UFC action figures aren’t the only collectibles that will soon hit store shelves -- trading cards are now in the production pipeline and will be available sometime in 2009.
The mixed martial arts promotion recently announced that it had struck a three-year deal with Topps -- the leading creator and marketer of sports and related trading cards and entertainment products -- to produce trading cards and stickers that feature "current, future and former UFC athletes."
Here’s a snip from UFC President Dana White on the agreement:
"We are excited to be working with Topps to showcase our incredible athletes on UFC trading cards. We look forward to having great success with Topps, and to giving UFC fans a product they can collect and trade with other fans of our sport."
Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Brock Lesnar, Royce Gracie, Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson and many other fighters are expected to be featured in the initial series.
In addition to these top athletes from the promotion, Topps will also include the most memorable moments inside the Octagon, from UFC 1 all the way up to UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar" on November 15.
It is, after all, going to be the "biggest fight in UFC history."