UFC has lost yet another head honcho. Per a report by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, Joe Carr, UFC’s senior executive of content and international, is departing from the promotion after five years of service. Sources close to the situation say Carr made the decision on his own to exit UFC.
Carr, who joined the promotion back in 2012, helped UFC’s international expansion efforts and played a significant role in the creation of UFC Fight Pass. He leaves behind a productive track record and a major hole to fill heading into the final quarter of 2017.
Carr’s exit from the promotion shouldn’t come as a major surprise considering a handful of executives jumped ship when UFC was sold to international conglomerate WME-IMG last year. Dave Sholler, former UFC senior vice president of public relations and athlete marketing and development, left the promotion back in 2016 in favor of working for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. Joe Silva, UFC’s most recognizable matchmaker, also announced his retirement last year.
With more notoriety comes bigger opportunities for some of the UFC’s big wigs. Carr’s departure probably won’t be the last, especially as old doors close and new doors open under the evolving management of WME-IMG.