It’s time to pour out a little liquor for the Gladiator that has starred in the opening clip of UFC pay-per-views for nearly the past decade. During Thursday’s press conference, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) confirmed the company has told the Gladiator to PEACE OUT.
“The UFC is heading into a new chapter and taking the brand to the next level,” White stated. “We’ve had the same show open for the past nine years, and with his monumental FOX deal and the global expansion of the UFC, we wanted to come up with a new show open that paid tribute to the fighters who helped us build the business and grow the sport.”
Following today’s presser, the UFC invited credentialed media for a screening of the new 60-second opener, which is entitled “Evolution.” No cameras were allowed in the room, but let’s just say fans will not be disappointed with the overdue upgrade.
The new introduction will be unveiled this Saturday at “UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit.” The PPV broadcast features an interim welterweight title tilt between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit.
Please click the media player below and pay your final respects to the Gladiator: