The UFC, also known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has seen immense growth over the past decade. The company promises to deliver proper mixed martial arts with dynamic personalities and brutal fights. Founded in November 1993, the company started from humble beginnings to a worldwide phenomenon.
Celebrity ownership of different avenues and interests is not a unique shift. In the UFC, there are quite a few stars from separate courses of action who wanted a piece of the company. This is a testament to the growth and popularity of the company. From Tom Brady to Serena Williams, multiple celebrities have a share in the UFC.
Keeping that in mind, let’s have a glance at ten celebrities who own the UFC.
The popular actor and producer Mark Wahlberg is one of the most popular celebrities in America. Starting off as a rapper in the Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch duo, he then transitioned into acting and producing. Movies like ‘Departed’ and ‘Boogie Nights’ were some of his successful endeavors.
According to Sportskeeda, the actor owns a $45 million worth of stake in the UFC. Mark is known to be a huge fan of combat sports. Recently, he was witnessed attending the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia bout. Nonetheless, it is no surprise that he is a part owner of the company.
An icon of American films, Sylvester Stallone is an actor and producer who is considered a household name in the industry. His roles in the Rocky and Rambo franchises have solidified Stallone as a veteran in action movies. Rightfully so, he is a huge fan of boxing and MMA.
The 76-year-old actor also has a long-standing cordial relationship with the president of the UFC, Dana White. The ownership roster of the company has Sylvester Stallone as one of their promising stakeholders. ‘Rocky’ had mentioned previously his love for Conor McGregor and how he deserves an ownership stake in the company.
American football quarterback Tom Brady is regarded as one of the best players of all time. To a lot of UFC fans who are unfamiliar with the NFL, he is considered one of the greatest in the League. Disregarding football, he is one of the most successful and accomplished personalities in sports history, with an alleged net worth of over $500 million.
Tom Brady has invited himself to the line of celebrities who are part owners of the company. It was reported in 2016 that the NFL superstar had owned part of the company. Although the accurate numbers are unclear, Brady’s interest in investing in the organization shows the UFC’s growth over the years.
American professional tennis player Serena Williams needs no introduction. She is considered to be a household name for non-sports fans alike. Her tennis career had met a lot of success early on in her career. In addition to her Tennis career, she is also a businesswoman and an entrepreneur.
Serena Williams, alongside her famous sister Venus Williams, was reported to own part of the UFC. Serena is known to own a $75 million worth share in the company. This is a huge business decision for the Tennis genius and proves the company’s major role in the world of sports.
American actor Ben Affleck is a popular figure in the film industry. The 50-year-old actor is considered to be a veteran in the game. Mostly known for his role as ‘Chuckie Sullivan’ in the 1997 movie ‘Goodwill Hunting,’ Affleck has only starred in other popular movies like ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’
To no one’s surprise, the American actor also owns a part of the UFC. Ben Affleck was part of a group of celebrities in 2016 who were reported to own the company. However, the numbers are not clear on how much the American actor owns part of the UFC.
Jimmy Kimmel is an American television host and comedian who has popularized the late-night format. His show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ is considered to be one of the most popular shows in the industry. Throughout the years, Kimmel has dipped his toes into writing and appearing in movies and television shows.
An unexpected turn of events for the late-night tv host was owning part of the UFC. Despite inviting UFC stars like Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey onto his show to promote their fights, Jimmy Kimmel’s UFC endeavor was a unique venture for the comedian.
Scottish DJ, singer, and songwriter Calvin Harris is a popular personality in the electronic dance music market. Harris is solely responsible for producing popular tracks such as ‘How Deep is Your Love’ and ‘Summer.’ Amassing an alleged net worth of over $300 Million, it is no surprise that the DJ has made a name for himself.
However, a surprising fact about the Scottish DJ is his ownership of the UFC. Calvin Harris is a part of the celebrity group that was announced to be a stakeholder in the company.
Considered to be a prominent figure in R&B/Soul music, Abel, also known as ‘The Weeknd’ is a notable name in the music industry. With popular tracks like ‘Save Your Tears’ and ‘The Hills,’ the Canadian songwriter has written quite a few noteworthy singles.
He is another celebrity who was a part of the UFC acquisition in 2016. ‘The Weeknd’ is a part of dozen other celebrities who are stakeholders in the company. According to HypeBeast, Abel had to invest a minimum of $250,000 for the stake.
The frontman of the popular boyband Maroon 5, Adam Levine, is a popular singer-songwriter. Noteworthy tracks such as ‘Stereo Hearts’ and ‘Locked Away’ are some of Adam’s produced singles. His band Maroon 5 is alleged to amass a net worth of over $50 million throughout their career.
Adam Levine is also known for his several business ventures disregarding music. His ownership stake at the UFC is considered to be one of the most successful decisions for the Maroon 5 frontman.
The host of ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ is regarded as the best among late-night TV show hosts. Being the writer for the popular show ‘Simpsons,’ Conan O’Brien has amassed a dedicated fanbase throughout his career and has one of the most popular shows of all time.
“I technically own a piece of the UFC,” revealed Conan O’Brien. The late-night talk show host is a part of celebrity investors who own part of the UFC. This was an exciting announcement from Conan that excited fans and viewers alike.
Ritvik Malhotra is an NBA editor and writer for FirstSportz. He has previously worked with renowned media outlets such as FootTheBall and EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for nearly a decade and has been a diehard fan of Kevin Durant since his heydays with the Oklahoma City Thunder. When not writing about the beautiful game, he enjoys his rock playlist.
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