UFC Executive Vice President and General Manager for Operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Tom Wright’s name has now been added to the list of Zuffa employees who are confirmed to have been laid off by new owners WME-IMG as they look to reduce the number of staff at the organization by around 15%.
Wright joined the UFC in 2010 to head the UFC’s Canadian office in Toronto after having previously been the commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
He quickly became a familiar face, fronting press conferences in Canada, while behind the scenes he helped legalize the sport in a number of states including Ontario in Canada and Victoria in Australia.
Even a recently as this week it still appeared to be business as usual for Wright as he spoke to reporters about the revelation that Canada’s biggest MMA star, Georges St. Pierre had just declared himself a free agent.
“I do know with Georges an agreement remains in place and it has been in place since he quote, unquote retired back in 2013,” Wright told Postmedia. “We have every intention of fulfilling all of our obligations in that agreement that he has with us. We expect the same from Georges.”
Wright is far from alone in having now been shown the exit door as the axe has also fallen on many of his counterparts too, such as Asia VP Ken Berger and Brazilian chief Giovanni Decker, along with Global Brand Officer Garry Cook, VP of public relations Dave Sholler and Chief Content OFficer Marshall Zelaznik to name but a few.