UFC’s Toronto Presser: Tom Wright head of new corporate office in Canada

Dana White and UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta were at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada today for the announcement that the UFC will open an office in Toronto and that former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the former President of Adidas Canada, Tom Wright will lead Canadian operations for the UFC as Director.

Dana White, Speaking at today’s press conference at the Rogers Center, said:

“The support that we receive from the fans and the media here is second to none. Vancouver was our fastest sellout in history, and every other fight that we’ve held here has been a huge success. It’s time for UFC to show its commitment to this country, and prove that we are as passionate about our Canadian fans as they are about us.”

Lorenzo Fertitta, Speaking at today’s press conference at the Rogers Center, said:

“I am pleased to announce we are opening an office in Canada, and that Tom Wright, who is so respected and accomplished here in Canada, will lead our business in this critically important market. This will be the second international office for the UFC, and much like our UK operation, this presence will allow us to better serve the fans and businesses here, and to continue on our path of global expansion.”

Tom Wright, Speaking at today’s press conference at the Rogers Center, said:

“I am honoured to have this opportunity to lead Canadian operations for the UFC and to be involved in this incredible period of time in the sport’s history. I look forward to helping the UFC build its brand and business in Canada, to working side by side with sports visionaries Frank Fertitta, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White, and to the amazing journey that lies ahead.”

Presser Highlights:

– UFC will indeed open new corporate offices in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Tom Wright, the former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the former President of Adidas Canada was tapped as the lead man.

– Preliminary discussions with Ontario officials are underway and the UFC expects nationwide sanctioning in the very near future.

– Zuffa has a goal of holding three events in Canada annually.

– First priority is to have mixed martial arts sanctioned in all ten provinces in Canada, other priorities include opening UFC Gyms as well as pursuing further merchandising and licensing business opportunities.

– The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show will eventually come to Canada.

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