The UFC has been a driving force in the battle for acceptance of mixed martial arts across the United States and the world. To that effort they have spent countless dollars on lobbyists to push their agenda across the country and in Washington, DC:
The industry-leading fight promotion shelled out $620,000, double the amount of Major League Baseball and nearly five times the National Basketball Association's payout, according to the Center for Responsible Politics.
The NFL dwarfed all major sporting organizations with $1.14 million.
The UFC's 2012 figures represent a 51 percent increase from the previous year, in which parent company Zuffa spent $410,000 in Washington, and a 158 percent increase from $240,000 in 2008, when CRP first tracked lobbying records.
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