UFC Announces First-Ever Comic Book

Mixed martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced its first-ever comic book. Titled Tales of UFC: Return to the Octagon, the comic book will commemorate the 25th anniversary of UFC.

Copies of the limited print edition were available at The Forum during UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustaffson 2 on Saturday, December 29.

Tales of UFC: Return to the Octagon is written by Dave Dwonch, who previously wrote Infinite Seven, Vamplets (with Gayle “My Little Pony” Middleton), Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab and the NFL Rush Zone comic series. The story features art by Jason Federhenn (The Harcourt Legacy) and colors by Brad Simpson (Marvel’s Vengeance, Dynamite’s Captain Victory and Galactic Rangers, as well as Dark Horse’s Catalyst Comics).

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“I’m honored to collaborate with UFC on their first comic, and thrilled that this might be some of their fans first comic as well,” Dwonch said in a press release. “We’ve really created something special here, and I can’t wait for readers to find their newest hero in the pages of Tales of UFC!”

This first issue’s story begins in 2008, as Mike “The Takedown” Mercury is “drafted into a war against an intergalactic crime syndicate known as ‘THE RING.’ Outfitted with hi-tech alien armor, Mike leaves his world behind, including his eight-year old daughter Maxine, to save the universe. A decade later, THE RING has now set its sights on Earth, with Mike returning home to continue the fight.”

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