Tom Brady, Conan O’Brien, Sylvester Stallone and Ben Affleck Among New Investors in UFC
By FCF Staff
Following the UFC’s sale this past summer for a reported $4 billion price tag, the promotion has announced that numerous athletes, actors and celebrities have invested in the company.
In July, it was revealed that the UFC had been purchased by the talent agency WME | IMG, with financial backing from Silver Lake Partners and KKR, MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P.
Recently the promotion announced that some of the new investors in the company also include Tom Brady, Venus Williams, Conan O’Brien, Sylvester Stallone, LL Cool J, Ben Affleck, Michael Bay, Rob Dyrdek, Guy Fieri, Flea, Calvin Harris, Anthony Kiedis, Jimmy Kimmel, Robert Kraft, Adam Levine, Li Na, Cam Newton, Trey Parker, Tyler Perry, Maria Sharapova, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, and Mark Wahlberg.
“Recently, entertainment giants IMG and William Morris Endeavor (WME) purchased the UFC,” O’Brien was quoted saying in the announcement. “It was one of the biggest transactions in the entire history of sports. I happen to be represented by William Morris Endeavor, and these guys do a terrific job. After the UFC deal was announced, WME gave some of their clients an opportunity to purchase a small ownership stake in the UFC, and I’m excited to say that I’m one of those clients.”
The UFC’s next event will take place tomorrow night in Portland, Oregon.