It’s been seven months since WME-IMG acquired the UFC for $4 billion-plus in July, but many fighters haven’t been formally introduced to their new bosses.
That’s all about to change, per Yahoo’s Kevin Iole.
The entire UFC roster, which consists of over 500 active fighters, have been invited to attend a UFC ‘athlete retreat’ in Las Vegas with co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell in May.
The event will span over a two-day period and fighters will be accompanied with several other WMG-IMG represented celebrities and musicians. In fact, a WME-IMG client will be performing a concert at the end of the retreat, and some of the celebrities will be conducting presentations.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion and current UFC vice president of athlete performance, Forrest Griffin, will unveil the new UFC Performance Institute, a free program which will allow fighters and coaches to learn new techniques centered on weight cutting, recovery, and training exercises.
An official date and venue hasn’t been confirmed, but the event is expected to take place in May.