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Following partnerships with NBA, MLB, UFC, PGA Tour and numerous star athletes, the recovery and performance technology company has transformed its financial fortunes, as well as its domestic and international profile, this year. Bob Williams reports

Abu Dhabi is using UFC's 'Fight Island' as a pilot project to determine if it can expand the event's 'safety bubble' model to include spectators. SportBusiness speaks to Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, executive director of tourism and marketing for the city's Department of Culture and Tourism.

The Abu Dhabi government has turned the majority of Yas Island into a ten-square-mile safe zone just for the UFC, with each of the 2,500 people on site being tested for Covid-19 on five separate occasions during their stay.

Endeavor's financial difficulties are pushing the UFC to stage events, which could risk severe damage to the promotion's hard-won reputation.

If you're a broadcaster or sponsor, partnerships with global, A-list combat events are fantastic to have. But if fighters’ identities and abilities don’t resonate with your audience, the properties or events they appear on are almost never A-list enough to warrant the investment.

Pay-television broadcaster Abu Dhabi Media has launched a specialist combat sports channel, Abu Dhabi Fight, which is exclusively available via telco Etisalat

Rush Street Interactive, the US-based betting and online casino company, has incorporated the UFC Event Centre, the UFC’s first-ever live betting data product, into its offering in a tie-up with IMG A…

Mixed martial arts promotion UFC has agreed a “multi-year” extension of its global content agreement with social-media platform Snapchat.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship could have spectators present for upcoming events at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi

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Greg Pitcher looks at the implications of a deal that will make the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas the official home of UFC.

Can MMA retain its edgy appeal and fulfil its ultimate ambition to become an Olympic sport, or is there more work to do to bring the sport into the ‘mainstream’? SportBusiness International investigates.

A successful console video game can act as the perfect social media marketing tool. Owen Evans looked at the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the rights-holder everyone in the sports industry is talking about, and its new official game project.

Watch our Q&A with Keith Ramsdale, EA’s northern Europe vice-president and general manager, tell all about the new UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) console game, after he met SportBusiness International at London's Cafe Royal. 

Dana White, President of the UFC, tells SportBusiness International why his sport will succeed: "Two guys who start punching each other in the face. That doesn’t need to be explained to anybody in any language."

Barry Wilner looks at how MGM Resorts International’s proposed multi-purpose arena in Las Vegas will herald a new area for Sin City’s sports scene.