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Senior execs Garry Cook, Marshall Zelaznik among high-level UFC layoffs

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The names of those affected by the UFC's layoffs have begun trickling out, including some of the highest-ranking officials in the company.

Garry Cook, Marshall Zelaznik, Ken Berger, and Jaime Pollack are among those who have been let go by the UFC's new ownership group, WME-IMG, sources told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. The names were initially reported by MMAJunkie.com.

(Update: Social media director Shanda Maloney, senior vice president of technology Ed Muncey and controller Brad Smuckler were also let go Tuesday, per sources.)

Cook, the best known public name among the group, joined the UFC in 2012 after a career as a soccer executive, including a stint as CEO for Manchester City Football Club. He was promoted by the UFC to the company's chief global branding officer and as head of international business development two years ago.

Zelaznik, who was with the company for a decade, was the UFC's chief content officer.  His previous duties included a key role in Zuffa's London office, in securing international television deals, and with the launch of UFC Fight Pass.

Berger ran the company's Asian operation, having spent the past three years as executive vice-president and GM for the continent, while Pollack, a senior vice-president for global content who ran operations in Latin America, had been with the company a dozen years and was heavily involved in getting the promotion established in Brazil.

When all is said and done, about 60 to 80 employees from all levels of the company are expected to be cut in a company of approximately 350 employees.