Owners to hold UFC Fighter Retreat this weekend in Vegas

May 17, 2017

MMA Fighting reports that the UFC’s new owners are holding a retreat this weekend in Vegas for all contracted UFC fighters.  Travel expenses to Vegas will be paid by the company.

The retreat will be held at the new UFC offices in Las Vegas and will kick off with a grand opening of the UFC Performance Institute.  This weekend’s UFC Athlete Retreat will also include “experts across sports, entertainment and business” speaking to the fighters.  The retreat will be a chance for the co-CEO’s Ari Emanuela nd Patrick Whitesell to formally meet the fighters.

According to MMA Fighting,  fighters were sent an email with the invitation.  Fighters with conflicting schedules are exempt from attendance.

Payout Perspective:

It’s not known if attendance is mandatory for those with conflicting schedules.  You may recall this was the issue with Al Iaquinta.  The retreat offers the fighters a chance to see the new campus and the UFC training facility.  Also, it gives the new owners a formal opportunity to address the fighters and quell fighter discontent which has seemingly been on the rise since the sale.

6 Responses to “Owners to hold UFC Fighter Retreat this weekend in Vegas”

  1. d on May 17th, 2017 7:26 AM

    Considering they are independent contractors, this should not be something that is mandatory.

  2. Peter on May 17th, 2017 8:20 AM

    How many owners do ufc have now why mention that the many owners of ufc are paying ufc fighters travel expenses no mention of were fighters would be staying is it 5* and who’s paying sounds like a boring seminar was the dress code can The fighters were any sports brand besides reeboks Dana white was said the legend couture was a pussy outside the cage and only a man in it because Dana was in restaurant and couture was also eating there and he didn’t give Dana a second look in Dana’s head couture is scared of him no his not real men don’t hit women or cowards plus you would press charges Dana thank your lucky stars people still let you get on your soapbox and talk your nonsense

    and couture

  3. Fight Fan on May 17th, 2017 10:05 AM

    Hmm reminds me of work meetings where they bring donuts and coffee to try to ease the issues happening.

  4. d on May 17th, 2017 10:12 AM

    They have work meetings at Buffalo Wild Wings?

  5. TopsE on May 17th, 2017 11:23 AM

    Hahahaha…problems problems…..its a chance for emanuel to tell the fighters to shut up.hahaha…luke rockhold,latest to fight dw,now bisping refuses to fight romero…good for the fighters.

  6. Cutch on May 18th, 2017 2:29 PM

    WME IMG don’t really deal with the fighters that’s the UFC’s job, Dana, Sean Shelby, Mick Maynard and others. Ari is one of the best negotiators around, he represents all types of sports & sponsors in the IMG part from Chiba to India to marque events like Wimbledon & the PGA tour, he also represents sponsors which is why a company like Visa would sponsor the European Champions League

    Dana wouldn’t have been on TNT talking about the Conor-Floyd fight but he was because he represents both Conan O’Brien & E Sports that are both on Turner channels. He apparently got 5 times the amount the UFC were getting in Russia and got them a deal with Fox Sports/Premium (a HBO type channel for PPVs) in Latin America (outside Brazil & Mexico) just last week.

    They represent The Chinese Super League (Soccer) outside China getting them decent deals and if you look up the crazy money they are spending it will help them in that market, it’s the same for the Indian Premier League, (cricket) those two are the fastest growing economies because of their vast population.

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