Is Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the process of cleaning house?
It appears that way, as Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer (via Forbes) recently stated that new owners WME-IMG are looking to bring in some of its own people to run the day-to-day operations within the promotion following the massive $4 billion transaction later this year.
And come the new year, UFC will likely look like a completely different company:
"Joe Silva and Dave Sholler are the big names to go so far, but they won't be the last. WME-IMG want to bring in their own people. I've been told that by January it will be a very, very different company. A lot of people behind the scenes are worried about their future or looking elsewhere."
Longtime matchmakerJoe Silva was the first to announce his intentions to leave the promotion later this year. Soon, thereafter, Public Relations head Dave Sholler also revealed he'd be bolting Las Vegas to join the Philadelphia 76'rs NBA team.
Of course, Silva's position was filled in house, as Sean Shelby, who served as Joe's matchmaking partner over the years, was promoted as head matchmaker. No word on who will fill Sholler's shoes, yet.
WME-IMG, however, will not have an issue filling that void, as the new owners have plenty of qualified and talented employees representing these stars, as the company boasts many of Hollywood's top agents and managers in the business.
One person that won't be leaving anytime soon is company president Dana White, as he inked a very lucrative five-year deal with the new owners shortly after the sale.