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WME-IMG owners invite entire UFC roster to two-day retreat in Las Vegas

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

WME-IMG spent a lot of cash to purchase Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and takeover the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world. As a company driven by entertainment and business methodologies, some fight fans were worried that the new UFC ownership would diminish the integrity of the sport in favor of banking buck. While that hasn't necessarily been the case, outside of mass layoffs around the world, new CEO's Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell haven't really gone out of their way to meet with many current fighters, spreading more concern across the board. But that is about to change.

According to a report by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, WME-IMG will be inviting the entire 500-person UFC roster to a two-day retreat in Las Vegas this May. On top of the fighters, WME-IMG will bring in a variety of celebrities and musicians to assist in the retreat, some of which will be performing and presenting at the end of the festivities. Forrest Griffin, former UFC light heavyweight champion and current UFC vice president of athlete performance, will also be unveiling the new state-of-the-art UFC Performance Institute.

While it has taken them a little longer than people may have expected, this is a great move by new ownership. Some fighters have worried about the direction of the company after Zuffa was bought out and how WME-IMG plans to market in the future. This is a great way to find that out.

No official date or venue for the retreat has been confirmed at this time.

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