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UFC exec Dave Sholler leaving UFC for NBA’s 76ers

Dave Sholler speaks at a news conference after a UFC on Fox mixed martial arts event in Seattle, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Another one of the UFC’s major executives is leaving the promotion in the next month as Wednesday it was announced Dave Sholler would be moving on.

Sholler, UFC senior vice president of public relations, athlete marketing and development, is going to be leaving the world of mixed martial arts for the National Basketball Association.

He has accepted a job with the Philadelphia 76ers, and his last evening of business with the UFC will be the big New York card coming up — UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden.

UFC President Dana White broke the news Wednesday evening on the FOX Sports 1 show, TUF Talk, which follows the new episode of The Ultimate Fighter each week.

Sholler followed up White’s announcement, taking to social media to break the news in his own words.

“As Dana just announced on FS1, I’m heading home. I’ve accepted a job w/ my hometown team, the [76ers]. This has been the ride of a lifetime,” Sholler wrote on Twitter.

“It’s time to go home, to the organization I grew up rooting for. Will miss [the] fight game very, very much, but excited for the new challenge.

“Thank you ALL for the kind words. Amazing. Truly. Thank you. I’m closing this chapter with one final event: UFC 205.”

Sholler comes from New Jersey and, as he noted, has been a 76ers fan his entire life.

He got involved in MMA when he became a public relations executive for World Extreme Cagefighting in 2009.

When the WEC merged with UFC in 2010, Sholler was brought on board as well.

Over the years, Sholler became a pivotal figure for many UFC media events, often filling the spot of White when White was not present for things like press conferences and weigh-in events.

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