UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has informed the company that he will leave his job with the organization, possibly as soon as the end of 2016, MMAjunkie has learned from a person close to the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not publicly authorized to discuss the matter. Silva’s departure will come on the heels of the UFC’s sale to a group headed up by talent agency WME-IMG , a deal that Silva is said to have profited from as a company executive. That financial gain, and not any discontent with the sale or new owners, is motivating Silva’s decision to retire, the source said. A UFC matchmaker since the promotion was owned and operated by SEG prior to its sale to Zuffa in 2001, Silva has worked for the UFC for 21 years. In 2013, Silva and fellow matchmaker Sean Shelby spoke to MMAjunkie about the stresses and emotional toll of the complex job

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End of an era: Following promotion’s sale, matchmaker Joe Silva leaving UFC – MMA Junkie

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