US-based company, which has specialized in Mixed Martial Arts

Zuffa, LLC (pronounced /ˈzuːfə/) is an American sports promotion company of mixed martial arts. It was founded in January 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada by Station Casinos executives Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta to be the parent entity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after they purchased it from the Semaphore Entertainment Group. Lorenzo Fertitta is the company's CEO and Chairman while Dana White runs the day-to-day operations.[2] Zuffa is co-owned by Fertitta brothers (40.5% each), Dana White (9%) and Sheik Tahnoon of Abu Dhabi (Flash Entertainment) (10%).[3]

Zuffa, LLC
Limited liability company
IndustrySports promotion
Founded2001 (2001)
FounderFrank Fertitta III
Lorenzo Fertitta
Key people
Lorenzo Fertitta
(Chairman & CEO)
Dana White[1]
OwnerFrank Fertitta III (40.5%)
Lorenzo Fertitta (40.5%)
Flash Entertainment (10%)
Dana White (9%)[2]
SubsidiariesUltimate Fighting Championship


Zuffa is credited around the world for turning around the UFC and increasing the status of mixed martial arts in the United States from one with a limited audience and regional competitions to a multi-million dollar company with millions of viewers and internationally popular events.[source?]

The word "Zuffa" is an Italian word, meaning "scuffle"


  1. "Zuffa, LLC". Bloomberg Businessweek. bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Minority interest sold in UFC parent company". Yahoo! Sports. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  3. "Zuffa Announces 10% Sale To Abu Dhabi's Flash Entertainment". MMA Convert. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-01-12.