UFC Drafts Modelo To Replace Bud Light, Anheuser-Busch In New Brew Alliance
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 05:19PM
NYSportsJournalism.com in Modelo, UFC, UFC, sports marketing

By Barry Janoff

October 9, 2017: There is a new brew partner in the UFC universe, and its name is Modelo.

UFC signed its second major partnership in a week, naming Modelo Especial as its official beer and malt beverage in the U.S.

The multi-year alliance begins in 2018, with Modelo replacing Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s Bud Light, the UFC’s official global partner since 2008.

It was called a multimillion-dollar deal by UFC and Modelo.

The new partnership comes a week after Las Vegas-based UFC signed a deal naming BodyArmor as its official sports drink.

Other UFC partners include 7-Eleven, Reebok, Harley-Davidson, Toyo Tires and sports supplement company Performance Inspired,

Unlike its arrangement with Anheuser-Busch, the Modelo pact allows UFC to sign deals with other brewers around the world.

"Modelo is an amazing brand that shares UFC’s unmatched commitment to its fan base,” UFC president Dana White said in a statement. "I love Modelo and we’re already talking about doing a lot of exciting things together."

UFC and Modelo said they would work together to "create unique and engaging content to inspire their fans."

Among other activation, Modelo said it would have branding and signage in the Octagon during bouts, presenting sponsorship for select UFC Pay-Per-View events and VIP Experiences.

As part of its planned multi-media marketing, Modelo said it would use UFC athletes in advertising, with support to include POP, live-viewing parties at select UFC event, a national sweepstakes campaign, a presence during live-event broadcasts and on UFC.com, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

Modelo is brewed, imported and marketed exclusively for the U.S. by Constellations Brands, the No. 3 beer company in the country behind Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors.

Constellations Brands also handles Corona Extra and Ballast Point as well as Casa Noble Tequila and Svedka Vodka.

According to Ann Legan, vp-marketing for Casa Modelo with Constellation Brands Beer Division, "Uniting the passionate fans of UFC with Modelo, a brand that stands for the fighting spirit is an ultimate win for our consumers and our company.

"With both UFC and Modelo driving unprecedented growth for our respective industries, this partnership is a game-changer for Modelo and we look forward to creating new experiences for fans."

Modelo also has alliances that include the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Chicago White Sox, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the self-acquired title as the "official beer of the beautiful game."

UFC was acquired by WME-IMG in 2016 for $4 billion, according to industry analysts.

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