BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft are among a group of celebrities and athletes who have joined the new ownership team for the UFC.

Joined by several other partners, entertainment group WME | IMG acquired UFC in July.

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On Friday, UFC announced that Brady and Kraft had joined the new ownership group along with a long list of celebrities including Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, Conan O’Brien and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

“Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC’s fast-growing global presence,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement. “Our new investors bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to help us continue to elevate this brand and capitalize on its entertainment and sports crossover appeal.”

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It was initially reported in July that Kraft would own a small stake in the MMA organization.

Brady and Kraft have shown an interest in fighting in the past.

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The pair was spotted ringside in Las Vegas at the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight in May 2015.