Zuffa or Zuffa, LLC is a sports promotions company founded in January 2001 by Stations Casinos in Las Vegas. It specializes in promoting mixed martial events. The word, “Zuffa” is an Italian word that means fight.

Zuffa is considered as a parent of the Ultimate Fighting Championship after it purchased the famous promotional company from the Semaphone Entertainment Group.

In July 11, 2016, Zuffa was purchased for $4.02 billion by the WME-IMG group which included MSD Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Silver Lake Partners.

Zuffa Basic Facts

Zuffa is a private promotional company that has been existing for 19 years. Its founders included the executives of Stations Casinos, Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Ferttita. At present, the key people behind the organization include Ari Emanuel and Partrick Whitesell, the CEOs and president, Dana White.

On the other hand, the subsidiaries of Zuffa include the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the now defunct World Fighting Alliance, Pride Fighting Championships and World Extreme Cagefightiing Strikeforce.

Zuffa Relationship with Mixed Martial Arts Organizations

Zuffa maintained relationships with several mixed martial organizations. The nature of these relationships are both positive and negative.

First is with the IFL or the International Fight League, which existed from 2006 to 2008. During this time, both organizations were hostile to each other. Zuffa sued the International Fight League for illegally using information of which the latter responded with a lawsuit of their own. This tension worsened when IFL attempted to recruit fighters of the UFC.

Next organization is the WFA or the World Fighting Alliance. This organization was purchased by Zuffa in 2006 and made it as a subsidiary. This also holds true for the WEC or the World Extreme Cagefighting.

Strikeforce, Pride Fighting Championships and United Glory also have direct relationships with Zuffa. Both Pride Fighting Championships, which was the biggest competition of the UFC before and Strikeforce were acquired by Zuffa. United Glory on the other hand, changed its name after a lawsuit from Zuffa.

Last but not the least are Shooto and the Invicta Fighting Championships. In terms of Shooto, it was announced by UFC in 2012 that they have signed a development deal with the Vale Tudo Japan, its subsidiary. The UFC also signed a multi-event and multi-year broadcast deal with Invicta Fighting Championships in 2014, which allowed them to show all archived events at the UFC Fight Pass. This contract also allowed UFC to buy in fighters from Invicta.

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