The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts series has opted to extend its partnership with the USA Wrestling national governing body.
Having already worked together for a year, the two organisations will continue joint efforts to promote interest in both wrestling and MMA. This will include collaborating on a range of projects to support each organisation’s activities.
Under the agreement, the two bodies will utilise the UFC’s various expertise and resources to feature USA Wrestling and its activities across a range of areas such as official UFC broadcasts, social and digital media.
In addition, USA Wrestling will provide its 250,000-member community with exclusive opportunities to experience UFC through various platforms. This will include UFC events, UFC Fight Club, UFC Gym locations, UFC Fight Pass, UFC Rewards and International Fight Week. The governing body will also use its own media platform to share information and opportunities about UFC to its members.
“Our sports are closely entwined, and there are many ways we can help support each other,” USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender said. “We look forward to finding creative and effective ways to add even more value to this strong relationship.”
Lou Lauria, vice-president of federation relationships and corporate social responsibility at the UFC, added: “UFC has a long and rich history supporting the development of amateur athletes and our relationship with USA Wrestling dates back to the very beginning of UFC.”
Numerous athletes who have competed with USA Wrestling have gone on to become successful UFC fighters, including: Olympic champion Henry Cejudo (pictured), Olympic silver medallists Sara McMann and Matt Lindland, two-time Olympian Dan Henderson, two-time Olympian and six-time U.S. Open national champion Daniel Cormier, two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) champion Johny Hendricks and NCAA All-Americans Chris Weidman and Cain Velasquez.
USA Wrestling is one of a select few national governing bodies within the Olympic community to be an official partner with UFC.