers including Miesha Tate.

 

  • King of the Cage – Founded in 1998 in California, KOTC has featured a who’s who of MMA over the years, including Dan Severn, Rampage Jackson, Daniel Cormier, Rory MacDonald, Urijah Faber, and early career appearances from current UFC champions Ronda Rousey, Demetrious Johnson, Robbie Lawler and TJ Dillashaw.

 

  • TKO – This Canadian league ran from 2000 to 2008 and served as a proving ground for the best Canadian talent including Patrick Cote, Sam Stout and Mark Hominick and Georges St-Pierre.

 

  • Pancrase – Launched in 1993, this iconic organization from Japan has featured legendary  MMA pioneers including Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Josh Barnett and Masakatsu Funaki plus more modern names like Jose Aldo and Chael Sonnen.

 

Further details will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

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Jon Jones sigue siendo el rey de los semi pesados #UFC182

Jan 3, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV. (Bereavision) -La UFC comienza el año 2015 con una cartelera impresionante. Estando apenas en el tercer día de este año, con la UFC 182 que sin duda se convertía en un un “trending topic” en las redes sociales.

 

Cabe destacar que Jones y Cormier supieron levantar el rating para esta pelea ya que el pasado 4 de agosto del 2014 cuando la pelea era anunciada ellos se pelearon en el lobby del MGM Grand en Las Vegas.

 

Si bien es cierto, como lo mencionaba Dana White el día de ayer, la UFC 182 no fue un evento que se haya vendido totalmente, pero sin duda alguna tendrá muchas compras por pay-per-view.

 

La primer pelea de pago por evento daba inicio a las siete de la noche donde Hector Lombard se enfrentó a Josh Burkman. El cubano Lombard conectó mas golpes durante los 3 rounds. Por decisión unánime Héctor Lombard ganaba la pelea.

 

A continuación comenzó la pelea de Kyoji Horiguchi y Louis Gaudinot. Hogiruchi tuvo un mejor desempeño y ganaba la pelea por decisión unánime.

 

La tercer pelea antes de la pelea estelar era la de Brad Tavares contra Nate Marquardt. A los noventa segundos del segundo round parecía que Tavares iba a noquear a Marquardt. Tavares se llevaba la victoria por decisión unánime.

 

La semi pelea estelar fue la de Donald Cerrone contra Myles Jury. En los primeros segundos del primer round Jury le aplicaba una llave a Cerrone en la cual parecía tener bajo control a Cerrone. Pero Cerrone logró salir de esa llave e intento aplicarle una llave a Jury. Cerrone era capaz de aplicar la llave llamada “Triángulo”. En un punto faltando 40 segundos para que el primer round terminara parece que Cerrone iba a poder aplicar la llave pero no fue así. El segundo round fue un round muy cerrado para los dos. El ganador por decisión unánime fue “El Vaquero” Donald Cerrone que al final del tercer round agarro a patadas a Jury cuando estaba tirado en la lona.

 

La pelea estelar de la noche comenzaba a las 9:23 P.M.  Entre el campeón de peso semi pesado Jon Jones contra el retador Daniel Cormier. A los 40 segundos Jones tiraba a la lona a Cormier tratando de someterlo. Unos segundos más tarde Cormier hacia lo mismo contra Jones. Cabe destacar que en general por un 20 por ciento Jones conectó mas golpes que Cormier. Por decisión unánime Jon Jones se llevaba la victoria y por asi decirlo, “sigue siendo el rey” de el peso semi pesado.

 

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Be Bruce Lee For Free this Holiday in EA SPORTS UFC

Jan 1, 2015

Be Bruce Lee For Free this Holiday in EA SPORTS UFC

It’s the season for giving, and EA SPORTS  is giving back to fans by making the Father of Mixed Martial Arts, Bruce Lee, free in EA SPORTS UFC!

 

Bruce Lee will be available to download for free starting today until January 5, 2015 on Xbox Live worldwide and PlayStation Network North America, and from Dec 23 to January 5, 2015 on PlayStation Network in all other territories. During that time period, all variations of Bruce Lee/The Dragon will be available for download including:

 

  • Bruce Lee – Bantamweight Division
  • Bruce Lee – Featherweight Division
  • Bruce Lee – Lightweight Division
  • Bruce Lee – Welterweight Division
  • Bruce Lee – Weightclass Bundle (all four divisions)

 

Step into the EA SPORTS UFC Octagon with The Dragon this holiday season! For more information visit http://o.ea.com/32351.

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UFC Announces Ken Berger as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Asia

Jan 1, 2015

UFC® ANNOUNCES KEN BERGER AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF ASIA

Singapore – The UFC® today announced the appointment of Kenneth K. Berger as its Executive Vice President and General Manager of Asia.

Berger, 49, has a proven track record of business success throughout Asia, having worked across the region for the last 25 years. With an MBA from Thunderbird, American School of International Management, Berger went on to build his career at International Management Group (IMG), where he held the position of International Vice President Asia. His responsibilities at IMG included managing the licensing division in South East Asia, and then Japan, where he developed a variety of licensing programmes including Major League Baseball (MLB), Wimbledon, Arnold Palmer and the British Open.

Berger later made the move to ISL Marketing as their Managing Director, Japan and then to FIFA Marketing, where he headed the FIFA World Cup marketing and event services operations. After successfully delivering the marketing rights of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he launched his own successful sports agency, Sports Marketing Japan (SMJ). For seven years SMJ worked as a licensee for globally renowned sports properties in developing branded mobile and pc sites in Japan for Serie A, NBA, NFL, PGA Tour, LPGA, UFC and ESPN.

In 2009, SMJ was acquired by Yoshimoto Kogyo, Japan’s largest entertainment production entity and talent agency.

On the appointment, UFC Chief Global Brand Officer Garry Cook said: “The UFC welcomes a leader like Ken to drive increased brand growth in Asia and take the sport and the UFC to the next  level. The next twelve months will see UFC enter new markets, develop a more robust local roster of fighters and host several world class events in Asia and we are confident in the developments and successes that Ken will bring.”

Ken Berger added: “I feel honored to be joining the UFC. Mixed martial arts is the world’s fastest growing sport and Asia is its birthplace, which puts me in a very special position. I am hugely excited to be part of such a dynamic industry, and I am looking forward to helping the sport grow in this part of the world. The international stage is an important piece of UFC’s success, together with our talented and committed staff and athletes, we will help to scale MMA across Asia.”

Cortesia: UFC

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Ultimo Paso para la UFC 181: La Báscula

Dec 5, 2014

12-5-14,Las Vegas,Nevada

Ultimo Paso para la UFC 181: La Báscula

Las Vegas Nevada fue el escenario del ultimo paso para la gran cartelera UFC 181: La Báscula donde los gladiadores se mostraron listos para el combate.

El campeón del peso Welter Johny Hendricks el cual defenderá su titulo ante el contendiente numero uno Robbie Lawler el cual desea arrebatarle el titulo y llevarse la victoria este próximo sábado seis de Diciembre.

Evento Estelar:

Johny Hendricks (170) vs. (170) Robbie Lawler

Cartelera coestelar:

Anthony Pettis (154.5) vs. Gilbert Melendez (155)

Travis Browne (243) vs. Brendan Schaub (244)

Todd Duffee (236.5) vs. Anthony Hamilton (256)

Tony Ferguson (156) vs. Abel Trujillo (156)

 

Peleas Preliminares:

Urijah Faber (135.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (135)

Eddie Gordon (185.5) vs. Josh Samman (185.5)

Corey Anderson (204.5) vs. Justin Jones (204.5)

Raquel Pennington (136) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smth (135.5)

Nota: Guillemo Moreno

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Legends in EA SPORTS UFC

Dec 5, 2014

Legends in EA SPORTS UFC

Today EA SPORTS UFC released a new trailer for the game’s sixth free content update featuring for the first time legendary UFC fighters, Brock Lesnar, Rampage Jackson, Matt Hughes and Mark Coleman. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/-bxnjl5hbfA?list=PLJiVGeJ_KPz7ZG1jUV-G5G_B2Hdw-4afD

 

Feel the fight as the action, emotion, and intensity inside the Octagon are brought to life like never before. The next generation of MMA fighting begins with EA SPORTS UFC available now on Xbox One and PS4.

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Dos Títulos Mundiales Encabezará la UFC 18: Por la Revancha!

Dec 3, 2014

Dos Títulos Mundiales Encabezará la UFC 181 por la Revancha mas Esperada

Dos títulos mundiales encabezará la UFC 181 por la revancha mas esperada entre el campeón de peso welter de UFC Johny Hendricks (16-2) y el contendiente No. 1 Robbie Lawler (24-10, 1 NC). Preparando el escenario para el evento principal será el campeón de peso ligero Anthony Pettis (17-2), quien se enfrentara al ex campeón de peso ligero STRIKEFORCE dos veces Gilbert Meléndez (22-3). Este evento apilado marca la primera defensa del título para ambos Hendricks y Pettis.

 

EVENTOS RECIENTES CON MÚLTIPLES PELEAS DE TITULO: La doble cabecera en la UFC 181 es una de la serie de eventos de UFC desde el UFC 100 para ofrecer dos o más peleas por el título. Otros eventos incluyen la próxima UFC 184 en Los Ángeles, así como el ya mencionado de UFC 100, UFC 111, UFC 112, UFC 129, UFC 136, UFC 152, UFC 165, UFC 168, UFC 169 y 175 UFC.

 

HENDRICKS vs. LAWLER II: Los rivales tuvieron una reunión respetuosa por primera vez en Marzo en UFC 171 por el título welter el entonces vacante, con un Hendricks por poco superando a Lawler en las tarjetas en una batalla de ida y vuelta. Después de su victoria, el campeón recién coronado se sometió a una cirugía y ha estado fuera de acción desde entonces. Esta será la primer pelea de Hendricks desde que ganó el título, Lawler ha derrotado a los principales contendientes (No.8) Jake Ellenberger y (No.5) Matt Brown en el ínterino, asegurando así su revancha sobre el retorno de Hendricks

 

IT’S SHOWTIME: Los dos mejores peleadores de 155 libras en el mundo se enfrentarán en el evento co-estelar como Pettis pone su título de campeonato de peso ligero de UFC en la línea contra de la división contendiente No. 1 Meléndez. Después de capturar el título de Benson Henderson en el UFC 164, una lesión marginó a Pettis durante casi un año. En su regreso a los escenarios, “Showtime” tomó un lugar de entrenamiento en la última entrega de The Ultimate Fighter, “El Niño” viene de una victoria increíble en una candidata a pelea del año contra Diego Sánchez en el UFC 166. Se hará una segunda oferta por el título tras caer en corto al entonces campeón de Henderson en su debut.

 

Evento imperdible PESO PESADO: (Nº 3) Travis Browne (16-2-1) se levantó rápidamente a la contención del título con triunfos sobre Alistair Overeem, el ex campeón de peso pesado Josh Barnett y Gabriel Gonzaga. De tres peleas ganadas de Browne se descarriló en abril, cuando Fabricio Werdum ganó los cinco asaltos victoria por decisión unánime que venía con una oportunidad por el título garantizado. Mirando a volver a la pista, Browne adquiere TUF temporada 10 veterano Brendan Schaub (11-4). Viene de una derrota polémica decisión de Andrei Arlovski en el UFC 174, Schaub es salir a hacer una declaración y espera avanzar en las filas con una victoria sobre un contendiente top-5.

 

CAMPEONES TUF PARA CONSULTA: Temporada 19 de “The Ultimate Fighter” vieron Eddie Gordon y Corey Anderson ganar las coronas de peso medio y ligero de peso pesado, respectivamente. Gordon es un compañero de entrenamiento del campeón de peso medio Chris Weidman en Nueva York y va a unirse Weidman en Nueva York MMA en el mapa con múltiples principales competidores en la división de peso medio. Anderson ha trasladado su campamento permanente a Nueva Jersey, donde no sólo se entrena con el segundo contendiente de peso pluma Frankie Edgar, pero él vive con el suegro “de la respuesta”. Para dar comienzo a la tarjeta principal será TUF temporada 13 Ganador de Tony Ferguson. “El Cucuy” está en una racha ganadora de tres peleas que incluye dos acabados de primera ronda; Una victoria sobre Abel Trujillo es probable que vea Ferguson preparado para un oponente de primer-15 en su próxima pelea.

Cortesia: UFC

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