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Famed musicians, athletes, actors among new UFC's investors

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Nate Diaz, left, and Conor McGregor square off at the UFC 202 weigh-in at MGM Grand on Aug. 19, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Nate Diaz, left, and Conor McGregor square off at the UFC 202 weigh-in at MGM Grand on Aug. 19, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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Two late night talk show hosts, two NFL quarterbacks, four champion tennis players, a celebrity chef, a superstar DJ, and a man whose claim to fame is playing a smart-talking grandma were revealed as investors in the $4-billion acquisition of UFC.

The internationally-hailed fighting organization announced Friday the list of investors who are involved in talent agency WME's purchase of UFC.

The investors include:

  • The Weeknd, recording artist
  • Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5
  • Anthony Keidis, lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Ben Affleck, actor
  • Calvin Harris, DJ
  • Cam Newton, NFL quarterback
  • Conan O'Brien, late-night talk show host
  • Flea, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Guy Fieri, celebrity chef
  • Jimmy Kimmel, late-night talk show host 
  • Li Na, tennis pro
  • LL Cool J, recording artist and actor
  • Maria Sharapova, tennis pro
  • Mark Wahlberg, actor
  • Michael Bay, film director
  • Rob Dyrdek, skateboarder
  • Robert Kraft, owner of NFL's New England Patriots
  • Serena Williams, tennis pro
  • Sylvestor Stallone, actor
  • Tom Brady, NFL quarterback
  • Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park
  • Tyler Perry, actor, producer and director
  • Venus Williams, tennis pro

UFC President Dana White, who is expected to remain in his role post-acquisition, applauds the potential cross-over appeal with the investment group.

"Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC's fast-growing global presence," White said.

Casino owners the Fertitta brothers, who are selling the organization, purchased UFC in 2001 for $2 million. In a report, the soon-to-be former owners will have a minority presence and a diminished role in WME's UFC.

The WME/UFC deal was first announced in July.

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