Key moments in UFC history
Nov. 12, 1993
Davie and WOW promotions sell their stake in UFC to Semaphore Entertainment Group.
Dec. 21, 1997
The UFC’s first event outside of North America takes place in Yokohama, Japan.
Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, operating under the name Zuffa, buy the UFC from Semaphore Entertainment Group for $2 million.
“The Ultimate Fighter” reality show debuts on Spike TV. In August, “UFC Fight Night” premieres on Spike.
UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay is headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir and does a then-MMA record 1.6 million buys on pay-per-view and $5.1 million at the gate.
Fox announces a seven-year deal with the UFC that will see the broadcast channel air as many as four events per year. In November, the UFC appears on network television for the first time.
Ronda Rousey becomes the first female to sign a deal with the UFC.
Fox Sports 1 officially launches and averages 1.78 million viewers for its first prime-time telecast, “UFC Fight Night.”
Reebok signs a $70 million partnership to become the UFC’s exclusive apparel outfitter, requiring all fighters to wear Reebok gear during fight week and inside the octagon.
The UFC’s anti-doping program, administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, goes into effect.
New York becomes the 50th state to legalize and regulate the sport.
July 10, 2016
One day after UFC 200 takes place, UFC President Dana White confirms that Zuffa has sold the UFC to an investment group led by WME-IMG for approximately $4 billion.