Spike additionally signed on to broadcast reside UFC Fight Night, a collection of fight events debuting in August 2005, and Countdown specials to advertise upcoming UFC pay-per-view playing cards. The purchases continued to increase and noticed the group build-up with Marc Ratner being hired by them. UFC bought others such because the World Fighting Alliance and in their largest transfer, Pride Fighting Championships. While it was expected that the 2 would run together, ultimately they aligned collectively as Dana White felt that Pride was not sustainable. UFC 12 – The primary match cut up right into a heavyweight (over 200 lb) and light-weight (200 lb and underneath) division; and the eight-man event ceased.

In addition to the per-fight rate, fighters would additionally receive royalty funds representing 20 percent of any UFC merchandise bought that bears their likeness. The royalty program would additionally include retired fighters and proceed in perpetuity.

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