The Topps Company and the Ultimate Fighting Championship have announced an agreement that will give Topps exclusive rights to produce UFC brand trading cards featuring current, future and former UFC athletes. The deal lasts through May 2011 for UFC trading cards and stickers.
The new collector brand will allow fans to experience the history and excitement of UFC and will include all of the biggest mixed martial arts moments from the start of the brand at UFC 1 to the upcoming Nov. 15 mega-fight UFC 91, featuring returning Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar (predicted to be the organization's biggest event ever), and all the action-packed fights to come.
"MMA continues to become one of the most popular sports in the country and Topps is looking forward to joining forces with UFC's rising stars and illustrious history," said Warren Friss, Topps' GM of Sports & Entertainment. "We are extremely excited to work with UFC and give our collectors access that has never before been available in our industry."
As part of the deal, UFC will provide Topps with unique elements of their organization including images and memorabilia such as match-used gloves and pieces of the UFC Octagon. These will give the loyal fan a literal piece of the UFC or that special event. These cards are highly collectible and sought after and usually sequentially numbered to a limited quantity. Some of the UFC brand cards available to collectors will feature: Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, MattHughes, Brock Lesnar, Royce Gracie, Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson and many others.
"We are excited to be working with Topps to showcase our incredible athletes on UFC trading cards," said Dana White, UFC President. "We look forward to having great success with Topps, and to giving UFC fans a product they can collect and trade with other fans of our sport."
The UFC trading cards will launch in early 2009.