UFC Bans Gun, Hunting Sponsors
January 24, 2012
There's a report circulating on the internet that Ultimate Fighting Championships, a popular mixed-martial arts sport, will no longer allow its participants to be sponsored by shooting- and hunting-related companies. UFC is owned by Zuffa LLC
Here's the report, which comes from the website, themmacorner. (Similar reports have surfaced on other MMA sites.)
"The MMA Corner has learned that the ban includes companies related to guns, knives, ammunition, and hunting. It will go into effect on Jan. 23. The ban has been extended to all UFC events, not just those broadcast on the Fox family of networks."
We contacted the UFC press room at the address provided on its website to give the company an opportunity to respond, but no comment was received by the deadline we gave them. The website Cage Potato says UFC told them "These are rules set in place by Fox" but issued no further comment. Fox has the rights to televise many UFC events.
According to MMA Corner and other outlets, UFC fighters have been sponsored by Las Vegas-based The Gun Store. Further, companies such as ammunition maker ATK have used UFC fighters to promote its products.
UFC also seems to have a strong following among some segments of the shooting and hunting communities. If you're a fan, will you continue to watch UFC fights?