July 27, 2015 11:45 ET

UFC GYM Franchise Announces Aggressive Expansion

MMA Fitness Franchise Now Operating More Than 120 Units in 25 U.S. States and in Australia

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 27, 2015) - The UFC GYM franchise announced it will be aggressively expanding throughout the United States and into Canada. The franchise system, which has more than 120 units in 25 U.S. states, as well as in Australia, plans to open more than 100 stores in 2015.

Philip Jacobs, director of franchise development for UFC, said he hopes to get 150 new franchising commitments from existing franchisees and 125 commitments from outside prospects over the next few years.

"You want to be first," Jacobs said. "You want to get the best locations, the best markets in the UFC GYM franchise -- and today's the best day to do that."

UFC GYM has become one of the fastest-growing fitness franchises in the world. It helps its customers achieve fitness goals using the formula of mixed martial arts, personal training, specialized equipment and attention to healthy eating that has helped fighters achieve UFC stardom.

UFC is already the largest boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts network in the world, with more than 120 locations in the United States and Australia. Its turn-key and semi-absentee operation allows franchisees to quickly open and operate multiple locations. That's important, because the popularity of the UFC brand is exploding -- creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to take the UFC brand and use it to build a powerful business.

Since the UFC held its first sporting event in 1993, the UFC brand has become widely known internationally. We are the largest mixed martial arts promotion company, and our sporting events have featured some of the best fighters from around the globe. Through television deals, our sporting events reach viewers in Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia.

The UFC brand provides instant recognition for franchisees, who are able to attract customers and benefit from gym membership dues, the sale of group and individual training programs, and merchandise sales. Gym members can spar inside the Octagon -- and we offer a lot more. We offer adult and youth training in jiu-jitsu and wrestling, as well as mat room workouts, various fitness and exercise programs, Ultimate Training and Functional Fitness classes, in addition to private coaching and one-on-one training.

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