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Authors: Tara Ceranic
Published by: Ivey Publishing
Originally published in: 2011
Version: 2011-05-26
Length: 18 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC is controlled by its parent company Zuffa LLC, which is owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White. The UFC has seen a great deal of success since its purchase from its founders in 2001 for $2 million. The owners have made MMA a highly marketable product in terms of live event ticket sales, at home pay-per-view (PPV) purchases and general popularity among their key demographic: men aged 18 to 34. However, this success has mainly occurred within the United States and Lorenzo, current UFC chief executive officer (CEO), wants to expand the organization's reach across the globe. With several successful international events in countries that are fairly culturally comparable to the United States (the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada), Lorenzo must decide if the UFC can be culturally viable in several new international markets. Specifically, he is interested in the potential to operate in China, India and South Korea. This case has been designed for use in: International Business, Organizational Behaviour, Strategic Management, Business and Society (Business, Government and Society), Leadership and Marketing to address the following topics: The difficulty inherent in determining if a potential market (ie international location) will be a cultural fit for a product or service, competitive advantage, strategic development, analyzing the external environment, government regulation, the impact a leader has on organizational expansion, and brand development and management.
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Medium
Other setting(s):
2011

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Abstract

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC is controlled by its parent company Zuffa LLC, which is owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White. The UFC has seen a great deal of success since its purchase from its founders in 2001 for $2 million. The owners have made MMA a highly marketable product in terms of live event ticket sales, at home pay-per-view (PPV) purchases and general popularity among their key demographic: men aged 18 to 34. However, this success has mainly occurred within the United States and Lorenzo, current UFC chief executive officer (CEO), wants to expand the organization's reach across the globe. With several successful international events in countries that are fairly culturally comparable to the United States (the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada), Lorenzo must decide if the UFC can be culturally viable in several new international markets. Specifically, he is interested in the potential to operate in China, India and South Korea. This case has been designed for use in: International Business, Organizational Behaviour, Strategic Management, Business and Society (Business, Government and Society), Leadership and Marketing to address the following topics: The difficulty inherent in determining if a potential market (ie international location) will be a cultural fit for a product or service, competitive advantage, strategic development, analyzing the external environment, government regulation, the impact a leader has on organizational expansion, and brand development and management.

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Size:
Medium
Other setting(s):
2011

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