UFC announces Motel 6 at “Official Economy Lodging Partner”

January 14, 2019

The UFC officially announced that Motel 6 as the “Official Economy Lodging Partner” of the UFC on Monday. The company logo visible in the Octagon at UFC events.

According to the UFC press release:

UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new integrated marketing partnership with Motel 6, the leading economy lodging provider with more than 1,430 owned and franchised hotels across the United States and Canada.

Under the terms of the agreement, Motel 6 becomes UFC’s first-ever “Official Economy Lodging Partner,” creating a new sponsorship category for the MMA promotion. In return, Motel 6 will have a branded presence inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon® for select UFC events, including several Pay-Per-Views and a variety of ESPN and ESPN+ telecasts.

“We’re excited to join with Motel 6 to create a new partnership category for UFC,” said Paul Asencio, UFC Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships. “This new agreement strengthens our relationship with Motel 6 and allows our respective brands to work together to grow our customers in key markets.”

UFC and Motel 6 have partnered on several UFC events since November 2017.

Elevating our partnership with the UFC will enhance the visibility of the Motel 6 brand across a diverse, multi-channel sports platform,” said Lance Miceli, Chief Revenue Officer at G6 Hospitality, owner and franchisor of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands. “We’re excited for the activation opportunities to increase engagement among our guest population and UFC’s substantial fan base.”

Additional partnership activations will include in-venue commercials, branded integrations in select UFC Pay-Per-Views and collaborations on digital and social media campaigns. Motel 6 will also have a branded presence at several UFC Fan Experience activations in the U.S.

Payout Perspective:

The wording of the partnership keeps open the potential to have an “Official Hotel Partner” of the UFC in addition to Motel 6. The timing of the announcement makes sense since the UFC debuts on ESPN+ and UFC programming has been flooding ESPN’s networks of late. It is also another sponsorship secured under the new regime of Endeavor (WME-IMG).

3 Responses to “UFC announces Motel 6 at “Official Economy Lodging Partner””

  1. Vadim White on January 14th, 2019 10:38 PM

    Paul Asencio LOL…for a moment I read it as Paul Atencio and wondered, what the former Affliction CEO turned to be graphic designer does in UFC HQ?

  2. RRG on January 15th, 2019 10:13 AM

    I am in the Hospitality biz and I can say Motel 6 is a nice fit but I really am surprised that they and Choice Hotels could not work out something. Motel 6 is big, but they are not everywhere.

  3. RRG on January 15th, 2019 10:13 AM

    I am in the Hospitality biz and I can say Motel 6 is a nice fit but I really am surprised that they and Choice Hotels could not work out something. Motel 6 is big, but they are not everywhere.

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