The new list of UFC owners is star-studded, to say the least.
Late-night TV host Conan O’Brien revealed Thursday night that he’s part of a celebrity-laden group that bought a small ownership stake in UFC. Included in that group is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
WME-IMG recently purchased UFC for the whopping price of $4 billion in July. The talent agency allowed some of its clients to buy a small stake in the mixed martial arts company, and there apparently was no shortage of interest.
“I said yes and so now I technically own a piece of the UFC,” O’Brien said Thursday, according to FOXSports.com. “I am now part of a group of investors that includes Ben Affleck, Tom Brady, Mark Wahlberg, Adam Levine, Cam Newton, LL Cool J, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Sylvester Stallone, just to name a very few.”
UFC announced those celebrities’ involvement Friday, and it’s a group that also includes Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
“Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC’s fast-growing global presence,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement. “Our new investors bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to help us continue to elevate this brand and capitalize on its entertainment and sports crossover appeal.”