The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has closed its investigation into whether the UFC violated federal monopoly laws with its purchase of Strikeforce after determining that “no further action is warranted” at this time.
The UFC fueled monopoly accusations after buying Strikeforce, its biggest competitor, last March, but the promotion has remained active with 12 events over the last 10 months with another scheduled for March and recently signed a new contract with Showtime.
Meanwhile, Bellator, now the second-largest MMA organization, was purchased by Viacom in October and will move to the UFC’s previous home on Spike TV next year.
The FTC’s full statement on ending their investigation of the UFC is available on FTC.gov.
Pictured: UFC President Dana White