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Adieu, gladiator man: UFC using new opener for 143

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The UFC has gone through many changes and growing pains through the past nine years, but through it all, MMA fans could count on one constant: gladiator man. The anonymous man in a possibly-plastic gladiator costume opened UFC pay-per-views.

Now, he will be replaced by a one-minute long clip that is supposed to encompass all eras of the UFC. The update is to help the UFC get with the times.

"The UFC is heading into a new chapter and taking the brand to the next level," UFC president Dana 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."

But what of gladiator man? Word is he will enjoy a nice retirement package and is moving to a nice home at Del Boca Vista.

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