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Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Courtesy of the Ultimate Fighting Championship:

Joe Hand Promotions Remains Exclusive Distributor of UFC® Events on Closed Circuit TV/Pay-Per-View for all Commercial Establishments

PHILADELPHIA, PA – 02/26/2008 – Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. and Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced a multi-year extension of their closed circuit television/pay per view agreement. The deal maintains Joe Hand Promotions as the exclusive commercial distributor in the United States for the UFC, the premiere brand in the sport of mixed martial arts, through 2009.

“The team at Joe Hand Promotions understands Closed Circuit TV better than anyone else in the business,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Their experience in the closed-circuit industry and their knowledge of the UFC brand has helped grow UFC into the country’s leading pay-per-view provider. I look forward to working with them in coming years and to continuing our success in closed-circuit TV.”

“We are honored to be the exclusive commercial distributor of the UFC – the world’s preeminent brand in the sport of mixed martial arts, with a loyal and ever-increasing fan base,” stated Hand, Jr.

Joe Hand Promotions acquired the UFC commercial distribution rights for the United States in 2001. Joe Hand Promotions and the UFC are excited to continue to provide sports bars, casinos and restaurants with the premiere brand of mixed martial arts Pay-Per-View programming.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship brand is the world's leading professional mixed martial arts organization, regulated by the most prestigious sports regulatory bodies in the United States. UFC live pay-per-view events take place at preeminent destinations including MGM Grand, MEN Arena, Mandalay Bay and 02 Arena, and consistently draw sell-out crowds with record-breaking gates. Presenting over twelve pay-per-view events per year, the UFC stands as the largest pay-per-view content provider in the United States.

Joe Hand Promotions has provided commercial establishments with sports and entertainment programming for over 37 years, including UFC 71 (Liddell vs. Jackson), Delahoya v. Mayweather, UFC 79 (St-Pierre vs. Hughes), Tyson v. Lewis, Tyson v. Holyfield & UFC 68 (Sylvia vs. Couture).